Criminal Justice

19816 ABA Journal Criminal Justice articles.

DA says she will toss 74,800 criminal cases because of lab fiasco
District Attorney Rachael Rollins of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, plans to toss 74,800 criminal cases as a result of a lab scandal that sent a chemist to prison.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge allows DNA collected from suspect via fake survey; judge resigns amid probe of texts

Judge allows DNA collected in fake police survey

A judge in Wisconsin has ruled that prosecutors can use DNA collected from a licked envelope in the prosecution of Raymand Vannieuwenhoven…

Prosecutor’s DoorDash side gig leads to demotion
The first assistant district attorney in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has been demoted for working as a delivery driver for the online food ordering company DoorDash during work hours.
Supreme Court will consider reinstating death sentence for Boston bomber
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether a federal appeals court erred when it vacated the death penalty for convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Afternoon Briefs: These law schools are best for BigLaw placement; paralegal claims quarantine led to firing

Go-to law schools are named

Columbia Law School is once again in the top spot on Law.com’s list of go-to law schools. The list ranks law schools that send the…

Wife’s warnings before death can’t be used in husband’s murder trial, top state court rules
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that a dead woman’s earlier warnings that her husband may kill her can’t be used as evidence in his retrial for murder.
Afternoon Briefs: Multistate suit challenges coronavirus relief provision; Crowell combines with boutique

Lawsuit challenges tax provision in COVID-19 relief bill

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a lawsuit challenging a tax provision in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The provision…

Children’s court judge is charged with possession of child pornography
A Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, children’s court judge was charged Wednesday with possession of videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of toddlers and boys.
Biden DOJ outpaces Trump DOJ for reversing US position in pending Supreme Court cases
The Biden administration’s Department of Justice has changed positions in at least five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, putting it on track to outpace reversals during the first full Supreme Court term under former President Donald Trump.
Afternoon Briefs: ACLU wants lawyer’s libel lawsuit tossed; Dershowitz gives limited advice in MyPillow CEO suit

ACLU seeks dismissal of lawyer’s libel suit

The Georgia Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a lawyer’s libel lawsuit against the American Civil Liberties Union may go to trial.…

Leaving prison? Dial down the aspirations, don’t try to be lawyers or doctors, survey respondents say
Should former prisoners pursue prestigious careers and home ownership? A survey suggests that people think the American dream should be more limited for this group of people.
Afternoon Briefs: Senator airs suspicions of ‘fake’ Kavanaugh probe; prosecutors sue senior living chain

Senator wants to know whether FBI probe of Kavanaugh was ‘fake’

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland should help facilitate Senate oversight into whether the FBI conducted a “politically constrained and…

Comedian’s podcast remarks during jury duty spur appeal by convicted defendant

A convicted former currency trader has filed an appeal partly based on podcasts by an unhappy juror during the federal trial in New York City. Akshay Aiyer has contended that a juror’s podcasts were “a flagrant violation of the judge’s instructions.”

Afternoon Briefs: Judge trims maternity claims against BigLaw firm; prison guards ordered to wear body cams

Judge trims claims by ex-Morrison & Foerster lawyers

A magistrate judge is allowing two former lawyers at Morrison & Foerster to pursue punitive damages in their suit claiming that the…

‘Cataclysmic’ decision striking down strict liability drug law puts past convictions at risk in this state
Years of convictions could be at risk following a Washington Supreme Court decision that struck down the state’s felony drug possession law.

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