The failure of the Donald Trump campaign to reverse the election results testifies to the strength of a court system that doesn’t succumb to political pressure. But the blizzard of questionable lawsuits filed by Trump lawyers this month demonstrates the need for continued vigilance, writes a former district attorney.
The victories of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who won her bid for re-election, George Gascon in Los Angeles and Jose Garza in Austin, Tx., reflected slow but steady support for prosecutors bent on changing the “tough on crime” approach that has driven mass incarceration. But they still represent a small percentage of prosecutors.
According to a new Pretrial Justice Institute report, extensive data prove that risk assessment instruments (RAIs) used on individuals seeking release pretrial are inherently flawed. They don’t accurately predict flight risk or violent crime offense risk, and are making assessments with biased data.
The Allegheny County Jail says its ban on print books from the outside, announced this week, was adopted for “security” reasons. Inmates will have to read new books on electronic tablets, but there are only 263 books, including 49 religious titles, available in the facility’s digital library.
In a Texas federal courthouse, at least 13 people involved in a trial tested positive for COVID-19. The court declared a mistrial. In the Eastern District of Arkansas, almost 100 people requested to be excused from jury duty in October and November for virus-related reasons.
It is occurring on Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic, so none of the victims or their survivors can come face-to-face with the killer. The defendant, now 28, has pleaded not criminally responsible.
No one should be sent back to prison for a “technical” violation of the terms of probation and parole, a bipartisan group of over 50 current and former District Attorneys and state Attorneys General declared Thursday as part of a statement calling for a fundamental transformation of community supervision in the U.S.
Prosecutors declined to pursue many cases because the protesters were exercising basic civil rights. Cases involving free speech or free assembly rarely succeed in court, and the pandemic played a role.