Sentencing/Post Conviction

3791 ABA Journal Sentencing/Post Conviction articles.

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.
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.”

Alaska governor to propose legislation after offender receives lenient plea deal for sex crime

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says he plans to propose legislation that would make unwanted contact with semen a sex crime following an outcry over a plea deal for a man…

Tampon ban for Virginia prison visitors is suspended

Updated: Officials in Virginia have suspended an announced policy that would have banned most women who visit the state’s prisons from wearing tampons or menstrual cups.

The tampon ban, which…

Chemerinsky: Another blockbuster Supreme Court term is ahead

At this point, review has not been granted in any cases involving abortion rights, affirmative action, campaign finance law, or gay and lesbian rights. But there are potentially important rulings about many different areas of law.

Bill Cosby is sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, denied bail pending appeal

A Pennsylvania judge declared Bill Cosby a sexually violent predator on Tuesday and sentenced him to three to 10 years in prison.

Judge Steven O’Neill sentenced the 81-year-old Cosby for…

Netflix’s new series ‘First and Last’ accurately details many aspects of county jail life

Viewers have to remember that Gwinnett County Jail is just that: a county jail. That means almost all the inmates are coming in off the streets. Don’t get this confused with a prison. You can think of county jail as a kind of lockup purgatory.

Judge says ex-lawyer lived a ‘diabolical secret life’ and sentences him in wife’s 1973 murder

An Illinois judge wasn’t swayed during a sentencing hearing Thursday when former lawyer Donnie Rudd denied involvement in his wife’s 1973 murder.

Judge Marc Martin of Cook County sentenced Rudd…

ABA president asks House committee to reauthorize Second Chance Act
A bill that funds anti-recidivism work has the support of the American Bar Association, writes ABA President Bob Carlson.
Second murder trial against former Blackwater guard results in mistrial

The retrial of a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard, convicted of first-degree murder for starting a mass shooting more than a decade ago in Iraq, resulted in a hung jury…

Reality Winner given record federal sentence for media leak

Former government contractor Reality Winner has been sentenced to five years and three months in prison for leaking to the media a top-secret report about Russian hacking attempts.

Winner, 26,…

Nationwide prisoner strike makes demands for better treatment, justice reform
In at least 17 states, prisoners began a 19-day strike Tuesday to protest prison conditions and call for criminal justice reform.
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…

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