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Plea Bargains

Yo Ho Ho!

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.02.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Wrestling With 'Justice While Black'

John Thompson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices
John Thompson

Perhaps the best thing about Justice While Black, by Robbin Shipp and Nick Chiles, is the way that it puts individual faces on the persons, disproportionately African-American males, who are systematically abused by the criminal justice system.

Why Is Judge Rakoff a Lone Wolf?

Joel Cohen | Posted 01.03.2015 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Why is Judge Rakoff (seemingly) the only one willing to expose to the general public the galling scenario that plays out every day in our courts?

Sentences So Long They Scare Us to Death

Mary Price | Posted 04.03.2013 | Crime
Mary Price

The tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz has prompted long overdue reflection about the power of federal prosecutors.

Justice Compromised for Hoops Star in Oklahoma Rape Case

David Protess | Posted 12.12.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Earlier today, an Oklahoma judge handed a 23-year-old African-American basketball player at Oklahoma State University two one-year suspended sentences for sexually assaulting a pair of Caucasian women at an off-campus party in 2010.

Stillwater House Holds Keys to Truth About Rape Conviction of Student-Athlete

David Protess | Posted 12.03.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

On December 12, 2010, an inconspicuous house on S. Lewis would become indelibly etched in Stillwater's crime lore as the place where a black OSU basketball star allegedly raped two young white women.

Why Student-Athlete Wouldn't Play "Let's Make a Deal" in Oklahoma Rape Case

David Protess | Posted 11.24.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

What happens when an innocent person is offered leniency? Roll the dice and hope a jury sees the truth? Such was the dilemma faced by Darrell Williams, his supporters say -- and it happened twice.

Why Do Innocent People Plead Guilty?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.29.2012 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Roughly 20 percent of those that have been exonerated confessed to the crimes with which they were charged. Most involved persons who had actually gone to trial, but we have no way of knowing how many entered guilty pleas through bargains and never appealed as a result.

Mike Sacks

Absurdly Bad Plea Bargain Advice Violates Constitution, Supreme Court Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defendants who receive deficient or absurdly bad plea bargaining advice from their lawyers have had their constitutional rights violated...

America's Justice System Has Failed Us All

Conrad Black | Posted 01.24.2012 | Crime
Conrad Black

The unfairness, hypocrisy, and barbarism of the American criminal justice system is increasingly the subject of serious comment. Indeed, almost everything about the American system is wrong.

"Lawyer Up" First, Flip Gently: How Legal Persuasion Works With Terror Suspects

David Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coleman

Unlike the use of torture -- which is illegal under domestic and international law, frequently unproductive and a political shot-to-the-foot of our national interests in being seen to adhere to the rule of law -- traditional law enforcement tools for eliciting cooperation of suspects have been long considered lawful.