Category Archive: Criminal Law

May 26 2017

Recent Philly Exoneration Case Reads Like Textbook on Wrongful Conviction

Shaurn Thomas’ conviction for murder was overturned this week after he served 24 years in jail after Philadelphia prosecutors asked a court to vacate the conviction in the interests of justice. as I was reading about the case in the article in today’s NY Times I was struck by how the case mirrors so many …

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Mar 14 2017

Attempted Murder of a Mannequin? Only in Vegas!

Can you be found guilty of attempted murder if the victim is a mannequin? A Nevada judge will soon have to decide this question in the case of Shane Allen Schindler. Schindler is accused of using a hammer to attack and repeatedly hit a mannequin laying under a blanket on a Las Vegas street. At …

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Mar 06 2017

SCOTUS Changes Face of Criminal Trials With New Decision About Jurors and Race

The Supreme Court threw open the normally tightly-sealed doors of the jury room in overturning the conviction of Miguel Pena-Rodriguez in the case of Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado. In a 5-3 decision written by Justice Kennedy, the Court ruled that a juror’s racial basis in the jury room – which was only revealed to the public …

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Feb 23 2017

New Deportation Rules Could Lead to More Criminal Trials

The Trump administration announced earlier this week new directives on deportation of undocumented immigrants, unleashing the full force and fury of the Federal government to find, arrest and deport aliens who have been convicted of all levels of crime. While the Obama administration has deported more undocumented immigrants than previous administrations, it has only deported …

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