One of the most important concepts in the U.S. Constitution, as it relates to criminal justice, is the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Over the past two and a half centuries, concepts of just what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment have evolved. In the latest court decision on the subject, Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled […]
From the AP: Oklahoma’s state senate passed a bill that would make it a felony to perform an abortion. Governor Mary Fallin has until Wednesday to decide if she’ll sign it.
Fresno attorney Warren Paboojian has accused the staff members of Fresno High about having knowledge regarding English teacher Darren Klassen’s illicit sexual affair with an underage student. The victim, identified as L.P., was engaged in sexual abuse and molestation for over two years with Klassen. The affair was said to have started in January 2013 […]
Florida’s new death penalty law is now in doubt after a Monday ruling in which a judge found it to be unconstitutional. The law, known as HB 7101, was enacted in March and requires that 10 out of 12 jurors vote for the death penalty in order to successfully sentence the defendant to death. But, […]
A New York woman could be facing up to a year in jail for violating a restraining order through Facebook tagging, a judge ruled recently. Maria Gonzalez broke her restraining order with a former sister-in-law by tagging her in two separate comments on Facebook. The restraining order had prohibited Gonzalez from making contact in person, […]
Last month, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that drivers who refuse to take a breath or blood test in DUI investigation couldn’t be criminally prosecuted for their refusal. The decision strikes a previous state law that made it a crime to refuse a test, even when there was no warrant calling for the test. Four […]
By Steven Sweat, Esq. A recent Harvard graduate has filed a lawsuit against the University for failing to protect her after being sexually assaulted and for creating a “culture of silence” about sexual assault on the college campus. Alyssa Leader filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court of Massachusetts requesting a jury trial […]