There are 3,143 counties in the U.S., and each one has a state criminal trial court. To start, Measures for Justice is focusing on such courts, where approximately 21 million cases are considered each year. "Unless you've committed a
An automobile passenger should not have his wallet searched by a police officer simply because he is in a car with a cracked windshield, the Ohio Court of Appeals ruled last month. On January 12, 2008, St. Clair Police Officer Jayson Jackson noticed
It's unsurprising to find Rakoff emerging as a critic of the government's hands-off treatment of Wall Street and banking big shots in the aftermath of the financial crisis: He's never shown much patience for the settlements in which the DOJ
A combination of non-suspicious driving characteristics can give rise to the suspicion of criminal activity in the opinion of the full Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals. In a Christmas Eve ruling, the judges weighed whether Border Patrol agents were
Budget cuts have imperiled the ability of the federal court system to deliver prompt justice and to protect the public, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote on Tuesday in his annual report on the state of the federal judiciary.
A federal judge upheld most of New York state's tough gun-control law on Tuesday, but struck down a provision that limits the number of bullets in a weapon to seven.
A U.S. judge on Tuesday struck down a Florida law requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, saying that it violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches.
As New Year’s Eve approaches, preparations are made by police across the nation to block the paths of cars. No longer is it limited to drivers who sipped more than the Mothers Against Stuff They Don’t Like think they should, but to those who may hav
"I'm a good judge" … said judge Gisele Pollack who, it seems, sentenced people to jail because of their drug use…while she, herself, was high on drugs. But, in her defense, "she’s had some severe personal tragedy in her life". And that's why, i
Judge Pauley ruled that the National Security Agency’s mass collection of phone records is lawful. The judge ruled that Fourth Amendment protections do not extend to records held by third parties, like telecom companies.
This was a watershed decision, where the court upheld “pretext stops,” a benign phrase meaning police can lie to eviscerate a person’s right to be left alone. Lies were elevated above constitutional rights, because it was an effective law enforcemen
Montana District Judge Todd Baugh is the subject of national criticism (again) in his handling of a criminal case. Baugh previously caused a national uproar over his treatment of a rape of a 14 year old girl who he described as “older than her chrono
A Florida judge has ordered several children in a homeschooling family into public school district classes based on the “gut reaction” of a court appointee in a divorce and custody case where homeschooling wasn’t even an issue.
Lynn served as the secretary for clergy and was tasked with handling child sex abuse complaints. He was found guilty of felony child endangerment for covering up sex abuse claims brought against priests by reshuffling them to other parishes.
As if out of a Charles Dickens novel, people struggling to pay overdue fines and fees associated with court costs for even the simplest traffic infractions are being thrown in jail across the United States.
According to Chief Judge Theodore McKee’s ruling, despite the fact that George clearly had the right to carry the flashcards, the TSA agents were “at the outer boundary” of justifiability in detaining him. In addition to everyday words and phrases li
Rental cops hired by homeowners associations (HOA) can conduct traffic stops that would be unconstitutional if performed by an actual police officer, according to a ruling handed down last week by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
The original sentence sparked a public outcry because it didn’t require prison time, and prosecutors appealed the sentence. An appeals court ordered a re-sentencing. District Attorney Brian Jones has appealed the new sentence, arguing it is illegal.
Canada’s Supreme Court on Friday struck down key portions of a law that effectively criminalized prostitution by banning brothels and soliciting on the streets, declaring this disproportionate.
Police in Parker County had been watching Michael Fred Wehrenberg's home for a month when, late in the summer of 2010, they received a tip from a confidential informant that Wehrenberg and several others were "fixing to" cook meth.
A judge decided Oklahoma City police were in the right when they downloaded information off the mobile phone belonging to Noe Vergara Wuences who was pulled over because the temporary paper license plate on his new car flapped a bit
Cruz's attorney said, "After this, everyone should pause about jumping to conclusions when a field test is said to be positive by law enforcement. There are people going to jail on high bail amounts based upon these field tests."
"Knock and announce" police raids are on the rise. They are estimated to occur as many as 40,000 – 50,000 per year. Back in the 1970s, military-style police raids used to be a rare event, occurring only a few hundred times per year.
In spite of the fact he has not committed a criminal act, Boise resident Skinner Anderson faces 3 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Wendy J. Olson, the Soviet-grade legal functionary who afflicts Idaho as U.S. Attorney, has wrung a guilty plea
Judge Rules NSA's "Indiscriminate & Arbitrary" Invasion Of Privacy Likely Unconstitutional
Victory for Self Defense as Judge Rules Students Can Keep Guns on College Campuses
Neither Matt Dittmer nor the people he shoots with are happy about a new law that will preserve information about their gun purchases in a California state database. But he is resigned to it.
Evidentiary Hearing Friday Dec 13th, 2013 @ 2:30 p.m. for John Stuart - New Court Building at 175 W Madison - South Court Tower 5th Floor - Judge Stephens Division - prosecutor to testify about FBI's forged documents
The dissent in U.S. v. Olsen from Alex Kozinski, the chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, starts off with a bang: There is an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land. Only judges can put a stop to it. Brady is shorthand for the Supreme
Utah resident Virginia Ward cried as she was sentenced to 90 days in jail – and 3 years of probation -- for drug trafficking. This meant that she would join the large and ever-growing population of prisoners she helped to create as a former Judge.