Tag Archive: Constitutional rights

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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Feb 08 2017

Idaho Judge Requires 19 y/o Convicted of Statutory Rape to Remain Celibate Until Married

An Idaho judge has ordered a 19-year-old man not to have sex with anyone before he marries as part of his sentencing for statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl. Judge Randy Stoker sentenced Cody Duane Scott Herrera of Twin Falls to five to 15 years in prison, but he suspended the sentence for a “rider” …

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Jan 29 2017

It Took Trump To Make People Appreciate Lawyers

I love being a lawyer and have loved being a lawyer since I was admitted to practice more than 30 years ago. So, as a lawyer who loves being a lawyer, I have always been somewhat saddened and confused by the general population’s contempt for lawyers. We’ve all heard the numerous lawyer jokes and seen …

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