Two former clerks for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski tell the Washington Post he showed them pornography on his office computer. Other former employees reported inappropriate sexual comments. The judge said it is “regrettable” that some ex-clerks were offended.
The four-year study, by the “Million Dollars Hoods” project at UCLA’s Bunche Center, reports the nearly $194 million actually paid in bond sureties disproportionately affected individuals in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Some 223,000 who couldn’t pay were held before trial.
A series of thought experiments by a team of law and neuroscience experts explore whether a defendant’s claim that he was unaware of committing an offense makes any difference to jurors. What they found, to be published in a forthcoming article for the Vanderbilt Law Review, isn’t good news for the accused.
If a lawyer were present at all police interrogations–including of children under 15—prosecutors could avoid scandals like the two Chicago men who won new trials this month on the grounds of false confessions, and 15 others exonerated after findings of police misconduct, says a juvenile justice advocate.
Virginia Supreme Court removes Judge Kurt Pomrenke for being in touch key witnesses in a pending federal corruption case against his wife. He is only the second state judge in 23 years to be removed by the Supreme Court.
Juries decide fewer than four percent of criminal cases today—and fewer than one percent of civil cases. The widespread use of plea bargaining, which helps prosecutors clear crowded dockets, is the principal reason—but it raises serious constitutional questions, says a University of Illinois College of Law professor.
African-American male offenders receive sentences averaging 19.1 percent longer than white males—a gap that has largely remained unchanged since the U.S. Sentencing Commission began studying the issue in 2010.
Early evidence suggests some risk assessment tools offer promise in rationalizing decisions on granting bail without racial bias. But we still need to monitor how judges actually use the algorithms, says a Boston attorney.