Criminal Procedure

Legal Ethics

Alabama judge censured for telling offenders who couldn’t afford fines to give blood or face jail

Evidence

Appellate judge calls for ban on expert claims of ‘unique’ ballistics matches

Constitutional Law

Convicted man whose request to represent himself was ‘virtually ignored’ gets new murder trial

Criminal Justice

Citing lawyer misconduct, federal judge grants new trial in cop shooting of a Chicago man

Ethics

Duty to report cases of child abuse involving clients is not absolute, says state ethics opinion

First Amendment

Florida appeals court quashes judge’s order that Palm Beach Post unpublish online transcripts

Criminal Justice

Grand jurors decline to indict in jailhouse death of Sandra Bland; prosecutor says case isn’t over

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court will review state laws making it a crime to refuse blood-alcohol tests

Trials & Litigation

Detective drops defamation suit against lawyer over her comments about teen sexting investigation

Privacy Law

‘Hand-wringing’ over digital surveillance is obstacle in terrorism fight, CIA director says

Juries

Was judge right to dismiss jury due to lack of black members? Top state court to decide

Criminal Procedure

9th Circuit OKs doubling of prison term for defendant who laughed at sentencing

White-Collar Crime

5th Circuit OKs conviction that led to 20-year prison term for lawyer who bribed judge

Criminal Justice

Lawyer convicted of murder, then granted new trial, has conviction reinstated

U.S. Supreme Court

Chemerinsky: New term’s most important cases—so far

Sentencing/Post Conviction

About 6,000 federal inmates will get early release at month’s end; will crime go up?

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court declines appeal citing juror’s racial slur in post-conviction affidavit

Criminal Justice

Rule that forgives the dead allows convicted lawyer’s family to claw back forfeited cash, judge says

Sentencing/Post Conviction

Oregon to give second chance to residents with marijuana convictions

Legal Rebels Profile

Michael Hollander’s digital expungement generator cleans records by the thousands