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Criminal Procedure

1682 ABA Journal Criminal Procedure articles.

Phone Transcripts Released in Jeffs Case

Formerly sealed documents detailing jailhouse phone calls made by the leader of a controversial fringe sect of the Mormon church that advocates polygamy were released Tuesday by a Utah court.

Supreme Court Debate Over Retroactivity Leaves Lawyers Silent

Justices debated how far states can go in making U.S. Supreme Court decisions retroactive during oral arguments yesterday (PDF) in the case of a man challenging his…

Jezebel on a Broomstick & Salem Witch Judge

When Eve LaPlante, a Boston area writer, starts thinking about a possible book topic, she doesn’t have to go far from home.

In the last several years she has written…

ABA Calls for National Execution Moratorium

After a three-year study on state capital punishment systems, the American Bar Association is calling for a nationwide moratorium on executions until an unfair and sometimes inaccurate application of the…

Legal Loophole in Deer Custody Case

Snowball is headed back home—for now. Because of a legal loophole, the disabled deer raised by a Molalla, Ore., family after they found her as a fawn along a road…

Abortion Doc Tries To Block Grand Jury

In an unusual case emerging out of Kansas, a late-term abortion provider has petitioned the state supreme court to block a grand jury investigation into his clinic practices.

Anti-abortion groups…

Cop’s DUI Cases Tossed After Prosecutor Ride-Along

A Chicago police officer, celebrated for writing the most DUI tickets in Illinois, is seeing his record blemished.

Some 50 of his DUI cases have been dropped because improper procedures…

Exonerated But Still Struggling

Twenty years after he was convicted of rape based on an inaccurate witness identification, Marcus Lyons has finally been cleared by DNA evidence.

His conviction has been dismissed by the…

High Court to Hear Confrontation Case of Convicted Lawyer

This month the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case of a disbarred lawyer convicted of child sexual abuse who claims he never got to confront his 6-year-old accuser…

Speedster Crosses US at 90 mph, No Tickets

Even though Alexander Roy has published a book about his illegal speeding, authorities apparently can’t throw the book at him.

The 35-year-old outlaw racer describes in detail the 2,794-mile trip…

Law Firm to Clients: Feds Tapped Our Phones

Lawyers at a Vermont firm that represents clients being held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay and in Afghanistan believe the federal government may be wiretapping their law…

ACLU: Feds’ Drugging of Immigrants Torture?

In a motion filed yesterday in an asylum case, the American Civil Liberties Union calls for a halt to an admitted federal policy of forcibly injecting some immigrants with psychotropic…

Brain Secrets Study Could Change Courts

A $10 million multidisciplinary brain secrets study launched today could eventually bring big changes to the nation’s courtrooms.

With the help of 25 participating universities, the John D. and Catherine…

14 Years, No Trial: Retarded Man Freed

Relatives expressed relief today after a judge ruled that a retarded North Carolina man who was never tried, yet had been held 14 years in a state mental institution concerning…

Attys Ask for One More Year of Trial Prep

Attorneys representing triple murderer Joseph Duncan in Idaho have asked for a one-year delay to prepare for his federal death penalty trial.

The case already has been moved from July…

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