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Sentencing/Post Conviction

4151 ABA Journal Sentencing/Post Conviction articles.

Over 40 California prosecutors petition to repeal new rules increasing good-conduct credits for inmates

About two-thirds of California's top county prosecutors are challenging new rules that could make tens of thousands of people incarcerated in the state eligible for early release.

Afternoon Briefs: Trump-boosting fake lawyer sentenced; 3 of Biden’s new judicial picks have public defender experience

Trump-boosting fake lawyer sentenced to prison

A Tennessee man who founded Students for Trump has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for posing as an elite lawyer and taking…

Afternoon Briefs: NRA bankruptcy petition tossed; prosecutors say man imprisoned for over 40 years is innocent

Judge tosses NRA bankruptcy petition

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Harlin D. “Cooter” Hale of Dallas has dismissed a Chapter 11 petition filed by the National Rifle Association in its bid…

Lawyer who told judge he had no knowledge of suit filed under his name gets no prison time for lie

A California lawyer won’t face prison time for lying to a judge about his knowledge of a lawsuit filed against General Motors for clients who were accused of seeking to profit from a fictitious settlement with the automaker.

Federal judge tossed from case for ‘immovable’ views, suggestion that US lawyers are lazy and arrogant

A controversial federal judge in Houston has been booted from a case once again by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans. The federal appeals court said U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes had a “fixed and inflexible view of the case.”

Lawyer known as ‘DWI Dude’ gets prison time for swindling Colombian drug traffickers

A Texas criminal defense lawyer who marketed himself as the “DWI Dude” has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for a scheme to swindle Colombian drug trafficking clients.

Afternoon Briefs: Derek Chauvin cites possible jury misconduct; judge tosses claim by ex-summer associate

Former Minneapolis police officer seeks new trial

Lawyers have filed a motion seeking a new trial for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the May…

Afternoon briefs: Search of Giuliani’s home is ‘legal thuggery,’ says his lawyer; top legal officer earns $50.9M

Search of Giuliani’s home is ‘legal thuggery,’ his lawyer says

Federal agents searched lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s New York City apartment and office early Wednesday. Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, told the…

Afternoon Briefs: Coca-Cola GC leaves after 8 months; wrongly jailed man challenges $4K bill for confinement

Coca-Cola GC who backed diversity initiative leaves job

Bradley Gayton has resigned from his post as general counsel at Coca-Cola to become a “strategic consultant” to the company. Gayton

Juvenile can get life without parole for murder without finding of permanent incorrigibility, Supreme Court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a defendant can be sentenced to life without parole for a homicide committed as a juvenile without a separate finding of permanent incorrigibility.

After Chauvin’s conviction on all counts, what will his appeal look like?

An appeal is “a virtual certainty” following the conviction Tuesday of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd with a knee to his neck, according to USA Today.

Can opening-the-door evidence doctrine violate the confrontation clause? SCOTUS will decide

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether trial testimony for a criminal defendant can open the door to rebuttal evidence that would otherwise be barred by the confrontation clause.

Judge rules retirement accounts of former BigLaw lawyer can be tapped for $10.4M restitution order

A federal judge in New York City has ruled against a former income partner with Katten Muchin Rosenman in the federal government’s bid to garnish his retirement accounts to help pay a $10.4 million restitution order.

Afternoon Briefs: 2 firms give special bonuses; immigrant leaves church sanctuary for first time in 3 years

Paul Hastings, Sheppard Mullin provide special bonuses to staff and paralegals

As many large firms continue to reward young lawyers for their work in the past year, Paul Hastings and…

Texas court tosses sentence of state’s longest-serving death row inmate

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the sentence of the state’s longest-serving death row inmate.

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