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  • Last week, the Maryland legislature voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 423, which would allow individuals who were convicted by way of a guilty plea, Alford plea or plea of nolo contendere (no contest) to file a writ of actual innocence or…
  • The title of this post is the title of this new paper I have written for a forthcoming issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter which is now available via SSRN. Here is the abstract: States reforming marijuana laws should be particularly concerned…
  • He asistido al primero de los dos, "Días de Moscú", llegué antes de las once, ésta (las once horas) era la señalada para el inicio del evento, pero las simultáneas empezaron antes y terminaron cuando se presentó un…
  • Writing at The Intercept, Tana Ganeva has this notable new article reporting on some notable new data on marijuana arrests under the headline "The War On Pot Marches On: In Nearly Half The Country, Marijuana Arrests Have Gone Up Since 2014." Here are…
  • In DUI cases, the police generally observe a driver break some traffic law and then initiate a traffic stop. If the police officer claims to observe evidence that the driver is drunk or otherwise impaired, that officer will start a DUI investigation.…
  • A development occurred recently involving a defendant who was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for involvement in a Salmonella outbreak that was traced to a peanut butter plant. This outbreak resulted in thousands of illnesses as…
  • Earlier this month, a state appellate court issued a written opinion in a New York robbery case involving a defendant who confessed to robbing a car at gunpoint. The case required the court to determine if the trial court properly excluded evidence…
  • More than other age groups, teenage drivers are at significant risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, a large number of teenagers are also eager to drive which increases the rate at which these accidents occur. While it…
  • A 35-year-old unemployed Gainesville man is accused of devising a scheme to use dark web-bought identification information to rent hotel rooms and then sublease the rooms to people for illicit activity, according to Gainesville police. The man faces…
  • Tomorrow, New Jersey Governor Philly Murphy plans on signing the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act into state law. This new legislation will enable New Jersey to be the latest state to mandate comprehensive equal pay for all employees. The law plans to go…
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has jumped once more into the question created by habitual criminal laws and the variation in the definitions of crimes across jurisdictions. The problem is particularly acute for federal courts, because the "priors" are…
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect is defined generally as any action or failure to act that causes unreasonable suffering, misery, or harm to the patient. It can include assault of a patient, but can also include withholding necessary food, medical…
  • Probation sounds great when the only other alternative is jail time, but the relief felt when a judge announces a suspended sentence instead of active incarceration can be short lived. Not everyone is built for probation, and while some may breeze…
  • The Lord noted that the poor will always be with us, but He may as well have been speaking of federal agency guidance documents that are sometimes used against members of the regulatory community. Here is a short video about the DOJ's…
  • Oklahoma State Senator Ervin Yen is an anesthesiologist. According to his official bio:After completing his residency in 1984, he began practicing as an anesthesiologist. Dr. Yen has worked as a cardiac anesthesiologist at Saint Anthony Hospital and…
  • Adaptive cruise control is a safety feature for many new cars. Just like any cruise control, it assists by maintaining a speed without the driver having to do any work. However, as a safety feature, ACC (for short) also keeps a safe following…
  • SCOTUS Hears Travel Ban Case Wednesday: The Supreme Court will hear argument in the Ninth Circuit case of Trump v. Hawaii Wednesday. As reported on SCOTUSblog roughly 75 amicus briefs have been filed in the case, with the bulk of them arguing in…
  • The Crime Report: Facial Recognition Software: Coming Soon to Your Local Retailer? by Nick Coult: Shoplifting is harmless, right? It's nothing more than a victimless petty crime. Besides, it doesn't really hurt the retailers because they just write…