Sentencing/Post Conviction

4021 ABA Journal Sentencing/Post Conviction articles.

States help trafficking survivors overcome criminal records

In recent years, Hawaii, Nebraska and Nevada introduced laws to help trafficking survivors clear their records and overcome obstacles to employment, housing and education. Other states, including Connecticut, Kansas, New Jersey and New York, are moving forward with more proposed legislation.

The status of the First Step Act one year later

U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders have assured advocates that additional reforms are on the way, but they have held off to first focus on oversight of FSA implementation.

Afternoon Briefs: Perkins Coie sued over Steele dossier; Facebook agrees to $550M privacy settlement

Ex-Trump aide sues Perkins Coie, DNC over Steele dossier

Carter Page, a former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Perkins Coie and the Democratic…

Afternoon Briefs: Bill would allow law school to ax segregationist’s name; Cipollone said to be material witness

Florida legislation puts naming rights in universities’ hands

Thanks to pending legislation, Florida State University College of Law may soon rename B.K. Roberts Hall, which recognizes a former state supreme…

Convicted murderer who presented evidence of his lawyer’s racist views wins 9th Circuit appeal
The en banc 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco has granted relief to a convicted murderer who contended he was entitled to a new trial because of his appointed lawyer’s racist views.
Felons in Florida must pay all fees and fines before they can vote, state’s top court says
Felons in Florida have to pay fees, fines and restitution before their voting rights are restored, according to a Florida Supreme Court advisory opinion.
11th Circuit upholds dismissal of juror who said Holy Spirit told him to acquit former congresswoman
A federal judge didn’t err when he dismissed a juror who declared that the Holy Spirit told him a former congresswoman was innocent in an alleged charity scam, a federal appeals court has ruled in a 2-1 decision.
Afternoon Briefs: Michael Avenatti is accused of bail violations; Virginia is 38th state to ratify ERA

Michael Avenatti is arrested for alleged bail violations

The lawyer who once represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels has been arrested for alleged bail violations. The federal government contends that,…

New study finds black people are staying longer in state prisons, even as they face fewer arrests

The racial disparity between black and white people sent to state prisons is declining, and it has been for some time. But criminal justice researchers say people of all races still aren’t treated equally when it comes to one important measure: time serve

Afternoon Briefs: Harvey Weinstein threatened with jail for courtroom phone use; Supreme Court closes for weather

Judge threatens to jail Harvey Weinstein after he uses cellphone in court

On Tuesday, a Manhattan judge threatened to jail former film producer Harvey Weinstein for using his cellphone in…

Afternoon Briefs: Ex-DA convicted for covering up cop’s crime; Ginsburg reacts to Trump tweet

Former Long Island DA is convicted of obstruction

Former Suffolk County, New York, District Attorney Thomas Spota was convicted of obstruction of justice Tuesday for conspiring to cover up…

Use of death penalty remains ‘near historic lows,’ while public support wanes
The federal effort to resume executions stands in stark contrast to a state trend away from capital punishment, according to a year-end report by the Death Penalty Information Center.
Afternoon Briefs: Retired lawyer liable for son’s death; SCOTUS rejects homelessness case

93-year-old retired lawyer is found liable for son’s shooting death

On Friday, jurors in San Diego found a 93-year-old retired lawyer liable for $9.5 million in damages for killing his…

Man is charged for allegedly throwing metal water pitcher at sentencing judge, hitting her in the head
A Baltimore man accused of throwing a metal water pitcher at his sentencing judge, hitting her in the forehead, has been charged in the incident.
SCOTUS refuses to interfere with temporary halt to federal executions
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to lift a preliminary injunction blocking four federal executions during a review of the lethal injection procedure adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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