Why would defendants plead guilty to a crime they haven’t committed? Often it’s to ensure fairer and more responsive treatment at the hands of a justice system that otherwise offers them few other options, says Rutgers University law professor Thea Johnson.
Proposed rule changes would also separately allow gag orders to be applied more broadly to witnesses. Critics charge it would be a “significant expansion of secrecy” around federal courts and investigations.
A study published by Loyola University Chicago found that 72 percent of all arrests and convictions in Illinois for firearm-related offenses over the past decade have been for illegal firearm possession. Upon release from prison, only seven percent of people serving time for this offense were arrested for a violent crime involving a firearm within three years of their release.
While judges and discipline panels probe lawyers who may have shirked their duties while working in the Donald Trump administration, other members of the legal field say that the entire profession is in need of greater scrutiny and standards.
The courts have made social media a “First Amendment-free zone” where people — particularly students — face outsize repercussions for contextless and humorous statements, argues a University of Florida journalism professor.
A Kansas woman utilized an 1887 state law in order to convene her own grand jury of citizens after prosecutors in the state refused to bring rape charges against a man she said assaulted her in college.
Two constitutional law experts argue that in the unlikely event of a prosecution―and conviction―of former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. capitol, he would not be prevented from serving a second term.