Currently, the Sixth Amendment’s “Confrontation Clause” only allows defendants to question testimony against them at the trial stage. But a law professor argues that in a system where 97 percent of cases are resolved by plea bargaining, the limitation amounts to a denial of justice.
The new criminal justice reform law offers several pathways to freedom in drug cases. But Congress didn’t make the process easy, according to a lawyer who chronicles the uphill—and so far unsuccessful—efforts of one inmate to win his release.
This spring, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspended time limits on post-conviction appeals filed by prisoners, citing the special circumstances of the pandemic. Now it’s up to the state supreme court to decide whether that included cases concluded before the outbreak—and the outlook is uncertain, writes a Washington state inmate.
Too many individuals trapped in the justice system are mislabeled as “violent,” even when their behavior doesn’t merit being treated as dangerous, writes a Wisconsin law professor. Would rethinking those labels change the punitive approach that fosters high recidivism?
In what is already one of the most litigious election years in U.S. history, federal lawsuits alleging violations of voters’ civil rights in the wake of election contests between February and August have soared by 82 percent over the same period in 2016, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
When two young men escaped from a Washington State courtroom two years ago, in full view of a video camera, one received a six-month sentence and the other got six years. The disparate punishments are one more reason to apply common sense to U.S. sentencing practices, writes a best-selling author.
An entire industry of bounty hunters to reunite parents with children taken to foreign countries by estranged partners has blossomed in an ethical and legal gray area inspired by frustrations over the workings of a 40-year-old international treaty.
The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit concerned a man who told his lawyers, referring to a federal judge, “You don’t know the 50 different ways I planned to kill her.”
An anti-terrorism measure passed by Congress in 1996 to block some defendants seeking to overturn their convictions has proved as fatal as the maneuver used against George Floyd, writes a Texas inmate. It’s called the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act.
Could the robot driving your car become a witness against you? The growing sophistication of artificial intelligence tools poses special challenges about how to use the evidence they provide in criminal trials, according to a Swiss law professor.