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Article • December 13, 2017
Filed under: Good Time, Mail, First Amendment
Prisoner's Punishment for Attempting to Mail Out Threat-Laden "Poems" Upheld by Minnesota Court of Appeals by Lonnie Burton In a decision dated January 11, 2016, the Minnesota Court of Appeals denied a petition filed by a state prisoner who alleged his First Amendment rights were violated when prison officials found ...
Article • December 13, 2017
Filed under: Work, Good Time
Wyoming Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal of Prisoner Lawsuit Challenging New Mandatory Deductions and Good Time Laws by Lonnie Burton On October 18, 2016, a unanimous Wyoming Supreme Court approved the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a state prisoner challenging the constitutionality of several Wyoming statutes relating to mandatory deductions ...
Article • December 13, 2017
Sixth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Dismissal in Lawsuit Filed by Man Wrongfully Convicted of Arson, Murder by On September 1, 2016, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a district court order dismissing most of a lawsuit filed by a man who spent 26 years in prison for an ...
Article • December 13, 2017
Filed under: Sentencing
Despite Opposition, California Governor Moves to Reduce Prison Terms by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke When California Governor Jerry Brown announced his intention of getting a voter initiative to reduce the length of time nonviolent prisoners would spend in prison onto the ballot, it engendered opposition ... and a sense ...
Article • December 12, 2017
Seventh Circuit: Falsely Accused Man, Conviction Expunged, Cannot Sue Anonymously by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that a man who was falsely accused of a crime and later had his record expunged cannot sue for malicious prosecution anonymously. ...
Article • December 12, 2017
Filed under: Probation
Vermont Supreme Court: Miranda Warning Not Necessary When Probation Officer Questions Probationer about Criminal Activity by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a person on "furlough," a heightened version of parole in Vermont, has no right to a Miranda warning prior to questioning by ...
Article • December 12, 2017
Filed under: Bail, Bail Bonds
Efforts to End “Scourge of Money Bail” Meeting with Success by David Reutter By David M. Reutter The initiative by Equal Justice Under Law to end the incarceration pending trial of persons too poor to post bail is reaping positive outcomes.  Each day, there are about 500,00 human beings who ...
Article • December 11, 2017
Man Wrongly Imprisoned on Death Row for 28 Years May Sue Ohio by Dale Johnston was convicted of murdering his stepdaughter and her boyfriend and sentenced to death. The decision of a three-judge panel in 1984 was based in part on testimony from a hypnotized witness. He always denied having ...
Article • December 11, 2017
Congress Exempts from Taxation Awards to Wrongfully Convicted by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Congress has passed the wrongful Conviction Tax Act of 2015 with votes from both sides of the aisle, exempting the damage awarded granted the wrongfully convicted from federal tax liability.   According to the Innocence Project, a ...
Article • December 11, 2017
Florida Supreme Court Speaks Out of Both Sides of Mouth in Prisoner Sanction Case by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis The Florida Supreme Court has issued an unusual opinion in which it simultaneously sanctioned a prisoner for too many filings and pointed out that the prisoner may be serving an ...
Article • December 7, 2017
$82,500 Damages to Detained American, Federal Judge Blasts ICE Officials by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis In a scathing opinion, Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, awarded a wrongfully detained American citizen $82,500 in damages for false ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Filed under: Wrongful Conviction
Second Circuit Upholds $36 Million Jury Award, $5 Million in Fees in Wrongful Conviction Case by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On January 19, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the award of $36 million in damages and nearly $5 million in attorney fees to two New York ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Filed under: Wrongful Conviction
Innocence Project Emerging in Israel by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Wrongful convictions are a well-known phenomena in the United States; the administration of one of the world’s largest criminal justice systems virtually guarantees mistakes and failures. Famous cases such as that of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who was framed for ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
D.C. Man Subjected to 77 Days Overdetention; Marshals Service Denies Responsibility by Monte McCoin by Monte McCoin Carlton O. Harris, a 28-year-old journeyman roofer, was mistakenly held at the District of Columbia’s jail for 77 days without a chance to see a judge or be appointed a defense attorney after ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Chicago Man Exonerated of Murder Awarded $13 Million after 22 Years in Prison by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Following a trial that began on March 6, 2017, a federal jury awarded a former prisoner more than $13 million after he sued the City of Chicago, seven police officers and ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Filed under: Pardons/Clemency
State Governors Grant Over 500 Pardons, Commutations by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis In what is typically a politically risky move, six state governors recently granted pardons and commutations to hundreds of current and former prisoners. In California, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Arkansas and Vermont, more than 500 pardons were ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
First Circuit Reverses Convictions of Massachusetts Probation Officials by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis In December 19, 2016, the First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the convictions of several former public officials in Massachusetts for their roles in a hiring scheme at the Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP). ...
Article • November 30, 2017
Community Funds, Federal Legislation Challenging Bail System from Different Angles by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Kalief Browder was a 16-year-old arrested in New York City in 2012 on charges of stealing a backpack. The charges were later dismissed, but not before he sat in jail on Rikers Island for ...
Article • November 30, 2017
Nevada: Woman Freed After 35 Years Sues for Wrongful Murder Conviction by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Homophobic police officers in Reno, Nevada framed a mentally ill woman for a murder she did not commit by labeling her a lesbian, withholding evidence and coercing a confession from her, her attorneys ...
Article • November 28, 2017
Filed under: War on Drugs, Sentencing, Parole
Missouri’s Release of Pot Dealer Doing LWOP Gives Hope to Nonviolent Drug Offenders Incarcerated Nationwide by Joe Watson By Joe Watson Jeff Mizanskey, a 62 year old Missouri state prisoner serving life without parole (LWOP) on a nonviolent drug conviction, was released on Sept, 2, 2015, eliciting cautious optimism that ...
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