402 ABA Journal The National Pulse articles.
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.
Feb 1, 2020 1:05 AM CST
States are implementing or updating their own laws to better protect and support survivors. While criminal protections may permit survivors to seal, vacate or expunge records or provide them with immunity, civil remedies can help them restore lost income and pay off significant debts.
Feb 1, 2020 1:04 AM CST
Modeled after a fund started by public defenders more than a decade ago, the Bail Project not only pays defendants’ bail but connects them to social services and makes sure they show up to court.
Nov 1, 2019 2:40 AM CDT
Counterfeits are big business, estimated at $509 billion worldwide in 2016. Increasingly since the 1990s, brands are finding a strategy in going after commercial landlords, who often have deeper pockets than the sellers.
Nov 1, 2019 2:30 AM CDT
The U.S. Supreme Court will tackle some pretty big issues in its next term, including cases on LGBT rights, immigration and its first major case on gun rights in nearly a decade. And that’s with only about half of its docket filled for the term that begins Oct. 7.
Sep 1, 2019 2:00 AM CDT
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Jul 1, 2019 6:30 AM CDT
Disability rights advocates say web accessibility, the practice of designing and coding websites so that people with disabilities can use them, can be accomplished through simple changes, such as changing color contrast and adding video captions. However, the legal landscape surrounding web accessibility has become more complex.
Jul 1, 2019 2:15 AM CDT
Advocates for immigrants say misuse of videoconferencing could violate their due process rights, bit many state courts see it as a money-saver or a way to increase access to the courts. The most experienced state courts are already following at least some of the best practices outlined by a 2014 report from the Center for Legal & Court Technology at William & Mary Law School. Immigration courts appear to be faltering in a way that might affect the outcomes of the cases.
Jul 1, 2019 2:10 AM CDT
As misdemeanor unlawful entry prosecutions rose between 2017 and 2018 in the five federal districts along the southwest border, federal prosecutions for nonmarijuana drug offenses dropped. U.S. Customs and Border Protection drug seizure statistics were largely up, suggesting no lack of referrals.
Jun 1, 2019 1:35 AM CDT
California became the third state in the U.S. to adopt a law that allows judges to consider what’s in the best interests of the animal rather than treating the pet like other inanimate property, such as a car. Alaska and Illinois have passed similar laws since 2016. The new laws are groundbreaking because they come amid growing interest in protecting pets and settling disputes over them.
Jun 1, 2019 1:30 AM CDT
In 49 U.S. states and the federal court system, a 10-2 vote would not have been enough to convict. Oregon is currently the only state that permits convictions (for felonies other than murder) on a 10-2 or 11-1 vote of the jury. That practice has come under criticism in recent years by people who say it was enacted for racist reasons; it denies minority viewpoints on the jury a voice and removes an important safeguard against wrongful convictions.
May 1, 2019 2:30 AM CDT
A class action lawsuit, pending in federal court for the Central District of California, alleges that the Riverside County Probation Department violates youths’ due process rights, their Fourth Amendment right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures and their First Amendment right to associate with others. The ACLU argues that placement on “informal” probation leaves juveniles worse off than no intervention at all. One reason is that information gleaned through the program can be used against juveniles in future court cases; another is that children who participate in the program are presumed ineligible for diversion if they’re subsequently arrested.
May 1, 2019 2:25 AM CDT
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating a mail-order abortion-drug practice, and abortion foes are vowing to fight back with federal legislation.
Apr 1, 2019 1:45 AM CDT
Parents and school districts have been suing over school funding, using state-mandated performance standards to argue that states aren’t living up to their end of the bargain—and they’re winning.
Apr 1, 2019 1:40 AM CDT