ABA Journal

Criminal Procedure

1640 ABA Journal Criminal Procedure articles.

Flight of the Fugitive: Why do we love watching suspects on the run?

There is something enthralling about an outlaw. Think about it: There’s a good reason why historic desperadoes such as Billy the Kid, Belle Starr, Jesse James, Bonnie and Clyde, and various others have captured our collective imaginations for centuries.

Black defendants make up more than 50% of exonerations since 1989, new report says

People who are Black comprise 13.6% of the population in the United States but 53% of exonerations from the past 33 years, according to a new report released Tuesday by the National Registry of Exonerations. The report shows Black people are overrepresented among exonerations for all serious crimes except white-collar crimes.

Rape victim was jailed to ensure court appearance in rapist’s trial

An Oregon woman was held in jail for nine days this month to ensure that she would appear to testify against the man she accused of raping her over a seven-month period when she was 18 years old.

Jury finds millionaire litigant guilty in lawyer’s murder

A Missouri man has been found guilty of murdering a Kansas City, Missouri, lawyer who obtained a $5.75 million judgment against him for shooting and wounding a homeless man.

After Trump makes claims about planted and declassified documents, special master seeks specifics

The special master reviewing documents seized by the FBI from the Mar-a-Lago home of former President Donald Trump wants both sides to state whether the inventory of items seized is complete and accurate.

Classified documents seized from Trump can be used now in criminal investigation, 11th Circuit rules

Updated: The U.S. Department of Justice has succeeded in obtaining a partial stay of a ruling by U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon of the Southern District of Florida in litigation over documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

Will Trump be indicted in Mar-a-Lago documents case? His lawyers see possibility, object to special master request

Updated: Lawyers for former President Donald Trump mentioned the possibility of an indictment in a letter resisting a special master’s request for information about the declassification of documents seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Who filed phony document in Trump Mar-a-Lago search case?

An inmate with a history of mental illness could be the source of a phony document filed in the federal case involving the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Rape victim sues after police use her sexual-assault DNA to arrest her in unrelated crime

A rape victim who was arrested based on DNA evidence that she provided to police has filed a lawsuit against the city and county of San Francisco and police officials.

Did Trump’s DOJ pressure US attorney’s office to pursue his critics? Senate committee will investigate

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to investigate claims that the U.S. Department of Justice pressured the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, New York City, to prosecute critics of former President Donald Trump and to protect his allies.

Top lawyer for Oath Keepers is charged in connection with Jan. 6 US Capitol riot

The top lawyer for the Oath Keepers militia was arrested in Junction, Texas, on Thursday and charged in connection with the Jan. 6., 2021, U.S. Capitol attack.

Mississippi scrubbed racial taint from its constitutional ban on voting by some felons, 5th Circuit rules

The lifetime ban on voting for some felons in Mississippi’s 1890 constitution no longer has a racist taint following later changes that added additional crimes to the list, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans has concluded.

Massachusetts high court tells defense counsel when to stay quiet about confidential information

Massachusetts’ highest appellate court has instructed lawyers about when to stay quiet about evidence that could incriminate their clients.

Trump requests special master for review of documents seized by FBI

Former President Donald Trump has asked a federal court to temporarily prevent the FBI from reviewing items it seized from his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, until a special master can be appointed in the case.

Second mistrial in murder case declared after prosecutor mistakenly texts judge

A mistrial has been declared in a case involving a man charged with killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son—after a prosecutor allegedly complained about the judge’s ruling in a group text message that included the judge.

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