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6th Circuit Upholds SORNA Conviction Despite Incomplete State "Implementation"

6th Circuit Upholds SORNA Conviction Despite Incomplete State "Implementation"

By Derek Gilna

David Wayne Felts' conviction for failure to register under the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act (SORNA) was upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which rejected his various arguments which revolved around the question of whether or ...

Minnesota District Court Directs BOP to Reconsider Prisoner’s Denial of Halfway House Placement

By Derek Gilna

In a pre-"Second Chance Act" case, Judge Davis of the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, has granted prisoner Steven Allen Knish's § 2241 Petition, his motion to alter or amend his judgment, and ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to "promptly and in good faith ...

Iowa Supreme Court Refuses Miranda Protection for Confession to Case Worker

By Derek Gilna

The Iowa Supreme Court has affirmed a lower-court decision denying defendant Jess John Pearson's Motion to Suppress, based upon the Miranda case for a voluntary confession given to his social worker, who interviewed him after he had committed a crime. In so ruling, the court noted that ...

Florida Court Permits Female Prisoner's Lawsuit for Forced Sex with Guard to Go Forward

By Derek Gilna

A Florida District Court has permitted parts of a lawsuit by a female prisoner for being forced into sex by a male prison guard to go forward, finding that questions of fact precluded whether he was negligently supervised and retained by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). ...

9th Circuit Rejects Prisoner Self-Defense Theory in Assault with Shank

By Derek Gilna

The U.S. Appeals Court for the 9th Circuit has declined to permit prisoner Lenny Urena from asserting "self-defense" in his trial for assault with a dangerous weapon against a fellow prisoner. The Court also rejected Urena's claim that the District Court violated his Confrontation Clause rights by ...

Appeals Court Reverses Summary Judgment in Malicious Prosecution and Evidence Concealment Case against Boston Police Department

By Derek Gilna

In a well-reasoned opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has permitted a Section 1983 action against the Boston Police Department (BPD) to continue. James Haley had accused the BPD of concealing exculpatory evidence that resulted in him serving over thirty years for a ...

Seattle Federal Halfway House Case Manager’s Reentry Plan for Prisoner Allegedly Included Sex, Heroin

A former case manager at Pioneer Fellowship House, a halfway house in Seattle, Washington, has been accused of having a sexual relationship with one of the released prisoners she supervised and providing him with money to buy heroin.

According to records filed in federal court by Special Agent Wayne Hawney ...

Federal Bureau of Prisons Says DNA Backlog No Longer Exists

In July 2011, the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced that it had eliminated a backlog of over 90,000 DNA samples from federal prisoners. This milestone occurred more than a decade after Congress passed the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act in 2000.

Florida Congressman Vern Buchanan, who had drawn attention ...

Connecticut District Court Finds ICE Agents Not Shielded from Bivens Liability; Suit Settles for $350,000

In a lawsuit brought by the Yale Law Clinic on behalf of Hispanics swept up in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in New Haven in June 2007, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut held that ICE officials are not immune from liability for federal civil ...

Eighth Circuit Revisits Muslim Prisoner’s Settlement with Nebraska DOC; $74,000 in Attorney Fees Awarded

In a detailed ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit rejected an attempt by a Muslim prisoner to obtain additional attorney fees for alleged violations of an agreed injunctive order, and remanded for further proceedings. Following remand, the district court awarded over $74,000 in fees and costs. ...