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Study: 95 Percent of Elected Prosecutors are White by Joe Watson A recent study illustrates just how racially skewed the U.S. criminal justice system is with respect to its most powerful participants: prosecutors. Of 2,437 elected state and local prosecutors holding office in 2014, 95 percent were white and 79% ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright Since we started publishing PLN in 1990, the injustices of the parole system, or that of never-ending punishment and sentences without end, has been an enduring theme. In the 1970s it was prisoners’ rights activists and advocates who called for an end to parole ...
Publication • January 13, 2017
HRDC NPAP CLE Seminar on Representing Victims of Law Enforcement Misconduct on the Street and in the Cell Block, March 2017 Upcoming CLE Seminar: Representing Victims of Law Enforcement Misconduct on the Street and in the Cell Block The South Florida-based Human Rights Defense Center in collaboration with the National ...
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 ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Filed under: Prosecutors, Family, Marriage
New York DA Supervisor Engages in Kinky Fetishes, Wife Claims by Derek Gilna The estranged wife of Jeffrey Stein, the top administrative supervisor in the prosecutor’s office for Nassau County, New York, filed a civil divorce petition claiming her husband’s kinky sexual preferences gave her post traumatic stress disorder. According ...
$325,002 Award to Michigan Prisoner Denied Medical Care for Joint Pain by A federal jury has awarded $325,002 to a prisoner upon finding Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) staff were deliberately indifferent to his chronic joint pain. State prisoner Temujin Kensu, 52, suffered for over two decades with medical issues ...
Too Little, Too Late: Prosecutor Remorseful for Sending Innocent Man to Death Row by David Reutter The district attorney who prosecuted Glenn Ford, a Louisiana man exonerated after spending 30 years on death row, called capital punishment “an abomination that continues to scar the fibers of this society.” That statement ...
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 ...
Publication • December 30, 2016
Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1062 (62915), New York State Bar Association, 2015 ETHICS OPINION 1062 New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1062 (6/29/15) Topic: Financing a law practice; crowdfunding websites. Digest: A law firm may engage in certain types of crowdfunding but not others. Any ...
Article • December 8, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
Pennsylvania: DA Apologizes for Undisclosed Gifts by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams belatedly reported $160,050 in gifts from political and legal connections, raising conflict of interest concerns and prompting an August 19, 2016 apology from the prosecutor to his staff. In an email, Williams apologized for any “distractions” created by ...
Tennessee Sheriff’s Willful Denial of Public Records Merits PLN Attorney Fee Award by On June 24, 2015, a Tennessee appellate court found the sheriff of Marshall County had willfully denied access to public records requested by Prison Legal News, and held that PLN was entitled to attorney fees after filing ...
Tennessee District Attorney Ends Sterilization in Plea Bargains; Prosecutor Fired by David Reutter The District Attorney for Davidson County, Tennessee has banned the practice of seeking sterilization as part of plea bargains in criminal cases. The policy was implemented after an assistant prosecutor refused to discuss a plea unless a ...
Article • December 7, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
Missouri Governor Doesn’t Have to Serve as Public Defender by In a letter dated August 2, 2016, the director of Missouri’s Public Defender System called for Governor Jay Nixon – a licensed lawyer who was a four-term Attorney General before being elected governor – to represent an indigent defendant in ...
Prominent Texas Capital Defense Attorney Suspended for a Year by David Dow has near-legendary status among death penalty attorneys in Texas. He works pro bono for clients whose lives literally depend on him; he takes their cases after they arrive on death row, often seeking to right the wrongs committed ...
Publication • December 2, 2016
Filed under: Attorneys, Attorney Client
Safety Concerns of a Prisoner Rights Lawyer, Kahn, 2011 LOS ANGELES www.dailyjournal.com FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 GOVERNMENT Safety Concerns of a Prisoner Rights Lawyer By Jane Kahn A s part of the small talk that happens during holiday gatherings and at other events during the year, people ask me what ...
Nevada Attorney General Investigates Shooting of Two Handcuffed Prisoners by Derek Gilna Two handcuffed Nevada state prisoners held in administrative segregation at the high-security High Desert State Prison were shot by guards on November 12, 2014 after they began fighting, allegedly after those same guards deliberately encouraged them to fight. ...
Wayward Prosecutors Go Unpunished as Prison Time for Victims Piles Up by by Brooke Williams & Shawn Musgrave Massachusetts prosecutors have violated defendants’ rights to a fair trial regularly and without punishment, even as wrongfully convicted victims of tainted prosecutions have spent years in prison before being freed, decades of ...
New York Settles Indigent Defense Suit; $5.5 Million in Attorney Fees by Plaintiffs filed a state court class-action suit alleging the system of indigent legal services for defendants in New York criminal cases was unconstitutionally deficient. On October 22, 2014, the state and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), ...
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 ...
Article • October 3, 2016 • from PLN October, 2016
Seventh Circuit: Jailhouse Lawyer’s Help No Reason to Deny Appointment of Counsel by Gary Hunter The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court ruling that denied appointment of counsel to a prisoner because he received legal help from another prisoner. Ladell Henderson had a fifth grade ...
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