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U.S. Supreme Court spurns limits on life sentences for juveniles 04/29/2021

U.S. Supreme Court spurns limits on life sentences for juveniles

The U.S. Supreme Court made it easier for states to impose sentences of life in prison without parole on juvenile offenders, ruling against a Mississippi man convicted of killing his grandfather at age 15 in a case testing the Constitution's Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. https://reut.rs/3dGKwy2

U.S. Supreme Court spurns limits on life sentences for juveniles The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for states to impose sentences of life in prison without parole on juvenile offenders, ruling against a Mississippi man convicted of killing his grandfather at age 15 in a case testing the Constitution's Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual puni...

Can opening-the-door evidence doctrine violate the confrontation clause? SCOTUS will decide 04/27/2021

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. https://bit.ly/3vdMA6r

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.

Timeline Photos 04/13/2021

A statute of limitations sets a time limit for when criminal charges can be filed. The length of that limit depends on what crime is committed, and varies by state. In many cases, a defendant's time spent out of state will not count toward the time limit. This is to prevent suspects from fleeing the state to avoid prosecution. #CriminalLaw

A statute of limitations sets a time limit for when criminal charges can be filed. The length of that limit depends on what crime is committed, and varies by state. In many cases, a defendant's time spent out of state will not count toward the time limit. This is to prevent suspects from fleeing the state to avoid prosecution. #CriminalLaw

Timeline Photos 04/02/2021

The Fifth Amendment’s double jeopardy clause prevents defendants from being put on trial more than once for the same offense. A key exception is that separate sovereigns can prosecute defendants for the same criminal acts. For example, if a person commits a single act that violates both federal and state laws, they could face trial in both federal and state courts.

The Fifth Amendment’s double jeopardy clause prevents defendants from being put on trial more than once for the same offense. A key exception is that separate sovereigns can prosecute defendants for the same criminal acts. For example, if a person commits a single act that violates both federal and state laws, they could face trial in both federal and state courts.

Supreme Court Mulls Whether Police Can Enter Home Without Warrant To Save A Life 03/31/2021

Supreme Court Mulls Whether Police Can Enter Home Without Warrant To Save A Life

Just what sort of emergency allows police to enter your home without a warrant? That was the question before the U.S. Supreme Court recently. https://n.pr/3ss4odc

Supreme Court Mulls Whether Police Can Enter Home Without Warrant To Save A Life At issue in the case was whether police may enter a person's home in order to safeguard the homeowner from potential harm.

49 states and territories have hate crime laws -- but they vary 03/26/2021

49 states and territories have hate crime laws -- but they vary

Forty-nine states and territories have hate crime laws -- but they vary. To label something a hate crime is, in many states, to add weight to sentencing. #CriminalLaw https://cnn.it/3vIwJy4

49 states and territories have hate crime laws -- but they vary Here's what you need to know about hate crime laws across the US.

Biden reverses course in U.S. Supreme Court drug sentencing case 03/24/2021

Biden reverses course in U.S. Supreme Court drug sentencing case

The Department of Justice told the U.S. Supreme Court that it thinks low-level crack cocaine offenders should be among the beneficiaries of a federal law that reduced certain prison sentences. #CriminalLaw https://reut.rs/3vLbnQn

Biden reverses course in U.S. Supreme Court drug sentencing case President Joe Biden's administration on Monday told the U.S. Supreme Court that it thinks low-level crack cocaine offenders should be among the beneficiaries of a federal law that reduced certain prison sentences, reversing the position taken under his predecessor Donald...

Timeline Photos 03/16/2021

Before a criminal case goes to trial, the prosecutor and the defense have the opportunity to make pretrial motions. These motions can affect many issues at trial, from what evidence can be introduced to which charges will be tried. An experienced attorney can suggest which motions could be useful to your case and file them on your behalf.

Before a criminal case goes to trial, the prosecutor and the defense have the opportunity to make pretrial motions. These motions can affect many issues at trial, from what evidence can be introduced to which charges will be tried. An experienced attorney can suggest which motions could be useful to your case and file them on your behalf.

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement — and a fatal risk 03/12/2021

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement — and a fatal risk

Police forces across the U.S. made more than 20,000 requests last year for footage captured by Ring’s “video doorbells” and other home-security cameras, underscoring how the rapid growth of inexpensive home surveillance technology has given American law enforcement an unprecedented ability to monitor neighborhood life. https://wapo.st/38pRIeT

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement — and a fatal risk Doorbell cameras have become a powerful tool for police investigators. But law enforcement officials are now grappling with how the systems can “be used against us.”

