Sentencing/Post Conviction

4093 ABA Journal Sentencing/Post Conviction articles.

Life in Prison Too Long for Youngest Offenders, Report Says

A new report to be released today says states should review the sentences of some juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison to see if they deserve parole.

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OJ Simpson Co-Defendant to Plead

A co-defendant has agreed to plead guilty and testify in the Las Vegas casino hotel room armed robbery case being brought against O.J. Simpson and several other defendants over an…

CA v. Court in Sex Offender Residency Sweep

In a showdown between California’s governor and the state supreme court, parole officers yesterday began arresting hundreds of convicted sex offenders for violating a new state law. It prohibits sex…

Federal, State Judges in Sentencing Spat

A career criminal’s almost-successful effort to circumvent a lengthy federal sentence by persuading a state court judge to vacate an earlier conviction has been foiled after the state court judge…

Fake Lawyer May Avoid Real Prison Sentence

A paralegal who impersonated a lawyer for two years at a well-known plaintiffs insurance coverage law firm could get probation if he repays New York City-based Anderson Kill & Olick…

Mom Supplied Pot to Keep Kids Off Street

Concerned about obvious risks when she found out her teenage children were using marijuana, Nicola Cooper called a family meeting. Then the self-described “liberal parent” decided to act to protect…

Death Sentence Reinstated Despite ‘Smell of Death’ Defense

The U.S. Supreme Court has vacated a federal appeals court ruling that granted a new sentencing hearing for an Ohio neo-Nazi convicted of murdering three men at Cleveland State University.

Man Faces Life Over Stolen Doughnut

A Missouri man faces up to life in prison for stealing a doughnut worth 52 cents.

Scott A. Masters is charged with strong-armed robbery because he allegedly delivered a backhanded…

NY Admits Strip Searches Violated Settlement

New York’s Department of Corrections has agreed to settle a lawsuit that contended as many as 150,000 inmates at Rikers Island were improperly strip-searched in violation of a 2002 settlement.

Former Top Judge Regains Law License

The former chief judge of New York’s highest court has regained his law license, 15 years after he was arrested for harassing socialite Joy Silverman.

The 77-year-old Sol Wachtler told…

This Defense Upheld: Client ‘a Dad-gum Mess’

A Texas appeals court has upheld a DWI conviction even though the defense lawyer called his client’s life “a dad-gum mess.”

A dissent argued the defense lawyer…

Court Weighs ‘Anything Goes’ Sentences

The U.S. Supreme Court considered whether “anything goes” is the standard for federal sentences in oral arguments yesterday.

The court is being asked to consider how much leeway judges have…

John Grisham Sued for Libel

The best-selling author of numerous legal thrillers has been sued for libel over his first nonfiction work, The Innocent Man.

In an unusual federal libel conspiracy case, John Grisham, along…

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Florida Ups Ante on Child Sex Crimes

As a new statute takes effect that will triple some penalties and criminalize behavior that isn’t criminal elsewhere, Florida’s laws against committing sex crimes involving children have become some of…

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