Criminal

Blog Posts

  • A Bad Proposal In Tennessee's DUI Law March 27, 2017 Driving under the influence (DUI) laws are a political football in Tennessee. Every session some state legislator tries to be the driving force to enact new DUI laws. Bills are drafted and proposed without any rhyme or reason. The bad DUI bill of…
  • Retail Theft, Criminal Conspiracy and the Computer Monitors March 27, 2017 This post examines an opinion from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania: Commonwealth v. Chikonyera, 2017 WL 815391 (2017). The court begins the opinion by explaining thatWilliam V. Chikonyera, appeals from the judgment of sentence of 4 years'…
  • Typical Scenarios That Lead to Gun Charges in Massachusetts March 27, 2017 Gun Charges in Massachusetts While the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms, i.e., own guns, there are many federal regulations and state laws that apply to gun ownership. There are many laws in…
  • Artificial Intelligence is a Net Positive for Lawyers March 27, 2017 A recent New York Times article explores whether artificial intelligence is replacing lawyers or whether it will in the future. The basic conclusion is that humans are necessary for legal work for the time being. As an attorney who does litigation,…
  • Bill Would Make Attacks on Police Officers and EMTs a Hate Crime in Texas March 27, 2017 The scope of hate crimes in Texas will expand if a bill to make all attacks on first responders hate crimes becomes law. The bill introduced in the Texas legislature would increase penalties for attacks against any first responder, including police,…
  • Why Video Voyeurism is on the Rise March 27, 2017 From 2004-2009 there were only two convictions for video voyeurism in Orange County, Florida; by 2014 the number raised to 10. Increased use of smartphones with photo and video capabilities as well as the commercial availability of small digital…
  • Monday Open Thread March 27, 2017 I've got court this afternoon, here's an open thread, all topics welcome. No blog-clogging please, and keep it civil. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Orange County's Fingerprint Expert Made Mistakes….Now What? March 27, 2017 A fingerprinting expert for the Orange County Sherriff's Department has been under internal investigation since October 2016, even though the State Attorney's Office of Orange and Osceola County are just now finding out about it. An 18-year veteran…
  • SuperKush to Save America March 27, 2017 He's a bird, he's a plane, he's SUPERKUSH! All Hail Family Trump. Today it's the son in law with zero policy or political experience who had already been tapped by the "me, my, mine" Trump to bring peace to the middle east…
  • Lawmakers eliminating time-frame protection for child sex offenders March 27, 2017 If passed into law it raises all sorts of legal questions.3-27-17 Illinois: Those who suffered sexual abuse and assault as children decades ago may soon be able to obtain justice by having their victimizers prosecuted. State Sen. Scott Bennett,…
  • News Scan March 27, 2017 Oklahoma Officer Dies in Shootout: An Oklahoma police officer lost his life early Monday morning following a shootout with a suspect. Fox News reports that officer Justin Terney was engaged in a shootout with a suspect following a traffic stop late…
  • The Future of DUI Prevention March 27, 2017 New technologies will be changing the approach to dealing with DUIs in the coming years. Drivers will have better ways to monitor their own blood alcohol levels, and the vehicles they drive could come equipped to prevent them from driving if they've…
  • Should I testify in the Grand Jury? Part Two March 27, 2017 This is the second part of a multi-part blog post about how the Grand Jury in New York works and whether a defendant should testify in the Grand Jury. This is written for laypeople to understand and deliberately avoids legalese jargon to make it…
  • Teichman on Convicting with Reasonable Doubt March 27, 2017 Doron Teichman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law) has posted Convicting with Reasonable Doubt: An Evidentiary Theory of Criminal Law (Notre Dame Law Review, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This Article presents an…
  • How Not to Become a Lesson to Others When it Comes to Gun Ownership in Michigan March 27, 2017 Does owing a gun or firearm for the purpose of defending yourself and your family increase the risk of an accident, or becoming a victim if you use your gun in protection of yourself or a loved one? In depends on who you talk to, apparently. Over the…
  • Ignition Interlocks Stopped 350,000 Drunk Drivers Last Year March 27, 2017 New data from the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving suggests that ignition interlock devices prevented nearly 350,000 instances of drunk driving in the last year, and more than 2.3 millions instances over the past decade. If you are…
  • Arrested for Shoplifting from Kohls March 27, 2017 Kohls employs very aggressive strategies to combat shoplifting. Due to this strategy there are many arrests and prosecutions which result from incidents allegedly involving retail fraud. There are a number of policies and procedures that Kohls…
  • Crimea: In the International Blind Spot March 27, 2017 Russian security forces attempt to block the way of Crimean Tatars crossing a checkpoint in May 2014. REUTERS/STRINGER By Viachaslau "Slava" Bortnik Amnesty International recently released a public statement raising the worsening human rights…
  • CFPB Fails to State Case Against Payment Processor March 27, 2017 The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota recently dismissed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) complaint against a payment processor, Intercept, in a case McGuireWoods has been monitoring. The Court held that…
  • Court of Appeals Caseload Information March 27, 2017 House Bill 239 would reduce the number of judges on the court of appeals from 15 to 12. It has passed the House and awaits Senate consideration. Proponents of the bill (mostly Republicans) say that the court should contract because the number of…