Criminal

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  • Claudia M. Landeo and Kathryn E. Spier (University of Alberta - Department of Economics and Harvard University - Law School - Faculty) have posted Optimal Law Enforcement with Ordered Leniency on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This paper studies the...
  • Pennsylvania law considers property crimes to be very serious. As such, the recent increase in graffiti crime in Pittsburgh has attracted significant attention. Law enforcement officials are seeking to identify and arrest the individuals responsible…
  • Being a criminal defense attorney, I try to keep up with the latest fad drugs to hit the market in order to better serve my clients and help them understand what they are being charged with when it comes to controlled substances. This week I had a…
  • When can a person claim that he did not know he was driving or did not know he was intoxicated? Defenses that arise from claims of automatism or involuntary intoxication can often feel like fact patterns from a law school exam due to the oddity of…
  • On Friday, Governor Baker signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill into law, and because it contained an emergency preamble it went into effect upon signing. The law makes significant changes to defendants' ability to get a pre-arraignment…
  • Last week, President Trump signed legislation that expands criminal liability for people who own or operate online platforms that "promote or facilitate" not only sex trafficking, but virtually any consensual sex work. The new law, which amends…
  • The affidavit for the search warrant established probable cause that defendant's marijuana grow was for distribution and not for personal medical use. Commonwealth v. Richardson, 2018 Mass. LEXIS 236 (Apr. 17, 2018). The Franks challenge here was…
  • After an accident, the information off the data recorder on defendant's semi was seized and then searched by the police without a search warrant. The trial court suppressed, and the state filed an interlocutory appeal. Only three of its six ……
  • https://elcomercio.pe/opinion/editorial/editorial-media-revolucion-ministro-economia-finanzas-reforma-laboral-mercado-mef-noticia-512977 ¿Porqué estos señorones no impulsaron el inicio de nuestros desarrollo industrial en el…
  • A qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) is used to assign rights to a qualified retirement account to another person. 401(k)'s are perhaps the most common type of qualified plan, but there are other types as well. Without a QDRO, you have no…
  • Officers' (and government's) assertion of consent is so false it "tarnishes the entirety of the Government's case." There was nothing near reasonable suspicion or consent. United States v. Smith, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62041 (E.D. Mich. Apr. 12,…
  • Many Americans, especially those with children, go through a yearly cycle of events. There is summer vacation, where families take trips together and enjoy the warm weather, followed by fall and the return to normalcy. And there is the collection of…
  • The notion of mandatory reporters seemed to make an enormous amount of sense at the fringes. After all, if a teacher saw her elementary school student with cigarette burns, how could she not report the child for protection? A child abused needed…
  • The defendant's alternative argument about how the child pornography ended up on defendant's computer didn't undermine the probable cause for the search warrant. "The Court has already addressed Defendant's argument that a single connection between a…
  • At a time when deaths on the highways of Georgia and elsewhere are on the rise, it's not always apparent that cars are becoming safer. Recently, The Drive highlighted the safest cars on the road. The article pointed out that over a century of…
  • Defendant didn't preserve for appeal his argument that the suppression hearing court allowed witnesses to sit in the rehearing of the suppression hearing because he didn't make it to the trial court. At any rate, the transcripts of the hearing…
  • The village square is empty. There you are, soapbox in hand, ready to climb atop and harangue the throngs with your opinions, your call to action. And there's nobody there. They no longer have to be, as they're busy on Facebook, or the twitters, or…
  • Shelley Welton, Clean Electrification, 88 U. Colo. L. Rev. 571 (2017), available at SSRN. Felix Mormann Climate change has made the timely decarbonization of the electric grid a top priority for policymakers in the United States and across the globe.…
  • Religious language in the Citizenship Oath is being challenged in a court case by a green card holder who is seeking to become a citizen. Olga Paule Perrier-Bilbo, a French national and green card holder who has lived in Scituate in Massachusetts…