The Supreme Court Wrestles With 'Police Chase' That Wasn't 03/03/2021

The Supreme Court Wrestles With 'Police Chase' That Wasn't

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a major case testing whether police can enter a home without a warrant when pursuing someone for a minor crime. https://n.pr/3uyguTw

The Supreme Court Wrestles With 'Police Chase' That Wasn't The Court Justices ponder What makes a hot pursuit, "hot?" Pursuing a suspect for a noise violation, a highway patrol officer entered a suspect's home without a warrant.

Timeline Photos 02/25/2021

The Fifth Amendment’s double jeopardy clause prevents defendants from being put on trial more than once for the same offense. A key exception is that separate sovereigns can prosecute defendants for the same criminal acts. For example, if a person commits a single act that violates both federal and state laws, they could face trial in both federal and state courts. #CriminalLaw

The Fifth Amendment’s double jeopardy clause prevents defendants from being put on trial more than once for the same offense. A key exception is that separate sovereigns can prosecute defendants for the same criminal acts. For example, if a person commits a single act that violates both federal and state laws, they could face trial in both federal and state courts. #CriminalLaw

Timeline Photos 02/24/2021

Typically, when you serve a period of supervised release, you must meet with your parole officer periodically, and abide by the conditions of your release. If you do not, your parole could be revoked, which means you would return to prison.

Typically, when you serve a period of supervised release, you must meet with your parole officer periodically, and abide by the conditions of your release. If you do not, your parole could be revoked, which means you would return to prison.

Timeline Photos 02/11/2021

If you're found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you could face consequences that include losing your license, paying a fine, or serving jail time. If you've been arrested or charged with impaired driving, a criminal defense attorney can help you decide on the best course of action.

If you're found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you could face consequences that include losing your license, paying a fine, or serving jail time. If you've been arrested or charged with impaired driving, a criminal defense attorney can help you decide on the best course of action.

Timeline Photos 02/09/2021

Am I allowed to move if I am on probation or parole?

Before moving, a probationer or parolee must get permission from the court or their probation or parole officer, who considers the reasons for moving and whether the new location allows them to maintain supervision. #CriminalLaw

Am I allowed to move if I am on probation or parole?

Before moving, a probationer or parolee must get permission from the court or their probation or parole officer, who considers the reasons for moving and whether the new location allows them to maintain supervision. #CriminalLaw

Zoom funerals, outdoor classes: Jails are evolving amid Covid, but what happens afterward? 01/25/2021

Zoom funerals, outdoor classes: Jails are evolving amid Covid, but what happens afterward?

The pandemic has pushed the criminal justice system to reimagine itself a bit, delivering cutting-edge changes that have been lifelines for incarcerated people craving contact with their families. But families of prisoners fear corrections officials will use the technology to replace in-person interactions even after the pandemic ends. https://nbcnews.to/2NqPNPD

Zoom funerals, outdoor classes: Jails are evolving amid Covid, but what happens afterward? Families of prisoners fear corrections officials will use recently adopted technology to replace in-person interactions even after the pandemic ends.

Timeline Photos 01/19/2021

Penalties for drug offenses vary - from prison time to no conviction at all. The punishment a defendant receives can depend on many factors, including the charge, the drug in question, and the quantity of drugs. A strong defense from an experienced criminal attorney can help you protect your rights and mitigate the severity of drug penalties.

Penalties for drug offenses vary - from prison time to no conviction at all. The punishment a defendant receives can depend on many factors, including the charge, the drug in question, and the quantity of drugs. A strong defense from an experienced criminal attorney can help you protect your rights and mitigate the severity of drug penalties.

01/04/2021

Most criminal systems in the US divide their crimes into different categories according to the seriousness of the offense. Felonies are the most serious classification of crimes, and may be punishable by prison sentences of a year or longer. A misdemeanor, however, is usually a crime with a jail sentence of a year or less. #CriminalLaw

apnews.com 12/26/2020

COVID-19 spikes follow in prisons after inmate transfers

In prisons around the country, COVID-19 outbreaks have followed transfers of prisoners or prison workers. Many state prison systems had reduced or limited the number of prisoners they moved due to the pandemic, but some lifted those restrictions by September, worrying families of prisoners and correctional officers who work in the prisons. https://bit.ly/3nFV5UC

apnews.com DETROIT (AP) — Families of men incarcerated at Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility believed its remote location would spare it from a deadly COVID-19 outbreak. For a while, they seemed to be...

nytimes.com 12/23/2020

Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves

Police agencies from Hawaii to New York have used drones for years, but mostly in simple, manually flown ways. But the latest drone technology is raising civil liberties concerns, especially as drones gain the power to track vehicles and people automatically. https://nyti.ms/38oMjnv

nytimes.com In one Southern California city, flying drones with artificial intelligence are aiding investigations while presenting new civil rights questions.

cnet.com 12/15/2020

Supreme Court hears case on hacking law and its limits

For the first time, the US Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments surrounding a 34-year-old law on computer hacking -- examining how the terms of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act mean everyday activities like browsing Instagram on a work computer could be interpreted as a federal crime. https://cnet.co/3oy4ihN

cnet.com The "dangerously vague" Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, established in 1986, gets a look 34 years later.

abajournal.com 12/10/2020

Law enforcement is using location tracking on mobile devices to identify suspects, but is it unconstitutional?

