Sentencing/Post Conviction

4022 ABA Journal Sentencing/Post Conviction articles.

SCOTUS refuses to interfere with temporary halt to federal executions
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to lift a preliminary injunction blocking four federal executions during a review of the lethal injection procedure adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Prosecutor’s closing remarks about defense lawyers lead to new trial for murder defendant
A man who spent 13 years in a South Carolina prison for murder is entitled to a new trial because of the prosecutor’s “blatantly improper” remarks during closing arguments, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.
Meet Paul Skalnik, one of the most prolific jailhouse informants in American history
Paul Skalnik learned about the benefits of being a jailhouse informant when he was in the Harris County Jail in Texas in 1978 for passing bad checks.
Defendant can be required to write essay on respect for judiciary and to delete negative comments, appeals court says
A judge didn’t err when he ordered a frequent Facebook poster who violated a ban on courtroom recording to write an essay on respect for the judiciary and to delete negative posts, according to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
What goes on in the mind of a sentencing judge?

A new book by Judge Frederic Block gives a behind-the-scenes look at a judge’s thoughts and feelings when imposing punishments. Block is candid and self-reflective in the book and also wonders where the line should be drawn in exercising judicial powers.

Afternoon Briefs: DC Circuit doesn’t disturb blocked executions; polite bank robber entitled to lower sentence

DC Circuit declines to stay or vacate injunction stopping federal executions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has declined to stay or vacate a judge’s…

Afternoon Briefs: Subpoenas reportedly seek Giuliani-related information; 3 exonerated after 36 years in prison

Subpoenas reportedly seek information related to Giuliani and his consulting firm

Federal prosecutors who are investigating two associates of lawyer Rudy Giuliani have issued subpoenas seeking documents relating to the…

Afternoon Briefs: Barr sees ‘perfect storm of screw-ups’ in Epstein death; law school gives up ABA accreditation

AG Barr concludes Jeffrey Epstein’s death due to ‘perfect storm of screw-ups’

U.S. Attorney General William Barr says he initially had suspicions about multimillionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein’s jailhouse death, but…

Afternoon Briefs: Conviction tossed because of juror’s love pursuit; suit alleges ‘perilous’ prison environment

Appeals court tosses conviction because juror sought relationship with witness

A New York appeals court has tossed the attempted murder conviction of Tysheem McGregor because of a juror’s romantic interest…

Texas court stays execution of Rodney Reed in case that attracted high-profile supporters
The highest criminal court in Texas has halted the execution of inmate Rodney Reed to allow a trial court to consider his claim of actual innocence along with other allegations.
Afternoon Briefs: Law students object to ‘Carey Law’ name; First Step Act beneficiary charged with murder

‘Carey Law’ doesn’t sit well with some Pennsylvania students and grads

Law students and alumni at the University of Pennsylvania are not happy about its Nov. 8 name change and…

Inmate tells court he fulfilled his life sentence after briefly dying
An Iowa inmate who was revived at the hospital claims his brief death means he has fulfilled the terms of his life sentence and he should be released from prison.
Judge says he’d consider giving reduced sentence to rapist if he paid $150K to victim
A Louisiana judge told a convicted rapist Thursday that he would consider reducing his sentence if he paid $150,000 to the victim.
Disbarred partner said he stole over $2M to cover necessities; singer James Taylor is paying victims
Singer James Taylor and his wife will contribute $1.7 million to repay money stolen by a disbarred law firm partner who was sentenced to 68 months in prison Friday.
More than 450 inmates are released in this state in largest one-day commutation in US history
More than 450 inmates were released in Oklahoma on Monday as a result of a law that retroactively applies lower sentences for drug possession and low-level property crimes that voters approved in 2016.

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