Criminal Justice

18197 ABA Journal Criminal Justice articles.

White House counsel reportedly cooperated with special counsel; was privilege waiver bad lawyering?
White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly gave 30 hours of interviews to the special counsel Robert Mueller's office, spurring concern among advisers to President Donald Trump about potentially damaging information.
New criminal justice technology catalog relaunches with over 130 projects
In early August, I was in Chicago for the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting, and I had the chance to sit down with Brian Hill, the CEO of justice technology company Edovo.
Bill proposes greater accountability for New York prosecutors who break the law
In 2013, ProPublica published a series of reports finding that New York prosecutors are almost never punished for misconduct that can land innocent people in prison or let the guilty go free.

That could change in the coming days.

Special counsel team is so secretive it won’t disclose Shake Shack order
Journalists are so interested in Robert Mueller and his legal team that public sightings are tweeted, and even their food orders draw interest.
5th Circuit stays judge’s ruling requiring automatic release of indigent misdemeanor suspects
A federal appeals court on Tuesday stayed a portion of a federal judge’s ruling that required the automatic release of misdemeanor defendants in Harris County, Texas, if they were unable to pay bail.
Jurors in Paul Manafort trial ask for new definition of reasonable doubt

Judge T.S. Ellis III told jurors that reasonable doubt is a doubt based on reason, and the government is not required to prove guilt beyond “all possible doubt.”

DOJ is challenging Tennessee ethics opinion on prosecutors’ obligations to disclose evidence

The Justice Department has picked a fight with an obscure ethics agency in Tennessee about how much evidence—called “discovery”—federal prosecutors should have to hand over to defense attorneys there.


Judge orders change to cause of death for civil rights lawyer

The cause of death for a civil rights lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, should be changed from “suicide” to “undetermined,” a state judge has ruled.

Judge David Thomson of the…

Prominent Indiana lawyer is shot and killed; client in civil case is a suspect

A prominent lawyer was shot and killed at his Indiana home on Wednesday and police have arrested an 83-year-old man in connection with his death.

The slain lawyer is 64-year-old…

Brother-in-law charged in shooting death of Mayer Brown partner Stephen Shapiro
Updated: Police have charged a suburban Chicago man in the shooting death of Mayer Brown partner Stephen Shapiro, the founder of the law firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice. The suspect is Shapiro's brother-in-law.

John Gately III, 66, of Winnetka, Illinois, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and attempted murder, report the American Lawyer, Patch, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. A press release is here.
Only 1.2% of Chicago police complaints lead to suspension or firing, new data says
Updated: A public data project tracking the allegations of abuse against the Chicago Police Department has quadrupled in size, bringing alarming trends to light.
Former lawyer is charged with stealing client identities to apply for litigation advances

A former lawyer has been charged with stealing the identities of 36 ex-clients to apply for litigation funding advances that he kept.

Chalmer “Chuck” Detling II, 42, of Marietta, Georgia,…

Grand jury says dioceses in Pennsylvania covered up sex abuse for more than 70 years
A grand jury that investigated child sex abuse in six of Pennsylvania’s eight dioceses has reported credible allegations of abuse against more than 300 priests affecting more than a thousand child victims who were identifiable from church records.
The right age to die? For some, science outpaces the Supreme Court on juveniles, death penalty
When 15-year-old Luis Cruz joined the Latin Kings in 1991, he was a child by almost any measure: he couldn’t legally drive, drop out of school, or buy a beer. But was he still a child a few years later when—just months after he turned 18—he murdered two people on the orders of gang leaders?
First execution using fentanyl carried out after 8th Circuit rejects appeal

Nebraska inmate Carey Dean Moore became the first person to be executed with the drug fentanyl on Tuesday after a federal appeals court rejected a drug company’s challenge to two…

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