May 23rd, 2013
Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry’s recent foray into the Twitter social networking site has ruffled the feathers of Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, who is questioning whether a judge should be tweeting from the bench. Read more..
May 23rd, 2013
Describing what it called a “damning indictment” of representation for poor criminal defendants, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the Miami-Dade County public defender’s office could withdraw from a large chunk of felony cases because of excessive workloads. Read more..
May 3rd, 2013
A cellphone is different from a cigarette pack, the Florida Supreme Court says in a ruling requiring police to get a warrant before searching cellphones seized during an arrest. The ruling deepens the split on the constitutionality of cellphone searches incident to arrest, according to the Volokh.. Read more..
May 2nd, 2013
A Michigan judge will be suspended for 30 days for jailing a lawyer who asserted his client’s Fifth Amendment rights when the judge asked questions about past drug use. Judge Kenneth Post of Hudsonville will begin the unpaid suspension on May 22, report the Grand Rapids.. Read more..
May 2nd, 2013
Florida justices just made it harder for police to seize your cell phone and riffle through the contents. Read more..
April 26th, 2013
A elderly Palm Beach, Fla., widow with a high school education got “effectively five seconds” of probation from a federal judge in an offshore tax-evasion case after paying a $21.6 million penalty and back taxes. Mary Estelle Curran, 79, had inherited $43 million in Swiss bank accounts from her husband,.. Read more..
April 24th, 2013
It rarely registers as news anymore when a federal appeals court denies a request for relief made by a death row inmate. It happens all the time, every week, in every jurisdiction that still recognizes capital punishment as a sentencing option. But there is nothing typical about what two federal judges of the 11th U.S. [...]
March 13th, 2013
Citing the famous Gideon v. Wainright case, in which a prison inmate’s pro se petition, handwritten in pencil, resulted in U.S. Supreme Court ruling recognizing a defendant’s constitutional right to counsel, the top judge in California said a lack of public funding for the state’s courts threatens to turn back? Read more..
December 14th, 2012
A federal appeals court is nullifying a Mississippi law that forbids phone spoofing of any type, ruling that Congress has authorized so-called “non-harmful” spoofing. Read more..
December 3rd, 2012
An appeals court ruled that a 1986 law used to convict four suspected drug smugglers arrested in Panama waters is illegal. Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/02/3124078/us-law-targeting-drug-smugglers.html