Criminal Procedure

Legislation & Lobbying

Despite 2014 law, those who can’t pay court fines are still jailed: So Colorado lawmaker tries again

Evidence

Evidence FBI obtained via malware in child pornography possession case is tossed by court

Criminal Justice

Judge reduces conviction in ex-cop’s fatal Brooklyn stairwell shooting

Features

Court systems rethink the use of financial bail, which some say penalizes the poor

Privacy Law

Cop turned bodycam on during ‘hallway deposition’ with defense lawyer, sparking outraged response

Death Penalty

Fast-track death-penalty appeals get a boost with 9th Circuit standing decision

Evidence

Judge rules woman’s alleged confession to counselor about grandmother’s death is admissible

Criminal Justice

So-called surprise convictions from paying a fine to be eliminated by Florida judicial circuit

Admiralty & Maritime Law

Deep-sea treasure hunter stays in jail as judge awaits ‘epiphany’ about 500 gold coins

Criminal Justice

Prosecutor’s failure to warn witness about inadmissible evidence was harmless error, court says

Criminal Justice

NYPD, Manhattan DA announce they will now issue summonses for low-level offenses

Features

Justice moves slowly for those who need interpreters

Criminal Procedure

Los Angeles courts see significant rise in mental health cases

Constitutional Law

Suit claims Florida violates due-process rights of drunken driving suspects

Criminal Justice

Jailed 6 months in paintbrush theft, man seeks plea hearing and return of ‘Mr. Froggy’

Constitutional Law

Trial judge got it right by appointing new counsel despite defendant’s objection, top NY court says

Civil Rights

Appeals court stops case mid-trial, in latest judge-prosecutor dispute over jury diversity

Criminal Procedure

Accused killer can’t be retried after judge’s mistaken mistrial ruling, state high court says

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