Newton, Ma., Judge Shelley Joseph was offered a deal to avoid prosecution if she admitted she helped an illegal immigrant escape out a basement door in the courthouse to avoid Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Joseph, 51, was indicted on federal charges of obstruction of justice and interfering with a federal investigation.
Research shows how easy it is for people to be pressured into admitting crimes they didn’t commit. But, unless DNA proves them wrong, most people in the justice system won’t “consider the likelihood that a confession is false,” writes the director of the Miami Law Innocence Clinic in a new paper.
Florida now requires the collection of massive amounts of personal information that can be used to determine justice decisions. Proponents argue it will not only save money, but provide for fairer treatment. One legal analyst, however, is skeptical.
Liberal coalition seeks to put like-minded judges on the bench in Philadelphia’s primary election on Tuesday. Some judges have opposed District Attorney Larry Krasner’s efforts to minimize incarceration.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is on medical leave after he was seen acting erratically at a crime prevention meeting, The surprise announcement came soon after the conviction of ex-police officer Mohamed Noor in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a major victory for Freeman’s office.