Judge Jack Weinstein of Brooklyn suggested that giving a jury the question of whether the police department has permitted widespread police perjury could prompt important reforms. “It may indicate the need for more careful tracking of individual police officer’s litigation history and a more effective discipline policy to avoid repeated lying by a number of officers,” he said.
ProPublica found seven factual errors in high court rulings of recent years. One of them involved a criminal case in which Justice Elena Kagan misstated a fact about certification of drug-sniffing dogs.
Although appellate courts can’t know whether a defendant is actually innocent, they can—or should—know when a trial is unfair. Unfortunately, says a New York attorney who writes under the pseudonym “Appellate Squawk,” most are simply rubber stamps for miscarriages of justice in lower courts.
President Trump has nominated 50 candidates to lifetime appointments to the federal bench — including a man who asserted transgender children were evidence of “Satan’s plan,” one deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association and a handful of prolific bloggers.
The federal government had sought a sweeping warrant for records from web hosting firm DreamHost of all visitors to the website, DisruptJ20.org, even those not suspected of committing a crime. Judge Robert Morin said prosecutors do “not have the right to rummage through the information contained on DreamHost’s website…”
A federal judge delayed the trial of Ryan Payne, a Montana militiaman who is accused of weapons charges and conspiring against the U.S. government, by more than two weeks because of the Las Vegas shooting.
If the defendant wants help to kick heroin or opioids, Judge Craig Hannah and his team hit “pause” on the criminal charges to get the person into treatment fast, often within hours or the next morning.
Federal judge Susan Bolton in Phoenix called criminal contempt “an offense against the United States,” and said that former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will “escape punishment for his willful violation” of a court order. Bolton had no choice but to validate Arpaio’s Aug. 25 pardon by President Trump and throw out the finding of guilt in his criminal contempt case.