Criminal Justice

18274 ABA Journal Criminal Justice articles.

Russian national is charged with conspiracy to interfere with midterm elections and US democracy

A Russian national from St. Petersburg has been charged with overseeing finances of a social media operation to create distrust in the American political system and interfere with U.S. democracy.

Four women seek special prosecutor after DA declines to file sexual assault charges

Four women are asking the Utah Supreme Court to appoint a special prosecutor to pursue their sexual assault allegations after the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office declined to bring…

DNA from stamp is used to indict John Doe suspect for threatening judge

Prosecutors in Wisconsin have filed a felony charge against the DNA profile of an unidentified man believed to have sent a threatening letter to a judge.

The DNA was obtained…

Suspended lawyer is convicted of embezzling $26M from his now-bankrupt law firm

A suspended Atlanta lawyer was convicted Friday for embezzling $26 million from the law firm where he once served as managing partner.

Nathan Hardwick IV was convicted on 21 counts…

Suspended West Virginia justice is convicted for false statements, misuse of state vehicles

A suspended justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals was convicted Friday on 11 of 22 counts in a federal trial in the state capital of Charleston.

Former BigLaw partner is sentenced to five years in prison in $7.8M scheme

A former partner at Hunton & Williams and Willkie Farr & Gallagher has been sentenced to five years in prison for a phony invoice scheme that bilked her firms out…

Washington Supreme Court strikes down state death penalty as racially biased
The Washington Supreme Court has ruled the state’s death penalty violates the state constitution because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.
Justice Department will oppose consent decree to reform Chicago Police Department

The U.S. Department of Justice will file a statement of interest opposing a pending consent decree in Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department.

Attorney General…

ABA weighs in on California Supreme Court case affecting state’s new bail reform law
Updated: The American Bar Association filed an amicus brief Tuesday asking the California Supreme Court to affirm a decision critical of that state's bail schedule.
Sotomayor expresses ‘deeply troubling concern’ about solitary confinement in cert denial

Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday expressed “deeply troubling concern” about solitary confinement conditions that deny prisoners “even a moment in daylight for months or years.”

Jurors find Chicago police officer guilty of second-degree murder in shooting death of black teen

A Chicago police officer was found guilty of second-degree murder on Friday for the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, shot McDonald 16 times…

W. Va. justice acquitted in impeachment vote as colleague’s criminal trial begins

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Beth Walker will remain on the bench after state senators acquitted her 32-1 in an impeachment trial on Tuesday.

Walker was acquitted during…

Disbarred lawyer suspected in shooting of 7 South Carolina law enforcement officers

The suspect was admitted to the bar in 1980 and disbarred by consent four years later in an order by the state’s supreme court.

4 men associated with white supremacist group face federal charges in Charlottesville violence

Four members or associates of a white supremacist group called the Rise Above Movement face rioting charges in connection with the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A suspect is forced by the FBI to unlock an iPhone using facial recognition

An Apple iPhone X user, suspected of possessing child pornography, was forced by the FBI use facial recognition to unlock their phone.

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