Rodney Class admitted possessing a gun illegally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Despite his guilty plea, Class contended that the statute under which he was convicted “violates the Second Amendment” because he had a legally-owned firearm in a vehicle parked in a lot he did not realize was on the Capitol grounds.
Etan Patz disappeared on May 25, 1979, while walking to his school bus stop, and the case had long been one of New York City’s most notorious unsolved killings. A man who worked in a bodega in his Manhattan neighborhood was convicted in a second murder trial following a hung jury.
The National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices has issued instructions to state judges spelling out alternative sanctions such as reducing fines, extending times to pay and requiring community service. “It’s morally right,” says Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, task force co-chair.
Since the unrest after Michael Brown’s fatal shooting, suburban St. Louis municipal court traffic cases have dropped 42 percent and revenue also is down. The Brown case led to intense scrutiny of police and court abuses.
Federal appeals judge Thomas Hardiman of Pittsburgh, a colleague of Donald Trump’s sister, is on the final list of three candidates for Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat, reports the Associated Press.
Jerry Hartfield has spent 32 years in prison after his murder conviction was overturned on appeal. His attorney says, “This was the perfect storm of everything that could go wrong with the criminal justice system.”
Manning has served nearly seven years of her 35-year-sentence–the longest punishment ever imposed in the U.S. for a leak conviction. She was convicted of stealing 750,000 pages of documents related to U.S. military and diplomatic activities around the world.
New Orleans spends more to administer its bail system than it earns in revenue from bail, fines and fees—with a devastating impact on the city’s poorest residents, most of them African-American, according to a study released Tuesday by the Vera Institute of Justice.