July 12th, 2013
As prison populations swell, the Justice Department is seeking sentencing changes that would keep tough penalties for violent and repeat drug offenses, but provide reduced or alternative sentences for less serious offenders. Read more..
May 31st, 2013
The suit charged that inmates at the prison, operated by Management and Training Corp., capture rats, put them on improvised leashes and sell them to other seriously mentally ill inmates. The solitary confinement section is known as the ‘dead area’ because security officers avoid the area. ‘The air is so contaminated from frequent fires that [...]
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..
November 13th, 2012
Ernest Pagels Jr. says he has a right to a trial by jury, even if prosecutors don’t want to pursue charges against him. A Wisconsin appeals court disagreed and rejected Pagels’ pro se appeal on Thursday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog Proof & Hearsay. Pagels had paid a $36 jury fee and was [...]
September 18th, 2011
It certainly is hard to believe, but this past week the Supreme Court ordered a halt to a prisoner’s execution based on the trial court having permitted a state witness to testify that the Defendant was more likely to re-offend because he is black. Let’s just take a moment to let that sink in… The [...]
January 5th, 2011
A 12-year-old Kosciuso County boy has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the killing of the stepfather of one of his friends, reports Wane.com. Despite expressing remorse, the Judge decided that a 20 year sentence (the minimum) wouldn’t be sufficient for the child. And I thought Florida was bad. Cases [...]