As the use of geofence warrants has grown, so have controversies surrounding them. Defense attorneys argue they’re unconstitutional, and prosecutors say their use is a valid and valuable crime-solving technique. https://bit.ly/3gDr5WV

abajournal.com On May 20, 2019, a man wearing sunglasses, jeans and a reflective vest entered the Call Federal Credit Union in Midlothian, Virginia, brandished a gun and demanded cash. He made off with $195,000.

12/07/2020

Wrongful arrest exposes racial bias in facial recognition technology

A growing number of police departments are using facial recognition technology, but many view it as flawed technology that has the potential to cause serious harm. https://cbsn.ws/39sOJ6J

Detroit police defend the system, even though the police chief once said technology alone may misidentify people 96% of the time.

npr.org 12/03/2020

Supreme Court Examines When Juveniles May Be Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Over the past two decades, the law on juvenile sentencing has changed significantly. The Supreme Court — primed by research that shows the brains of juveniles are not fully developed, and that they are likely to lack impulse control — has issued a half dozen opinions holding that juveniles are less culpable than adults for their acts. And the court has also ruled that some of the harshest punishments for acts committed by children are unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. https://n.pr/3lruM2q

npr.org New Justice Barrett, a mother of 7, is among those now weighing when juvenile offenders are so incapable of rehabilitation that they may be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

11/19/2020

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, remember you have important rights, including the right to remain silent, the right to have an attorney present at questioning, and the right to be free from unreasonable searches. #CriminalLaw

cnet.com 11/05/2020

Police are using facial recognition tech to fight petty crimes like shoplifting. Critics say the cost to civil liberties is too high

Law enforcement is tapping the tech for low-level crimes like shoplifting, because there are no limits. But the tool often makes errors. https://cnet.co/37TIpnS

cnet.com Law enforcement is tapping the tech for low-level crimes like shoplifting, because there are no limits. But the tool often makes errors.

nytimes.com 11/02/2020

The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone

At least 2,000 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states now have tools to get into locked, encrypted phones and extract their data, according to a new report. https://nyti.ms/2TB2Hu5

nytimes.com At least 2,000 law enforcement agencies have tools to get into encrypted smartphones, according to new research, and they are using them far more than previously known.

abajournal.com 10/26/2020

Supreme Court will decide whether officer can enter garage after pursuit of misdemeanor suspect

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether an officer can enter a garage without a warrant when in pursuit of a misdemeanor suspect. https://bit.ly/34npBeV

abajournal.com The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether an officer can enter a garage without a warrant when in pursuit of a misdemeanor suspect.

cnet.com 10/19/2020

Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show

There are few things as revealing as a person's search history, and police typically need a warrant on a known suspect to demand that sensitive information. But a recently unsealed court document found that investigators can request such data in reverse order by asking Google to disclose everyone who searched a keyword rather than for information on a known suspect. https://cnet.co/3iSOu64

cnet.com Court records in an arson case show that Google gave away data on people who searched for a specific address.

cbsnews.com 10/16/2020

Compassionate release, once seldom used, offers some federal inmates hope

There were 145 offenders released in 2019 — about five times more than the year before, when 24 people were granted release, according to a report by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. https://cbsn.ws/2GZxrSx

cbsnews.com Petitions for compassionate release were rarely approved prior to the passing of the First Step Act in December 2018, which made it easier for offenders to bring the request to the court.

usatoday.com 10/09/2020

‘Like I was being eaten’: When police dogs bite, no one is accountable

Police dogs bite thousands of Americans each year, including innocent bystanders, police officers, even their own handlers. And there is little oversight, nationally or in the states, of how police departments use them. https://bit.ly/2SwRHgR

usatoday.com An Alabama man killed by a K-9 is one of thousands bitten by police dogs every year. Few ever get justice.

sciencemag.org 10/08/2020

Pandemic inspires new push to shrink jails and prisons

Nationwide, jail populations plunged by about 25% between March and June, according to a recent analysis. https://bit.ly/3lode7Z

sciencemag.org Researchers explore health and public safety impacts of “decarceration”

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