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3362 ABA Journal Evidence articles.

Afternoon Briefs: AG Barr will consider Giuliani’s Ukraine evidence; Trump praises drug dealer death penalty

AG Barr will consider Giuliani evidence from Ukraine

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Monday he will consider information from Ukraine provided by lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Barr cautioned that there…

Could discussing race during criminal trials reduce juror bias?
Empirical studies show that discussion of race during trials and pretrial hearings reduces reliance on stereotypes, according to a paper published in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice.
How corporate lawyers made it harder to punish companies that destroy electronic evidence

In the early 2000s, a series of civil lawsuits against giant corporations illustrated the disastrous consequences that could ensue if a defendant failed to provide electronic evidence such as company…

Prosecutor misconduct in DNA exoneration cases reduces chance real perp will be found, study says

PhD candidate Jennifer Weintraub of the State University of New York conducted the study by examining 335 cases of DNA exonerations, according to the Crime Report. Eight-six of those cases involved allegations or proof of prosecutor misconduct, such as fai

New Orleans Saints apparently helped shape priest pedophile list, lawyers allege
The New Orleans Saints apparently had a hand in determining which local priests were on a pedophile list, according to lawyers for sex abuse plaintiffs suing the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Afternoon Briefs: Perkins Coie sued over Steele dossier; Facebook agrees to $550M privacy settlement

Ex-Trump aide sues Perkins Coie, DNC over Steele dossier

Carter Page, a former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Perkins Coie and the Democratic…

In husband’s trial, judge allows evidence from slain wife’s Fitbit
A Connecticut judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can introduce evidence from a slain woman’s Fitbit that is inconsistent with her husband’s story about a masked intruder shooting her in the head.
Afternoon Briefs: Teen blogger denied murder case evidence; Aerosmith drummer loses comeback case

Judge denies 16-year-old aspiring lawyer’s request for murder evidence

A 16-year-old aspiring lawyer and true crime blogger lost a bid Thursday to access evidence in the Texas murder case that…

7th Circuit sanctions lawyer $1,000 in Walmart lawsuit photo flap
An Indiana lawyer who used Walmart’s own photos to support his client’s slip-and-fall case against the retailer has been sanctioned $1,000 because he maintained the photos were taken on the date of the fall without a sufficient factual basis.
Bone marrow recipient’s DNA partly changed after procedure; what are the implications for law enforcement?
A Nevada man who received a bone marrow transplant underwent a blood test and discovered that some of his DNA had been replaced by that of his German donor, a finding that could have implications in criminal investigations.
Child porn suspect can’t be forced to disclose computer password, state supreme court rules
The Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination protects a child pornography suspect from being forced to reveal his computer password, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.
Afternoon Briefs: Prosecutor killed in ‘freak accident’ in courtroom; lawyer accused of filing suits for nonclients

South Africa prosecutor is killed in courtroom gun incident

A South Africa prosecutor was killed Monday when a gun being entered into evidence discharged and the bullet struck her in…

Estate of executed man has no standing to obtain DNA testing, judge rules
A Memphis judge on Monday tossed a petition to obtain DNA testing in the case of a man executed 13 years ago.
Genealogy sites give law enforcement a new DNA sleuthing tool, but the battle over privacy looms

While law enforcement and the public largely welcome the new wave of forensic genealogy, others worry that privacy rights are being eroded by an investigative approach with little regulatory oversight.

DC Circuit stays judge’s order requiring release of Mueller grand jury documents to Congress
A federal appeals court has stayed a judge’s order requiring the release of grand jury materials from the special counsel probe to Congress.

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