May 20th, 2013
Over the weekend, I was quoted in a Miami Herald article about the reality TV show “First 48.” The article highlights some of the ways this “reality show”—which is supposed to document homicide investigations—has actually ended up hurting them. The problem with programs like “First 48” is that they compromise the integrity of police investigations [...]
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..
April 25th, 2013
There’s no end to the puzzling legal questions surrounding the Boston bombing case. We learned today, for instance, that the Boston bombing suspect was advised of his right against self-incrimination by a federal magistrate judge during a court hearing in a hospital room, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The judge made the call [...]
April 1st, 2013
An admittedly intemperate family court judge has been suspended without pay for the remaining years of his term by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. In one angry rant from the bench that has been viewed on YouTube more than 200,000 times,? Read more…
March 30th, 2013
A lawyer for an embattled Michigan judge who is facing an ethics complaint has said he doesn’t believe the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission will be able to prove charges that Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade McCree made a false report of a felony, made misrepresentations to the commission and engaged… Read more…
March 30th, 2013
Discussions of prosecutorial overcharging often lump several difference practices into one, according to Kyle Graham of the Santa Clara University School of Law, whose recent essay in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law classifies and proposes metrics for overcharging. Read more…
March 19th, 2013
A Florida appeals court has decided that posting threats on one’s personal Facebook page can be prosecuted under the state’s “sending written threats to kill or do bodily harm” law. Read more..
March 18th, 2013
The Florida Supreme Court has affirmed a trial judge’s discipline for “rude and intemperate behavior” that included screaming at attorneys and sentencing a defendant without his lawyer present. Read more..
March 13th, 2013
A third Pennsylvania judge has taken a plea in a federal ticket-fixing case in which nine jurists who work in Philadelphia traffic court and suburban courts were charged. Federal prosecutors said senior Traffic Court Judge Fortunato N. Perri Sr., 76, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and? Read more..
March 12th, 2013
WASHINGTON – Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court’s first Latina justice, slammed a Texas prosecutor Monday for citing race as grounds for convicting a defendant of a drug deal, saying the government attorney had tried to “substitute racial stereotype for evidence and racial prejudice for reason.” Read more..