Jury Independence Illustrated is designed to excite and inform potential jurors to a specific, largely-unknown power they have – a transformative role that could radically shift the criminal justice system. [PDF download link]Entered By: Powell Gammill
Former attorney general John D. Ashcroft cannot be sued personally for allegedly misusing his power to detain an American Muslim in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, crackdown on suspected terrorists, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday.
Is the federal government entrusted with the duty of securing the peoples’ rights? In reality, it is the duty of the States, not the federal government, to protect the individual rights of the people. Further, only PEOPLE have rights!
Benjamin Felix is alleged by the government to be a Mexican drug kingpin. He's somebody the government really wants to convict. Felix, disinclined to be convicted, retains a lawyer on his behalf. That means the government really wants his lawyer of
At the heart of the dispute is Operation Streamline. Under that system, a group of up to 70 people accused of misdemeanor violations of illegally entering the United States have their initial appearance, guilty pleas and sentencing in a single hearin
"The trial was postponed due to officer not showing up or something like that." "The trial was continued as there are depositions the defense needs to take before proceeding."
The soccer player was granted a super-injunction, a stringent and controversial British legal measure that prevents media outlets from identifying him, reporting on the story or even from revealing the existence of the court order itself. But tens of
After Strauss-Kahn spent nearly a week in police custody and then jail, a judge agreed to free him on $1 million cash bail plus an additional $5 million bond — provided he's confined to a NY apartment, under armed guard and electronic monitoring.
A special type of government search warrant that allows authorities to search homes without informing the owner for months is becoming more common. Imagine someone walking through your neighborhood, coming into your home and rifling through your inti
The Indiana Supreme Court ruling stating cops can illegally enter your home and it is illegal to resist are not the first such ruling. I remember a currently siting U.S. District Judge in Arizona who so ruled in 1990.
Dozens of ex-prisoners in line for payouts after Supreme Court ruling on compensation for miscarriages of justice
In April 2009 I blogged about the case of John Kunco, a Pennsylvania man convicted of a rape in 1992 based mostly on the testimony of a bite mark expert. The Innocence Project asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to grant Kunco a new trial, based mos
The Supreme Court said it would not hear an appeal from 5 Chinese Muslims detained at Guantánamo Bay who seek to be released into the United States. There were no noted dissents, but Justice Stephen G. Breyer, joined by 3 other justices
[So jury duty is punishment?] An incensed federal judge sentenced a racist Brooklyn woman to indefinite jury duty on Tuesday after she trashed the NYPD and minorities. "This is an outrage, and so are you!" Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis told the
My overall experience with the City of Tolleson Court House has been ridiculous. On September 20, 2010 I received a citation for failure to stop at a red light. I received my paper work in the mail and read through it thoroughly. On FriRead Letter
An ideologically divided Supreme Court stripped a $14 million award from a wrongfully convicted man who had spent 14 years on death row and successfully sued New Orleans prosecutors for not turning over evidence that showed his innocence.
A judge says it's too late for a man to contest nearly $200,000 in unpaid child support for a daughter who was likely fathered by comic Sam Kinison before he died in 1992. Carl La Bove asked a judge to invalidate an agreement with his ex-wife that r
The ruling means he can try to subpoena Cheney to testify about the incident, said Howards' attorney. "I fully intend on deposing the former vice president,"
Albert Florence was strip-searched twice in 7 days in 2 New Jersey jails after he was arrested on a warrant for a traffic fine he had already paid. Florence said he should never have been ordered to undress for the searches, much less been arrested.
The never ending saga of the federal government’s determination to get Barry Bonds continues. On March 18, 2011 the perjury trial finally got underway in a federal court in San Francisco. Four years, and four million taxpayer dollars, ago I summarize
The question of what law applies in any Florida courtroom usually comes down to two choices: federal or state. But Hillsborough Circuit Judge Richard Nielsen ruled that, to resolve one crucial issue in the case, he will consult a different source.
Rep. Lamar Smith and Senator Chuck Grassley recently introduced legislation that, were it to go into effect, would impose mandatory sanctions for lawyers who [...]
"The Obama administration has chosen to institutionalise unlawful, indefinite detentions and to revive illegitimate military commissions, which will do nothing to remove the stain on America's reputation that Guantanamo represents,"
Bob Goodlatte, VA, and Dan Boren, OK are two names that don’t get as much play in Congressional news as an Issa or Ryan for example, but it appears that they are listening to businesses and people who have been long complaining about an issue that co
Julian ... has devoted himself to teaching people about their rights as jury members by distributing FIJA information in front of federal courthouses. He has been arrested again and has asked for help...
A former juvenile court judge who sent large numbers of children to detention centers was convicted of racketeering for taking a $1 million kickback from the builder of the for-profit lockups, in what prosecutors said was a "kids for cash" scheme tha
The news brings almost routine stories about wrongfully convicted prisoners who are exonerated by DNA testing, but they often have traveled widely divergent paths to freedom. In some states, only prisoners facing execution have the right to DNA te
FIJA Seeks Peaceful, Lawful Resolution of Rights Violations Pursuant to the Administrative Order issued by an Orlando, Florida judge banning FIJA volunteers from handing out educational literature at the Orlando Courthouse, FIJA director Iloilo Ma
English courts may restrict the public's freedom to post Twitter updates from inside hearings to avoid the risk of prejudicing trials. In some instances only members of the press - not the public - attending court may be permitted to use Twitter.
US appeals judges have begun considering whether a 13-year-old boy accused of murder could be tried as an adult. Jordan Brown, who was 11 at the time of his alleged crime, might be imprisoned as an adult and never be released.