Mohamed Noor, who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home, has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison — the most the judge could impose but less than half the 12½ years he was sentenced to for his murder conviction that was overturned last month.
Progressive DAs around the country have said they simply won’t enforce many state laws driven by the right-wing GOP base, using their discretion as a weapon that goes both ways. Now, some worry that many are “playing politics” for reelection.
Following two cases concerning corrections officers accused of mistreating prisoners, in which one prisoner was kept in unsanitary conditions and the other was assaulted for no reason, the Court suggested that some cases are so egregious that no precedent was necessary to allow a plaintiff to sue.
ByDiana Becton, John Creuzot and Miriam Aroni Krinsky |
Traditionally, presidents have picked former prosecutors and corporate lawyers for top judgeships. President Biden has changed the trajectory, with a record 17 appointments of public defenders to the federal judiciary so far. If we want a more well-rounded system, he shouldn’t stop there, write three leaders in the prosecution reform movement.
While the #MeToo movement has had an enormous cultural impact, prosecuting sexual assault cases far from Hollywood leaves too many victims feeling unheard, discriminated against, and bereft of justice, a webinar on the justice system’s response to crimes of sexual violence was told this week.
The justices lack legal experience with women’s rights, racial rights, disability rights, immigration, environmental law, or criminal defense “outside of perhaps some white collar work,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
However much it may rankle them, prosecutors can’t do justice alone. Defense attorneys limit the excessive harms the criminal system could inadvertently inflict. So why shouldn’t they collaborate? asks TCR’s legal affairs columnist.