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Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Attorneys with Disciplinary Records Part of Flaw in Pennsylvania’s Death Penalty System by David Reutter In February 2015, just a month into his term as Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on capital punishment in the state, calling it “error prone, expensive and anything but infallible.” [See: PLN, Feb. ...
Texas District Attorney and Prosecutor Accused, Cleared of Misconduct by Matthew Clarke In June 2015, the State Bar of Texas initiated disciplinary actions against Fort Bend County District Attorney John Francis Healey, Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Mark Harold Hanna. The disciplinary petitions filed by the State Bar Commission for ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Judge Rips DOJ Lawyers for “Series of Misrepresentations,” Orders Ethics Training by Derek Gilna In one of the most recent examples of gross misconduct on the part of U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, noteworthy for the fact that it was actually punished, a Texas federal judge blasted DOJ lawyers who ...
Kansas Supreme Court Modifies “Exoneration Rule” by Matthew Clarke In an opinion handed down on December 31, 2015, the Supreme Court of Kansas modified the requirement that a criminal defendant be exonerated prior to suing the attorney who represented him (the “exoneration rule”). Under the modification, reversal of a conviction ...
California Court Affirms Award of Attorney's Fees to Watchdog Group; Remands Case to Determine if Sanctions Appropriate by Lonnie Burton On June 7, 2016, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One affirmed the award of attorney's fees to a state watchdog organization after they prevailed in a ...
More Lawyers, Same Injustice by By Oren Nimni & Nathan J. Robinson, Current Affairs A case in Georgia has become notorious for its profanity. But it also says something about our public defender system… Last month, in a Georgia courtroom, defendant Denver Fenton Allen appeared in front of Judge Bryant Durham, ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Oregon Prosecutor & Defense Attorney Face Discipline for Illegal Confinement of Mentally Ill Defendant by The Oregon State Bar has voted to pursue disciplinary action against the Washington County District Attorney and a mentally ill criminal defendant's attorney for causing the man's illegal confinement. Donn Thomas Spinosa stabbed his wife ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Texas Judge and District Attorney Allegedly Bribed to Let Killer Escape by Matthew Clarke In a case that is beyond the pale of the usual high level of corruption in south Texas, a state district judge, the District Attorney of Cameron County and an attorney who was formerly a state ...
Criminal Defendants Shortchanged by Justice System that Favors Prosecutors by Derek Gilna Since the landmark Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright in 1963, criminal defendants who face incarceration have been guaranteed representation by an attorney if they cannot afford one. Gideon spurred most states and the federal government to ...
Material Indifferent - How Courts are Impeding Fair Disclosure in Criminal Cases, NACDL, 2014 MAterIAl InDIFFerenCe: How Courts Are Impeding Fair Disclosure In Criminal Cases No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law Amendment V, U. S. Constitution KAtHleen “CooKIe ” rIDolFI ...
Dallas Conviction Integrity Unit Gains National Notoriety by Matthew Clarke The word “first” was applied to Craig M. Watkins multiple times after his election to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in 2006. He was the county’s first black D.A., the first D.A. who had been a public defender before ...
Brief • June 6, 2016
Bar of the Supreme Court v. Favata, DE, Ruling, disbarment attorney misconduct, 2015 IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE In the Matter of a Member Of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware: § § § § R. DAVID FAVATA, ESQUIRE § Respondent ...
Brief • June 6, 2016
Commission for Lawyer Discipline v. Sebesta, TX, State Bar - Judgment of Disbarment, attorney misconduct, 2015 BEFORE THE EVIDENTIARY PANEL FOR STATE BAR DISTRICT NO. 08-2 STATE BAR OF TEXAS * * * COMMISSION FOR LAWYER DISCIPLINE, Petitioner * * * * v. CHARLES J. SEBESTA, JR., Respondent 11 Austin ...
Article • May 5, 2016 • from PLN May, 2016
Delaware Supreme Court Suspends Prosecutor for Misconduct by Christopher Zoukis On July 27, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court suspended Deputy Attorney General R. David Favata for six months and a day, for prosecutorial misconduct involving the capital case of McCoy v. State, 112 A.3d 239 (Del. 2015). The case was ...
Article • March 7, 2016
$1.25 Million Malpractice Award Against Immigration Attorney Upheld by Derek Gilna New York immigration attorney Alfred Placeres committed legal malpractice, the New York Court of Appeals, First Department, said in a December 23, 2014 decision, for failure to meet a filing deadline, causing his client Jose Borges to spend additional ...
Article • January 12, 2016
Texas State District Judge Sentenced for Corruption by Matthew Clarke On August 21, 2013, Abel Corral Limas, 60, former judge of the 404th Judicial District Court of Cameron County, Texas, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison on racketeering charges he pleaded guilty to on March 31, 2011. Limas ...
Article • January 7, 2016
New Pennsylvania Legislation Sucker Punches Inmate Speech by Linn Washington Jr. Law Shreds Rights by: Linn Washington Jr. The serious injustice endured by Pennsylvania prison inmate Lorenzo ‘Cat’ Johnson, detailed yesterday in Part I of this series [1], is the subject of a website and numerous other postings on the Internet. ...
Article • November 17, 2015
New York Prisoner’s Suit Dismissed in Federal Court for Prisoner’s Misconduct by New York Prisoner’s Suit Dismissed in Federal Court for Prisoner’s Misconduct The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the district court’s dismissal of a suit filed by Edward Koehl, a New York prisoner, for ...
Article • August 31, 2015 • from PLN September, 2015
BOP Ordered to Pay Prisoner’s Attorneys $41,703 for Discovery Abuses by Derek Gilna BOP Ordered to Pay Prisoner’s Attorneys $41,703 for Discovery Abuses by Derek Gilna Federal prisoner Randall Todd Royer, also known as Ismail Royer, has engaged in a long legal battle with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) related ...
Article • June 10, 2015
Supreme Court Grants Habeas for Defense Counsel's Failure to Investigate Mitigating Circumstance in Murder Case by Supreme Court Grants Habeas for Defense Counsel's Failure to Investigate Mitigating Circumstance in Murder Case On November 30, 2009 U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Florida Supreme Court decision that discounted Counsel's failure to conduct ...
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