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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. ...
Article • August 25, 2016
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TN Attorney General Says Public Records Act Requires Disclosure After Redaction of Exempt Portions of Records by In September, 1998, the Tennessee Attorney General issued its opinion regarding the disclosure of records after redaction of legally exempt parts of the document, without any balancing of interests before disclosure. The AG ...
Article • August 22, 2016
Department of Justice Expands Definition of Rape to "Ensure Justice" by Derek Gilna The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has broadened the definition of rape, first established in 1927, to include "penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration ...
Holder to Federal Prosecutors: Stop Using Threat of 851 Enhancements to Coerce Pleas by Derek Gilna Apparently U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s impending retirement from government service has not extinguished his desire to rein in over-zealous federal prosecutors.  In a September 24, 2014 memo to federal prosecutors made public, Holder ...
Article • August 10, 2016
AG: Federal Halfway Houses Must Boost Services to Lower Recidivism by Derek Gilna An announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder called for 200 halfway houses that contract with the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to provide services to releasing prisoners in their own local communities prior to completing their sentences, ...
Former U.S. Attorney General’s Legacy: Too Little, Too Late by Derek Gilna The U.S. Sentencing Commission’s unanimous vote in April 2014 to reduce sentencing guidelines two levels for certain defendants convicted of nonviolent drug crimes was a major step in cutting the federal prison terms of both the newly-convicted and ...
Article • March 31, 2016
Holder Orders U.S. Attorneys Not to Use Appeal Waivers by Derek Gilna Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder followed up his announcement restricting the usage of 851’s to coerce plea bargains with an announcement directing, not suggesting, that all U.S. Attorneys refrain from asking for appeal and habeas waivers in ...
Article • June 3, 2015 • from PLN June, 2015
Automatic Oregon Death Row Confinement Pending Resentencing Enjoined by Mark Wilson Automatic Oregon Death Row Confinement Pending Resentencing Enjoined by Mark Wilson On October 10, 2014, an Oregon federal judge enjoined prison officials from automatically segregating death sentenced prisoners who have had their sentences vacated and are awaiting resentencing. Oregon ...
Alaska Supreme Court Suspends Former Deputy Attorney General by Christopher Zoukis Alaska Supreme Court Suspends Former Deputy Attorney General by Christopher Zoukis Former Alaska Deputy Attorney General and prosecutor Patrick Gullufsen, 66, was suspended from the practice of law for 18 months in July 2013 after a Superior Court found ...
Former Kansas Attorney General has Law License Suspended Indefinitely by Christopher Zoukis Former Kansas Attorney General has Law License Suspended Indefinitely by Christopher Zoukis On October 18, 2013, the Kansas Supreme Court indefinitely suspended the law license of former State Attorney General Phillip D. “Phill” Kline, who became nationally known ...
Prosecutorial Misconduct: Taking the Justice Out of Criminal Justice by Christopher Zoukis Prosecutorial Misconduct: Taking the Justice Out of Criminal Justice by Christopher Zoukis The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America. His discretion is tremendous.... While the prosecutor at his best ...
Article • July 9, 2014 • from PLN July, 2014
Illinois $50 State’s Attorney Fee Applies Only to Habeas Proceedings by Mark Wilson Illinois $50 State’s Attorney Fee Applies Only to Habeas Proceedings by Mark Wilson The Illinois Supreme Court held in September 2013 that a $50 State’s Attorney fee authorized in habeas corpus cases does not apply to non-habeas ...
Article • April 15, 2014 • from PLN April, 2014
No Discipline for Oregon Prosecutor and Defense Counsel for Illegal Confinement of Mentally Ill Defendant by Although the Oregon State Bar initially decided to pursue disciplinary charges against the district attorney for Washington County and a criminal defense attorney who represented a mentally ill defendant, for causing the defendant’s illegal ...
Oregon’s Attorney General Accused of Botched, Abusive Prosecutions by Mark Wilson As previously reported in PLN, the Oregon Department of Justice (ODOJ) recently turned its prosecutorial power against a hotshot small-town district attorney. [See: PLN, Oct. 2011, p.39]. By the time it was over the DA had resigned, but the ...
Article • July 15, 2009
No Attorney’s Fees for Prevailing Defendants, Eighth Circuit Holds by On May 2, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed on award of attorney’s fees for a defendant in a civil rights action. After Charles Williams lost his civil rights action against the City of Carl ...
Ted Stevens' Charges Dropped: A Tale of Two Justice Systems by Joshua Holland By Joshua Holland, AlterNet Posted on April 1, 2009, Printed on April 1, 2009 Editor's note: this originally appeared on AlterNet's blog, PEEK. It's immaterial that former Alaska senator Ted Stevens was a loathsome, quasi-corrupt slug of ...
Article • February 15, 2009
Montana Detention Center May Not House Out Of State, Federal Prisoners by Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath, upon request of Hardin City Attorney Rebecca Convery, issued an opinion that detention center officials lack the authority to contractually house out of state and federal prisoners. A reportedly $20 million detention center ...
$1.5 Million Awarded Female Washington Attorneys For Workplace Abuse By Prosecutor by Thurston County (Washington) criminal prosecutor's office employees brought civil rights violations action against the County for gender discrimination and hostile work environment beginning in 2001. Audrey Broyles, Susan Sackett Dan Pullo, and Vonda Sargent (plaintiffs) were awarded $1,522,000 ...
Article • August 15, 2008
Delaware Attorney General Has No Duty to Initiate Enforcement Proceedings of State Public Record Law by Delaware prisoner Ronald sought mandamus relief to compel the Attorney General to initiate enforcement proceedings under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The Superior Court denied the petition. The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed, holding ...
Article • May 15, 2008
Okay to Open Mail Sent by Attorney General by The plaintiff alleged that defendants opened a piece of mail from the state Attorney General's office in his absence. He has no standing to raise a court access claim absent a showing of prejudice. However, the court construes his complaint as ...
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