Appellate Practice

Criminal Justice

Ex-nurse gets jail time for ‘assisting’ suicide in comments made on Internet chat boards

Constitutional Law

New DOJ policy bans waiver of potential ineffective-assistance claims against defense counsel

Constitutional Law

Judge dismisses murder case against 3 men over prosecutorial misconduct, says they can’t be retried

Government Law

Appeals court says councilman ousted for letting homeless pal stay at city hall must be reinstated

Appellate Practice

Woman who won new murder trial despite earlier manslaughter plea bargain won’t be retried

Sentencing/Post-Conviction

7th Circuit explains how acquitted murder defendant can still be punished by sentencing judge

Constitutional Law

Once on death row for murder committed when he was 1,000 miles away, Texas man is free after plea

Appellate Practice

Using adverbs recklessly can hurt your appeal and vex the courts

Appellate Practice

Judge complains about smelly appeals documents; can the culprit be sniffed out?

Appellate Practice

5th Circuit rejects convicted Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford’s 299-page brief

Constitutional Law

Judge refuses to follow state supreme court order to dismiss voter ID suit, steps aside from case

Election Law

Asked to order Democrats to pick new US Senate candidate, top Kansas court sends case to trial judge

U.S. Supreme Court

Pick me! Lawyers tell SCOTUS why their gay-marriage cases are cert-worthy

Criminal Justice

Rape conviction overturned because defendant suffered from sexsomnia

Trials & Litigation

Judge scolds BP for squeezing extra lines into brief

Constitutional Law

9th Circuit OKs one late habeas filing, nixes another, says both inmates abandoned by same lawyer

Sentencing/Post Conviction

New conviction-integrity unit in DC is said to be first created by a federal prosecutor

Criminal Justice

NYC will pay $41M to five men who served time in Central Park jogger case, but admits no liability

Civil Rights

With ‘eye-popping speed,’ 7th Circuit strikes 2 states’ same-sex marriage bans 9 days after argument

U.S. Supreme Court

Some SCOTUS amicus briefs cite unsupported ‘facts’ and studies published only on the Internet