Criminal Procedure

1320 ABA Journal Criminal Procedure articles.

Meet Paul Skalnik, one of the most prolific jailhouse informants in American history
Paul Skalnik learned about the benefits of being a jailhouse informant when he was in the Harris County Jail in Texas in 1978 for passing bad checks.
Man who claimed to have Epstein sex tapes duped David Boies; what are the ethical implications?
Famous lawyer David Boies was duped by a man who claimed to be a hacker with sex tapes implicating several powerful and rich men in the sexual abuse scandal involving multimillionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Defendant doesn’t automatically get new trial because judge nodded off, top state court rules
A man convicted of assault and weapons charges isn’t automatically entitled to a new trial just because the judge nodded off during a portion of testimony, the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled.
Random investigative questions by cops during traffic stops are unconstitutional, state supreme court rules
Police officers who pull over drivers in Oregon can’t ask investigative questions that are unrelated to the purpose of the stop unless they have independent justification for doing so, the Oregon Supreme Court has ruled.
39 prosecutors sign pledge to visit prisons to help understand impact of their decisions
Thirty-nine prosecutors have signed a pledge to visit jails, prisons and juvenile facilities in their jurisdictions.
Judge rules former White House counsel must testify in House probe, says ‘presidents are not kings’
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Monday that former White House counsel Don McGahn must appear before the House Judiciary Committee to testify in an investigation into how Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election and whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice.
To perp walk or not: When do white-collar defendants get to surrender peacefully?

When the federal government charges anyone with a crime, it’s rare that person will get to surrender peacefully at an arranged date and time without being subjected to a fright-inducing home raid by dozens of armed law enforcement officers and an embarrassing “perp walk” into the station or court. For the people who are afforded the privilege of self-surrender, popular perception is that they must be white-collar defendants who are rich and powerful.

Lawyers who investigated Clinton and Nixon see important differences with Trump’s impeachment inquiry

As hearings got underway in mid-November for only the third impeachment inquiry of a U.S. president in the last 50 years, Robert Ray and other attorneys involved in prior investigations of presidents facing impeachment cautioned against drawing too many parallels between President Donald Trump and Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon.

Pro se litigants in pop culture show why representing yourself can be a dangerous decision

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has a weekly mailing list that sends out the court’s published and unpublished cases. They arrive in quick succession every Thursday morning. It’s a…

Texas court stays execution of Rodney Reed in case that attracted high-profile supporters
The highest criminal court in Texas has halted the execution of inmate Rodney Reed to allow a trial court to consider his claim of actual innocence along with other allegations.
Trump adviser Roger Stone is convicted for lying about WikiLeaks in congressional probe of Russian influence
Political consultant Roger Stone, an adviser to President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday for lying to Congress about his contacts with the Trump campaign regarding WikiLeaks’ plans to release documents damaging to Hillary Clinton and his attempts to obtain hacked emails from WikiLeaks.
Is Texas death row inmate innocent? ABA president urges clemency to prevent ‘irreversible act’
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez is urging Texas not to execute a man whose guilt has been called into question by new evidence that hasn't been reviewed by the courts.
Lawyer pleads guilty to tax charge for allegedly paying personal expenses through law firm account
A lawyer in Cornelius, North Carolina, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of filing a false tax return based on allegations that he used his law firm account to pay personal expenses that included a condo mortgage and luxury cars.
Lawyer pleads guilty to prostitution charge linked to ‘sugar daddy’ website
A San Diego employment attorney who pleaded guilty to a federal prostitution charge linked to an online “sugar daddy” dating site also admitted to sexual contact with an underage girl.
No-deal Brexit could have drastic consequences for criminal justice

Brexit negotiations may have been extended, but lawyers and law enforcement officials continue to worry that Exit Day—the day the U.K. leaves the European Union—could bring the gears of justice to a grinding halt.

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