Sentencing/Post Conviction

3777 ABA Journal Sentencing/Post Conviction articles.

Former BigLaw partner gets prison sentence for work on behalf of Martin Shkreli

A former income partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Friday for conspiracy to commit wire and securities fraud in connection with his representation…

Executed Tennessee man coughed and gasped before dying; Sotomayor had warned of ‘torturous pain’

A Tennessee man was executed on Thursday after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor warned that he was likely to suffer “torturous pain” while his suffering is shrouded “behind a…

Court rejects Brock Turner’s ‘outercourse’ argument, says clothed contact doesn’t nix rape intent
Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner has lost an appeal that argued his attempted rape conviction should be overturned because his intent was “outercourse” rather than “intercourse.”
Alabama underfeeding inmates meal money
Larry Nassar’s lawyers link judge’s ‘free-for-all’ hearing to prison assault, seek new sentence

A court filing links a Michigan judge’s conduct at a sentencing hearing to an inmate attack on former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted in two courts for…

Brock Turner’s lawyer tells appeals court his client only wanted ‘outercourse’ with victim
The lawyer for former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner told a California appeals court on Tuesday that it should overturn his client’s attempted rape conviction because Turner’s intent was “outercourse” rather than “intercourse.”
Another jail eliminates in-person visits and adopts 50-cent-a-minute video visitation

Jails are increasingly offering video visitations for inmates, and some facilities are citing the new, sometimes pricey service as a reason to restrict or ban in-person visitations.

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Nonlawyer with a multistate law practice gets 12-year sentence
A New Jersey man convicted of posing as a lawyer while running a multistate law practice has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Alabama governor redirects some inmate food cash; will it stop sheriffs from keeping the leftovers?
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is calling on lawmakers to change a state law that some sheriffs have cited to keep food funds that aren’t spent on inmate meals.
Judge halts execution over suit filed by drugmaker
A Nevada judge has blocked the execution of an inmate who sought to die based on objections of a drugmaker that wants its midazolam returned.
Movement to let the formerly incarcerated cut hair and drive taxis is gaining ground
Rosemarie Abruzzese feared losing her cosmetology license and her job in 2017 after the Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology said her past felony drug conviction made her a threat to public safety.
Clemency project recipient gets a smartphone—and hope
James Ledford got his first smartphone in June. It has a bit of a learning curve.
Exonerated Texans help wrongfully convicted prisoners find freedom
Texas exonerees Johnnie Lindsey, Christopher Scott and Stephen Phillips are the focus of the PBS documentary True Conviction. Through the House of Renewed Hope, they investigate the cases of inmates who say they’ve been wrongfully accused.
Wrongly convicted as a teen, now he helps those like himself
Jeffrey Deskovic settled a federal lawsuit against the authorities responsible for his wrongful conviction. Using some of his settlement money, he created the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, a nonprofit based in New York City committed to preventing wrongful convictions and helping exonerees reintegrate into society.
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.

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