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20533 ABA Journal Criminal Justice articles.

Lawyer is disbarred and suspended after he is accused of billing over 24 hours per day

A West Virginia lawyer has been sanctioned after he was accused of billing more than 24 hours in a day, multiple times, for his representation of indigent clients.

12-person juries are constitutionally required in serious criminal cases, Gorsuch argues

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh dissented Monday, when the Supreme Court turned down an appeal that challenges the use of eight-person juries in serious criminal cases.

Justice Jackson writes her first Supreme Court opinion, says justices should have heard death-penalty case

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote her first Supreme Court opinion Monday—a dissent from the high court’s refusal to hear a death-penalty case.

‘Middle-finger stunt’ and a judge’s hug raise ethics issues in Parkland, Florida, school shooter’s trial

The judge who presided in the trial of Parkland, Florida, school shooter Nikolas Cruz and a defense lawyer are being criticized for their actions during the proceedings.

Washington admits bar applicant with sex-offender status, based on young age at time of conduct

A law school graduate with a 2010 conviction for voyeurism involving shared images of youths can be admitted to practice law in Washington, the Washington Supreme Court found in a 5-4 opinion.

Police create disproportionate amount of social media posts about Black suspects, study finds

In a study of about 14,000 Facebook pages maintained by law enforcement agencies, three law school professors found that posts about serious crimes overrepresented Black suspects by 25 percentage points compared to arrest rates.

Weekly Briefs: Cardozo Law will fight junk science with $15M; sheriff convicted for restraint-chair misuse

Cardozo Law will use $15M gift to fight junk science convictions

Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law plans to use a $15 million donation to create a justice clinic that…

Lawyer pleads guilty in staged accident scheme; victims underwent unnecessary surgery

A New York lawyer has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for participating in a scheme involving phony trip-and-fall accidents and fraudulent lawsuits.

Estimated 4.6M Americans can’t vote in midterms because of felony convictions, new report says

The estimated number of people who can’t vote in the United States because of a felony conviction has declined by 24% since 2016, but the total is still large, according to a report released Tuesday by the Sentencing Project.

2 Trump appointees battle as 9th Circuit upholds chalking tires; dissent accused of analysis by ‘hyperbole’

Two judges appointed by former President Donald Trump sparred Wednesday on whether a city violates the Fourth Amendment by chalking tires without a warrant to enforce parking time limits.

Does Trump have to testify to Jan. 6 committee? It’s a ‘constitutional gray area’

Former President Donald Trump could cite one U.S. Supreme Court decision to bolster his argument that he can’t be compelled to testify before the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot.

Ban on nonunanimous juries is not retroactive in Louisiana, top state court says

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Friday that inmates convicted by nonunanimous juries can’t challenge their convictions if they were final before the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment required jury unanimity to convict in serious cases—in federal and state courts.

This federal judge called cops to report squeegee guys who gave him the finger, spat on his car

A federal judge overseeing a consent decree requiring police reform in Baltimore called police in that city Oct. 16 to report two hostile squeegee men working at an intersection in the Bolton Hill neighborhood in Baltimore.

Lawyer with link to 9/11 conspiracy theorists is charged with assaulting police in US Capitol riot

A 66-year-old New York lawyer has been charged with assaulting police officers during the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot, after a tipster used photo ID software to identify him as a likely suspect.

Weekly Briefs: Bulls proposal leads to prison time; conviction obtained in death of lawyer hero

Ex-prosecutor gets prison time for bulls proposal

Jeffrey Siegmeister, the former state attorney for Florida’s Third Judicial Circuit, was sentenced Tuesday to 40 months in federal prison, partly for…

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