The United States incarcerates more individuals than any other nation in the world. In numbers, that means 2.3 million adults are incarcerated and around 12 million people move through the American jail system. The need for prison reform in the U.S. is apparent, but reforming the system is a massive undertaking. Recently, several arguments have been presented as to why there should be prison reforms, depending on which side of the aisle you look to. Liberals have consistently
In recent weeks, Judge Nicholas Garaufis, a federal judge of the Eastern District, ruled that a draft letter an Air Force veteran accused of providing material support to ISIS wrote to his wife was not protected by marital privilege. Marital privilege is based on the policy of encouraging spousal harmony, and preventing spouses from having to implicate, or be implicated, by their spouses. It is separated into two distinct privileges: testimonial and communications. Testimo
Whether it is prostitutes in Louisiana, non-violent 18-25 year old men in Oklahoma, or incarcerated adults with mental illnesses in Texas, diversion programs are sweeping the nation as alternative options to incarceration. Diversion programs are innovative and require courts to accept that traditional methods and justifications of punishment are not working. Diversion programs take the option of incarceration for defendants who meet specific eligibility requirements away, and
When defendants decide to commit a felonious act, they are also subjecting themselves to the possibility of being charged with first-degree murder. How? The felony murder doctrine allows for prosecutors to charge defendants with first-degree murder if someone dies during the commission of a felony. To offer more clarity on the subject, it is best to look at real case examples and the reoccurring themes that arise within the felony murder doctrine. Larry Whitfield, of North Ca
Although the bill is at a standstill, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, if passed would, arguably, be one of the most significant criminal justice reforms to occur in the last twenty years. Practitioners should be aware that the Sentencing Reform bill permits a court to reduce the mandatory minimum prison term that is imposed on certain nonviolent defendants. This applies to defendants who are convicted of a high level, first time or low level, repeat drug of
A cell-site simulator is a “suitcase-sized device” that impersonates cell carrier-owned equipment to trick a target’s phone into connecting to it. The technology can be described as “invasive and over-broad in its collection of data” because its reach is not limited to a specific phone. The device connects to various phones in its vicinity and collects their unique identification numbers. It can emit a signal through the wall of a house and force a phone to emit information.
Bill Cosby and his legal team probably are not very happy right now. It is certainly no secret that the once-cherished comedian has fallen spectacularly from grace. With dozens of accusers, the public has rapidly polarized on the question of Cosby’s culpability. Tensions reached their highest point when Cosby was indicted on December 30, 2015 in Montgomery, Pennsylvania on charges of indecent assault stemming from allegations first recorded in 2004. Cosby’s counsel moved to
For the past four years, my sister has attended the elite summer theatre program, Stagedoor Manor. Its impressive alumni include Natalie Portman, Robert Downey Jr., Mandy Moore, Ansel Elgort, Zach Braff, Jon Cryer, and Lea Michele. Because this was her senior year, it was her final summer, and therefore I felt bound to go. This was my first time so what did I know about kids in plays? I was always an athlete and an aspiring lawyer. Furthermore, she was in some play I had neve