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The Five Lingering Questions After Baltimore Prosecutor's Announcement of Charges in Freddie Gray's Death

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 05.05.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

This case will likely have significant legal challenges that are belied by the confidence of Ms. Mosby's presentation and the relative breakneck speed at which she filed charges. After listening closely to the press conference, I believe there are five big takeaways.

GM and Its No Good, Very Bad Year

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Rena Steinzor

With the announcement that GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra received the outsized compensation of $16.2 million in 2014, what should have been a year of humiliation and soul-searching for that feckless automaker instead ended on a disturbingly self-satisfied note.

The Suprising Thing People Facing Federal Criminal Charges Learn

Matt Kaiser | Posted 03.18.2015 | Crime
Matt Kaiser

Basically two things happen in court -- people try to get someone else's money or the government tries to get someone's freedom. People taken to court are either at risk of losing cash or going to prison.

Measuring Justice One Case at a Time

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 03.08.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Because there really are no cookie-cutter criminal cases or fungible criminal defendants, we need juries to act as a counterweight to legislative and political incentives that drive us toward a one size fits all criminal justice system.

'A Crime of Passion': A Talk With Scott Pratt

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.12.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

A Crime of Passion is the 7th Joe Dillard thriller. In this novel, Joe is hired to defend a record company baron accused of murdering a young country music star. He finds himself amidst a web of lies so byzantine, he may never learn the truth.

US Needs to Explain Decision Not to Prosecute Torturers

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

If US officials tortured people, and we know torture is, was and always has been illegal, why isn't the government prosecuting them? Maybe there's some complicated legal reason that isn't obvious to most of us why the evidence wouldn't hold up in court. If so, it's in the government's interest to explain what that is.

How We Are Clicking Away Our Constitutional Rights

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Burke E. Strunsky

You may assume that some evidence of lawlessness is a prerequisite for a government official getting ahold of a gift-wrapped package containing the digital "you," but the reality is that the law is not there yet.

To Harvard and Other Universities: In Protecting Students From Sexual Assault, Don't Disregard Due Process

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Michael Shammas

Yes, Harvard's previous sexual assault policy was utterly inadequate to protect survivors of sexual misconduct -- as are far too many policies still in place at other American universities. But the new policy goes dangerously far in another direction, and law professors were right to call their university out.

Ferguson Needed a Robert F. Kennedy, Not a George S. Patton

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 10.26.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

RFK knew how to inspire people. It wasn't a cheap, button-pushing inspiration, but the kind that grew out of his direct awareness of what people had experienced and where they were coming from. As a prosecutor, I often look to his words for guidance.

Challenging a Client's Story

Joel Cohen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Any client, but particularly a criminal client, wants his lawyer to believe him -- whether or not he is being honest with him. If in fact the client i...

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.

Why Were We So Jubilant And Despondent After The Zimmerman Verdict?

Daniel Simon | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Daniel Simon

There have been few times in the typical American political debate where many whom are politically active and not have had such strong sentiments towa...

Attack on Trayvon Martin Is an Attack on America

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

Voter suppression and "stand your ground" are attacks on America's 99 percent. Sound crazy? They are attacks on reasonableness. Voter suppression a...

Jury out on All Female Jury for Zimmerman

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.24.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

As one seasoned criminal defense attorney noted, "Like black people, they are sensitive to injustice because they have had a lot of it put on them."

What Zimmerman's Jury Will Likely Look Like

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.07.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

It was no accident that Zimmerman's attorneys never for a moment did what most defense attorneys do in highly charged, racially tinged cases. That's to ask for a change of venue.

US Attorney's Attempt to Seize Innocent Family's Motel Dismissed

Dan McDermott | Posted 03.31.2013 | Crime
Dan McDermott

Justice has prevailed over an outrageous example of prosecutorial overreach. In this case, the government argued that Motel Caswell in Tewksbury, Massachusetts should be seized because there were 15 drug arrests over a 15-year period.

Crime and No Punishment

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

The American people are not stupid. They see the double standard. They know that there are two sets of laws in the country: one for the rich, powerful and well connected of Wall Street and one for everyone else on Main Street.

Is the Door Opening to Criminal Prosecution of Big Banks?

Nicholas Carroll | Posted 02.16.2013 | Business
Nicholas Carroll

I don't know that Obama will lead the charge to justice. But seeing this surging wave of litigation, perhaps he will have what it takes to grab his surfboard and catch the wave.

Breaking the Silence: The Media and Male Sexual Abuse

Vivian Norris | Posted 10.24.2012 | Media
Vivian Norris

During the past few years we have finally been hearing more about an epidemic of sexual abuse of children , and thankfully, a few prosecutions. The pe...

Janell Ross

Florida Voter Purge Battle Escalates

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 09.28.2012 | Latino Voices

Two days after Florida reignited the fight to purge suspected noncitizens from the state’s voter rolls and announced plans to refer 36 noncitizens w...

Life as a Prosecutor

Stacey Honowitz | Posted 09.26.2012 | Crime
Stacey Honowitz

Does the public ever know how many prosecutors have sat in their offices crying because they believed so much in a case and the jury said "not guilty"? That's the side of a prosecutor that nobody chooses to explore. That's the life that some of us lead.

A Changing of the Guard at the ICC

Diana Jenkins | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Diana Jenkins

Last week, I was a witness to the changing of the guard at the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor. Luis Moreno-Ocampo is stepping ...

Human Trafficking a Growing Global Scourge

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.29.2012 | Crime
Andrew Lam

Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal business in the world, according to the State Department. It ranks only second to drug trafficking in profitability, bringing in an estimated $32 billion annually.

If You Commit a Crime, Can You Escape Prosecution by Fleeing to a Native American Reservation?

Quora | Posted 07.10.2012 | Crime
Quora

Each tribe sets the rules on how local and federal law enforcement operate on the reservation, within limits.

For-Profit Criminal Prosecutions

Andrea Lyon | Posted 03.14.2012 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

When there is publicity associated with a criminal prosecution, the ability for jurors, judges, and prosecutors and yes, sometimes even defense lawyers, to presume innocence becomes even more circumscribed.