Critics filed nearly 95,000 signatures seeking the recall of Judge Aaron Persky, a former prosecutor who has been on the bench since 2003. In 2016, he sentenced swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, a punishment critics considered too lenient.
E. Richard Webber, a federal judge in St. Louis, speaks out about sentencing, mass incarceration and the flaws of what he calls a justice system that sends “an endless line of African-American men to prison.”
An investigation led by Human Rights Watch reveals that US federal law enforcement regularly conceals how evidence is obtained, sometimes illegally, through a common practice called “parallel construction.”
Government lawyers argued at the Supreme Court that police should be able to search vehicles parked on private property or rented cars driven by people not listed on the rental agreement without a warrant or probable cause. The justices weren’t so sure.
Author Mark Pendergrast claims the former Penn State defensive football coach was a victim of “media frenzy” and a distorted use of repressed memory which led to his conviction for child sex abuse. In a conversation with TCR about his new book, he explains why he believes Sandusky should get a new trial.
A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the Nevada standoff case involving rancher Cliven Bundy and other defendants, finding that the federal government improperly withheld evidence. Bundy, his two sons, and a co-defendant face a new trial early next year.
Member of an all-white jury in the murder case of Darrell Jones said two jurors told her they thought the defendant was guilty because he was black. Judge cites Massachusetts’ “long, sad history of racial bias that persists today.”
Matthew Petersen, a Trump administration federal judge nominee, withdrew after he was unable to answer basic questions during his confirmation hearing about the courtroom process, showed little familiarity with federal trial rules and acknowledged that he had never prosecuted or defended a case, The nomination proved to be an embarrassment for the White House.
Alex Kozinski, the powerful judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit who was facing a judicial investigation over allegations that he subjected 15 women to inappropriate sexual behavior, retired on Monday.
The White House drops two nominees for the federal courts after Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley objects. The White House stands by another nominee who couldn’t answer questions at a hearing about basic legal terms.