Sentencing/Post Conviction

4081 ABA Journal Sentencing/Post Conviction articles.

Is Trump trying to stack prison-sentencing agency with right-wing allies before the election?
President Donald Trump has quietly nominated a slate of tough-on-crime former prosecutors to run a powerful agency that writes the sentencing rules for the entire federal prison system.
Afternoon Briefs: Justice Ginsburg will lie in state; 2 lawyers are sentenced in extortion plot

Justice Ginsburg will be first woman to lie in state at Capitol

The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the top of the…

Does age and gender affect judges’ sentences? New study suggests nuanced answer
Researchers who studied nearly 3,000 sentences imposed over a 16-year period in Colorado found that judges' age and gender correlated with differences in sentence length—but only for serious crimes.
Police and prosecutor misconduct contributed to over half of false-conviction cases, new study finds
Police and prosecutor misconduct that distorted evidence or undercut innocence contributed to 54% of false convictions that later resulted in exonerations, according to a report released Tuesday.
Judge kicked off case after bashing 6th Circuit’s computer sophistication, refusing to budge on sentence
A federal judge in Memphis, Tennessee, has been kicked off a child pornography case after criticizing the computer sophistication of appellate judges and refusing to change the light sentence that she imposed.
8th Circuit rules judge can’t sentence defendant after telling him federal system ‘sucks,’ advising on plea bargain
A federal judge in Kansas City, Missouri, can’t sentence a defendant after telling him that the federal judicial system “sucks,” and he probably would get less time if he opted for trial instead of a guilty plea, a federal appeals court has ruled.
State AG drops case against Black man who faced 6 murder trials and spent 23 years in prison
After six murder trials that ended with overturned convictions or mistrials, prosecutors in Mississippi announced Friday that they were dropping the case against Curtis Flowers.
New judge will hear Tennessee man’s murder appeal after first judge said he prefers Texas law
A new judge will hear a Tennessee defendant’s appeal of his murder conviction after the first judge described the state’s post-conviction process as a game and said he prefers Texas procedures.
Afternoon Briefs: Trump pardons Susan B. Anthony; suspect in lawyer’s murder claims memory loss

Trump pardons Susan B. Anthony

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is granting a posthumous pardon to Susan B. Anthony, the women’s suffragist who was convicted for casting a…

Roger Stone drops conviction appeal, says his lawyers told him odds of victory are slim
President Donald Trump’s former adviser Roger Stone has dropped the appeal of his conviction for obstructing the congressional probe of Russian election influence, tampering with a witness and lying to Congress.
Convicted of a crime that never occurred? It happens all too often, law prof says
We are used to hearing about wrongful convictions in which a murderer walked free because an innocent person was misidentified. But when Jessica S. Henry, a professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey, was researching material for her course on wrongful convictions, she discovered that in one-third of all known exonerations, the conviction was wrongful because there had not even been a crime.
Afternoon Briefs: Progressive groups mull judicial possibilities; 2 law deans each donate $125K to help law students

Progressive groups mull judicial recommendations

Progressive groups are considering lawyers they would like to see named to the federal bench if presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe…

Afternoon Briefs: Iowa governor lifts ex-felon voting ban; gun licensing challenge reinstated

Iowa governor restores voting rights for many ex-felons

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday signed an executive order restoring voting rights for many felons who have completed detention, probation and…

Documentaries are shaping public opinion and influencing cases

“Legal documentaries reflect the best of what media can do,” says Dan Abrams, chief legal affairs anchor at ABC News. “They can expose injustices, highlight things that have been buried and force action from people in power.” On the flip side, Abrams cautions that some documentaries can blur the line between journalism and advocacy, giving them a veneer or presumption of legitimacy.

Afternoon Briefs: Boston Marathon bomber wins death penalty appeal; what’s in the GOP coronavirus bill?

Appeals court overturns Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court…

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