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Double Jeopardy, Sanctuary Cities, and the Kate Steinle Case

The feds want to prosecute José Garcia Zarate after he was already acquitted in a California court on a murder charge in the Steinle shooting, to underline their hardline immigration policies. But the Court, which is considering another case involving Fifth Amendment protections against double jeopardy, may have the ultimate say.

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Criminal Probe Sought On Clinton Email Account; Times Changes Story

The New York Times made significant changes to an exclusive report about a potential criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s State Department email account last night after the Clinton campaign complained about the story, Politico reports. The paper initially reported that two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation “into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state.” The clause that cast Clinton as the […]


Report: Supreme Court Justices Get Free Travel

Every member of the U.S. Supreme Court received free travel in 2014, according to a report by Reity O’Brien, a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity. The news site compiled financial disclosures detailing “the stock holdings, travel, spousal income, gifts and debts of the nine Supreme Court justices (which) show the many ways that the judges can pad their finances.” The site found that, through investments, most justice are millionaires, and all nine were paid to travel. Six of […]


Key Expert in Supreme Court Lethal Injection Case Did His Research on

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the highest-profile death penalty challenge in seven years, and the justices will began to consider this question: Does Oklahoma's use of the common surgical sedative midazolam fail to make prisoners unconscious during lethal injections, thus violating the Eighth Amendment's protection against “cruel and unusual punishment”? For many court watchers, however, a subject of special scrutiny is the credibility of Oklahoma’s key expert witness, Dr. Roswell Lee Evans, who has testified that inmates […]


2015 H.F. Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America

Can We All Get Along? The question posed by Rodney King over a decade ago in the wake of the Los Angeles riots is still, unfortunately, at the top of the nation's agenda in the wake of the deaths of unarmed young man at the hands of police over the past year. It was the central question of the 2015 Harry Frank Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America, held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Feb 9-10, 2015, […]


AL Ruling Hints at High Court Leanings on Gay Marriage

A blistering dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas to a 7-2 Supreme Court decision not to delay same-sex marriage in Alabama offers the strongest signal yet that gay rights advocates are likely to prevail when the marriage issue is considered by the court this spring, reports the New York Times. Thomas criticized his fellow justices for looking “the other way” as another federal court pushes aside state laws, rather than taking the customary course of leaving the laws in place until […]


Supreme Court’s ‘Orders Docket’ Leaves Public in Dark

William Baude, a University of Chicago law professor, says it is time to cast a light on the U.S. Supreme Court’s secretive “orders docket,” a crucial part of the court’s work that most people don’t know anything about. Writing in the New York Times, Baude explains that work at the Supreme Court is divided into two main categories. One group includes the 70-some cases each year that the court selects for extensive briefing, oral argument and a substantial written opinions. […]


Lynch, Up for Confirmation This Week, Spoke Of “Defining” Work In Rwanda

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch of Brooklyn, whose nomination as Attorney General goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, had a formative experience as a legal advisor to the International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda that gave her a global perspective that sets her apart from most who have held the top U.S. law enforcement job, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lynch traveled repeatedly to Africa over six years, helping to train inexperienced lawyers serving at the United Nations-established court who […]