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Criminal Law

Shakespeare Had It Wrong: Don't 'Kill All the Lawyers!'

Steven Brill | Posted 09.22.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

Government cannot police itself. Departments like the Internal Affairs Bureau of the NYPD and the Inspector General of New York can only do so much. It takes the lawyers for the injured and abused, to protect the less powerful and to effectuate true change for our communities.

Working as a Defense Attorney Shouldn't Mean Political Suicide

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Advising the accused is not a politically popular job. But it is a necessary one. To criticize defense attorneys, the chief checks against prosecutorial abuse, is to promote a judicial system of error by stigmatizing a key motivator for better prosecution.

When Art and Real Life Collide in the Courtroom

Steven Brill | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

At an increasing rate, federal prosecutors are seeking to introduce rap videos, made by the charged defendants, as relevant evidence in their attempt to prove the elements of the crimes charged.

Federal Court: The Police Can Stop and Search You for Behaving Innocently

Larry Bodine | Posted 06.28.2014 | Crime
Larry Bodine

The police can now stop you for no reason at all. Law enforcement just needs to add a sinister context to your behavior, and off you go to jail.

Teach Law Outside of Law Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

What if I told you that the most pertinent social science subject -- one that affects every single one of us every single day -- is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction. It is the state of legal knowledge in America, and it is profoundly troubling.

The Growing Trend of 'Revenge Porn' and the Criminal Laws That May Follow

Steven Brill | Posted 04.27.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

Police departments and DAs are trying to figure out just how our justice system will deal with this new trend.

Too Often, American Justice Is Injustice

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Our state of affairs goes against a pinnacle of American justice, equality before law, facilitating everything from war crimes, to torture, to domestic spying, to a predatory, ravenous Wall Street that feeds on the middle class with impunity.

These Are the 10 Most Psychopathic Jobs in America

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.06.2014 | Weird News
Michael Shammas

As an aspiring lawyer, I suspected it all along, but now my suspicions have been (unfortunately) confirmed: We're all crazy. A ranking compiled by O...

Beware of Legal Threats Social Networks Pose

Russ Warner | Posted 10.30.2013 | Crime
Russ Warner

Be cautious and smart when using social networking sites. The feeling of anonymity that comes from no face-to-face interaction is an illusion. All information and photos, once posted publicly, is free to access and use and stays in server farms for years to come.

A Lawyer's Holiday: Part 2

Elliot Peters | Posted 10.21.2013 | Crime
Elliot Peters

It was stunning. Here was the story. Told so casually, but so consistent (except for who pulled the trigger) with everything we knew, including what Steven had testified to in court. Ronald was innocent and we could prove it.

Double Jeopardy in Egypt: Why You Should Care

Seth Engel | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Seth Engel

Though nominally a domestic issue, Egypt is facing a similarly vexing threat to international justice. This threat should be followed closely the world over.

'Loss of Control'

Louise Sayers | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Louise Sayers

I, on the other hand, had a more personal reason for wanting to write about my chosen topic -- "the relevance of cultural background to the application of the law" -- my interest in it having been triggered while spending time in East Africa the previous summer.

When the Law Doesn't Fit the Crime: Lessons From the Blogosphere

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 10.11.2012 | Crime
Tamar Birckhead

Practicing criminal law is not rocket science. It's also not open heart surgery. But it's more than just slapping a slice of cheese between two pieces of bread and calling it a sandwich.

Ask Now About the Pardon Power

Mark Osler | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Mark Osler

In the debates, there will be no shortage of questions about the economy, health care, foreign policy, and immigration. There ought to be time for at least one question that asks about this vestigial power of kings to grant mercy, which will rest uneasily in the hands of the election's victor.

Big Brother Could Definitely Be Tracking Your Cell Phone

Larry Bodine | Posted 10.22.2012 | Crime
Larry Bodine

In a frightening new decision, a federal appeals court says that you have no expectation of privacy when the police want to track your location using your cell phone.

Even Terrorists Deserve to Be Sentenced

Jonathan Hafetz | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Hafetz

Most of the 169 remaining Guantanamo detainees will never be charged in court. They will thus never be given what those accused of the most serious terrorist offenses receive: the opportunity to be tried and sentenced if found guilty.

Arin Greenwood

Verdicts Handed Down In D.C. Activists' Trial

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.16.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin handed down verdicts on Wednesday in the trial of eight D.C. activists arrested last April whi...

Arin Greenwood

Arrested D.C. Voting Rights Protesters Plan First Amendment Defense

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Eight District of Columbia voting rights activists arrested at an April rally on Capitol Hill will go to trial in the D.C. Superior Cour...

Ai Weiwei: Artist, Dissident and ... Tax Evader?

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Elizabeth Lynch

If Ai Weiwei is determined to be a "personnel directly in charge" of the Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd. he could potentially be criminally and economically liable.

Lock-up: What Behind the Mass Incarceration Across the Nation?

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

Where have all the black men gone? Michelle Alexander, in her recently released book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, answers the question head on.

Prayer, Confession and the Police

Mark Osler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Osler

Are we comfortable with prayer being used as a technique to get confessions? For many of us, there is something deeply troubling about this trend, which has been almost uniformly approved of by courts.

Criminalizing Friendship: Immigration Foes Overreach

Tim Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Lynch

Do you know anyone that is in the country illegally? If you do, you had better watch your step. Millions of Americans may have violated federal immigration law and are probably unaware of it.

Minor Infractions: Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Immigrants With Low-Level Possession Offenses

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

One week from today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder which can potentially impact countless legal immigrants and asylum seekers.

Gatesgate: They've All Got It Wrong.

Lionel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel

The case has forced Americans to look at the issue of policing from the perspectives of African-Americans and cops themselves. If we're smart we'll learn from this.

The Criminal (In)justice System

Saul Segan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Segan

Pharmacist Jerome Erslund was accosted by two gunmen in his place of business and is now being charged with murder.