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Judge orders stop to blanket detention of asylum seekers at 5 locations
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has temporarily barred blanket detentions of people seeking asylum based on a credible fear of persecution in their home countries.
Manslaughter charge is reinstated though lawyer-client conversation was recorded and transcribed
The Indiana Supreme Court has reinstated a voluntary manslaughter charge against a man whose attorney-client conversation was recorded during a break in police questioning, then transcribed and distributed to prosecutors.
The Chicago police legacy of extracting false confessions is costing the city millions
Of the 29 wrongful conviction rulings involving false confessions in the United States in 2017, 13 were in Cook County. Of the more than 260 false confession cases since 1989, about 25 percent have come from Cook County.
Supreme Court won’t hear case of Brendan Dassey, teen featured in ‘Making a Murderer’
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the appeal of Brendan Dassey, the teen convicted of helping his uncle kill a woman in a case featured in the Making a Murderer Netflix series.
Judge refuses to toss money laundering charge against Manafort, upholds search of storage unit
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has refused to dismiss a money laundering charge against Paul Manafort and refused to exclude evidence seized from his storage unit.
How could someone confess to a crime they didn’t commit? Watch ‘The Confession Tapes’ and see
Every defense attorney has heard it more than once: “I was coerced!”
US intends to call Akin Gump lawyer in Manafort trial; lawyers seek to block storage unit evidence

Lawyers for Paul Manafort learned Wednesday that the government plans to call a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to testify in the trial of President Donald Trump’s…

From paper to digital documents, Judge Andrew Peck traveled (and set) the discovery trail (podcast)
For litigators accustomed to conducting discovery inside large warehouses surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands, of cardboard file boxes, combing through several forests' worth of paper to find the few relevant documents was like trying to find the needle in the haystack.
Does forensic hypnosis produce reliable evidence? 2 death row inmates say it’s junk science
Two Texas death row inmates are contending forensic hypnosis was wrongly used to put them behind bars.
School lawyer asks about birds-and-bees talk, mom’s terminated pregnancy in teen’s bullying suit
A lawyer representing Nashville, Tennessee, schools wants to know how a teen suing the school has “developed sexually” and whether she is aware of her mother’s sexual history.
Forensic search of cellphone seized at border requires some form of suspicion, 4th Circuit says

Some form of individualized suspicion is needed before the government can use forensic software to search a cellphone seized at the border, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

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Does Stanley have a mustache? ‘The Office’ illustrates issues with cross-racial identification

As I’ve been writing this column on law and pop culture over the past year or so, I’ve started to realize that…

Murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel is tossed because of ineffective assistance

The Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 2002 murder conviction of Michael Skakel, the nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy.

The court ruled 4-3 that Skakel is…

Investigators who found Golden State Killer through DNA website borrowed idea from another case

The idea of using a DNA website to catch a serial murderer began with a search for the identity of an abandoned 5-year-old girl named Lisa.

That sleuthing led police…

New York considers changing discovery rules that often leave defense lawyers in the dark
Advocates have dubbed New York’s discovery scheme the blindfold law, arguing that the lack of information requires defense counsel to prepare for trial, or advise clients about plea bargains, without ever seeing the evidence.

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