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Article • July 20, 2017
Filed under: War on Drugs, Juries
When Laws Are Unjust: A Primer on Jury Nullification by Joe Watson by Joe Watson The 2014 trial of Jacob Lavaro—a 19-year-old from Austin, Texas, who was facing five years to life for making a pound-and-a-half of pot brownies— has again provoked the ire of criminal justice reform advocates, including ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Guilty Plea Does Not Foreclose Oregon DNA Testing Request; No Credibility Findings at Appointment of Counsel Stage by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's refusal to appoint counsel on a request for DNA testing, twice. The court instructed that a guilty plea ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Alabama’s Culture of Prisoner Abuse Reaches to the Top by David Reutter by David Reutter Alabama’s prison system has such an engrained culture of abusing prisoners that guards and administrators need not fear serious career consequences; in fact, they can expect to be promoted with abuse flags in their files. ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Grand Juries: Gatekeepers to the Criminal Justice System by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis On November 30, 2014, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office announced that Ferguson (MO) Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in connection with Wilson's fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Seventh Circuit Reverses Prisoner's Disciplinary Conviction by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has taken the unusual step of reversing a prison disciplinary board's finding that a prisoner was guilty of committing a prohibited act. Timothy W. Austin was a prisoner ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Filed under: Pardons/Clemency
Schwarzenegger Secretly Commutes Sentence of Friend's Son; Victim Notification Not Required in California Clemency Decisions by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson The California Court of Appeals held that the victim notification requirements of "Marsy's Law" do not extend to the Governor's sentence commutation authority. Near midnight on October 3, 2008, ...
Article • July 20, 2017
2013 Deportations of Undocumented Reach Record High by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, deportations of undocumented immigrants have climbed every year, and 2013 was no exception. In fiscal year 2013, 438,421 individuals were ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Scandals Rock Denver Sheriff's Department by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis In a department that is riddled with scandals, so many that Sheriff Gary Wilson resigned on Monday, July 21, Denver Sheriff's Department Division Chief Elias Diggins was appointed in his place on a temporary basis. Adding to Denver's woes, ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Tennessee Private Probation Firm Probed for Alleged Abuses by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Various misdemeanor probationers in Rutherford County, Tennessee have filed a federal lawsuit against Rutherford County, Pathways Community Corrections (PCC), previously known as Providence Community Corrections, and various probation officers, seeking injunctive relief and class action status ...
Brief • July 20, 2017
Cox v. Baxley, VA, Complaint, Failure to Protect, 2016 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA ROANOKE DIVISION COX, DEWAYNE JACKSON (a/k/a Dwayne Cox), Plaintiff v. BENJAMIN BAXLEY; JUSTIN MILES; JOSHUA PINKERMAN; AND BRADLEY QUINN; Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ...
Brief • July 20, 2017
Wiley-Stiger v. O'Bannon, KY, Complaint, Excessive Force, 2014 Case 3:14-cv-00295-DJH-CHL Document 1-3 Filed 04/04/14 Page 2 of 5 PageID #: 8 NO. PAMELA RENEEWILEY-STIGER JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT J 01727 PLAINTIFF 469 S. 13th St. Apt. 16 Louisville, KY 40203 V. COMPLAINT EDWIN O'BANNON, individually and in his capacity as a ...
Brief • July 20, 2017
Wiley-Stiger v. O'Bannon, KY, Settlement, Excessive Force, 2017 RELEASE In consideration of the payment of the sum of Thirty-five Thousand Dollars by LOUISVILLE/JEFFERSON COUNTY METRO GOVERNMENT") to PAMELA WILEY-STIGER GOVERNMENT ("METRO the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, PAMELA WILEY-STIGER does hereby release and forever discharge METRO GOVERNMENT, along with ...
Brief • July 20, 2017
Herman v. Owney, IL, Complaint, Wrongful Incarceration Rape, 2015 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT, LAW DIVISION -- ,_.;, JOHN HERMAN, Plaintiff, v. APRIL M. OWNEY, 'Defendant ) ) ) ) ) ) ) c::> -n No.: f'"l \..J 201.sL001m5 CALEND,AR/~-OOM C. DEBBOLI and complaining of ...
Brief • July 20, 2017
Cox v. Baxley, VA, Verdict, Failure to Protect, 2017 DEWAYNE JACKSON COX, Plaintiff, V. BENJAMIN BAXLEY, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Civil Action No. 7:16CV00408 VERDICT FORM Before: Hon. Glen E. Conrad United States District Judge Question 1 Do you find that the ...
In-the-News Article • July 20, 2017
PLN files book censorship suit against Kentucky DOC July 20, 2017 PLN Press Releases Prison Legal News NEWS RELEASE   Human Rights Defense Center For Immediate Release  July 20, 2017   Lawsuit: Kentucky Department of Corrections Guilty of Censorship, Due Process, Equal Protection Violations Frankfort, KY – A national human ...
Publication • July 20, 2017
HRDC editor job description final 7-20-17 Human Rights Defense Center: Managing/Copy Editor The Human Rights Defense Center (www.humanrightsdefensecenter.org) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the human rights of people held in U.S. detention facilities. For the past 27 years HRDC has published a monthly magazine, Prison Legal News, that ...
Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales - Annual Report 2016-2017, 2017 HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales Annual Report 2016–17 HC 208 HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales Annual Report 2016–17 Presented to Parliament pursuant to Section 5A of the Prison Act ...
Article • July 18, 2017
Trans People in Prison Fight Barriers to Changing Their Legal Names and Gender Markers by Victoria Law by Victoria Law, Truthout During her 30 years in California's prison system, Cookie Bivens has seen numerous trans women attempt to change their name and gender marker while incarcerated. Not a single woman ...
Brief • July 18, 2017
Scott v. Pennsylvania DOC, PA, Settlement, Aphasia Disability Discrimination, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA DONALD SCOTT, Plaintiff, Civil Action No. 15-72 v. PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, Defendant, SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS This Settlement Agreement and Release of All Claims ...
Brief • July 17, 2017
Sopinski v. Lackawanna County, PA, Complaint, Retaliation for Overtime, 2016 Case 3:16-cv-00466-RDM Document 1 Filed 03/17/16 Page 1 of 13 The Employment Law Firm Cynthia L. Pollick. LLM l.D. No.: 83826 363 Laurel Street Pittston, PA 18640 (570) 654-9675 Attorney for Plaintiff IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE ...
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