Criminal Justice

19757 ABA Journal Criminal Justice articles.

Prosecutors move to drop charges against former Littler associate charged in Portland demonstration

Prosecutors are asking a federal court in Oregon to drop charges against a former Littler Mendelson associate accused of disorderly conduct on federal property during demonstrations in Portland last summer.

Marvel CEO seeks punitive damages for alleged theft of his DNA during a deposition

Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter is seeking punitive damages against Chubb insurance for allegedly facilitating a DNA theft during a deposition.

Perlmutter alleges an in-house lawyer for a Chubb subsidiary…

Officers who fired stun gun at man doused in gasoline, setting him ablaze, aren’t liable, appeals court rules

Officers who fired stun guns at a man who had doused himself with gasoline are protected by qualified immunity in a suit by his widow and children, a federal appeals…

Ex-prosecutor is accused of soliciting bribes from defense lawyers, defrauding man who had Coca-Cola stock
A federal indictment accuses a former Florida prosecutor of soliciting bribes for favorable case dispositions and defrauding an elderly man after obtaining guardianship.
More Zoom issues in court hearings: Doc joins from operating room, defendant is naked from at least the waist up

Zoom court hearings continue to produce some unusual videos of participants who ignore decorum or carry on with activities they wouldn’t try in a courtroom.

In California, a traffic court…

California nonprofit pushes states to make jury instructions more broadly available

Since his early days as a lawyer, Wisconsin criminal defense attorney Chad Lanning has been troubled that the state’s jury instructions were not freely available to the legal community or the general public. As Lanning rose to leadership in the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he turned to Public.Resource.Org’s Carl Malamud for assistance in raising concerns about the issue.

Afternoon Briefs: California opens process for retroactive bar admission; judge suspended after election-fraud charge

California opens applications for retroactive bar admission

Provisional licensure applications, for people who recently did not pass the California bar exam but would have with the new cut score, are…

In growing trend, suits seek to hold motel operators liable for human trafficking
A lawsuit filed against the operators of several New Jersey motels is part of a growing trend to hold the hospitality industry liable for human trafficking at its properties.
State AG faces impeachment for fatal car crash; ‘his face came through your windshield,’ cop says
South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is refusing to resign as lawmakers begin impeachment proceedings against him for a fatal car crash that killed a pedestrian.
Judge refuses to block forfeiture of retirement account of former BigLaw partner
A former Hunton & Williams partner who was convicted in a $1.9 million fraudulent real estate scheme will lose his law firm retirement account to the federal government as a result of a federal judge’s ruling last week.
Afternoon Briefs: Lawyers charged in Molotov cocktail attack get plea offers; Harvard Law profs launch equality journal

Lawyers charged in Molotov cocktail attack mull plea offers

Two lawyers charged in a Molotov cocktail attack on an unoccupied police car are reviewing plea offers, according to a…

2nd Circuit won’t consider reinstating suit alleging refusal to hire felons amounts to hiring bias
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New York has refused to consider reinstating a hiring-bias lawsuit claiming that a company’s ban on hiring convicted felons had a discriminatory impact on Black job applicants.
Suspended lawyer admits stealing from ex-wife, former mother-in-law by opening credit cards in their names
A suspended Pennsylvania lawyer pleaded guilty Monday to identity theft and related offenses for opening credit cards using the identities of his ex-wife and former mother-in-law.
Afternoon Briefs: Election lawyer referred for court discipline; public defender waiting list declared unconstitutional

Lawyer refers election lawyer for discipline

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg of the District of Columbia has referred a Minneapolis lawyer to a court grievance committee for possible discipline after…

Illinois will end cash bail, require police body cameras in criminal justice overhaul signed by governor
Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed into law an overhaul of the criminal justice system, saying the reforms are a substantial step toward dismantling systemic racism.

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