>School Strip Search

Posted on April 21, 2009 by Joseph

>Today the United States Supreme court will hear the school strip search case, Redding v. Safford Unified School Dist. No. 1, 531 F.3d 1071 (9th Cir. 2008). If the Supreme Court sides with the school district, it will open the door to consequence-free human rights violations by teachers and administrators nationwide. This is not rocket […]

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>Ted Stevens Case

Posted on April 9, 2009 by Joseph

>   While Ted Stevens may be a scum bag, AG Holder did the right thing when he dropped charges against him due to prosecutorial misconduct. Ted “the internet is a series of tubes” Stevens was a US Senator between 1968 and 2009. He was charged with corruption last year, which many believe is the […]

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>Let Judges Decide

Posted on April 7, 2009 by Joseph

> The legislature should revise the suspended sentence statute (G. L. c. 279, § 3) to give judges greater discretion in resolving probationary matters. When a defendant violates probation, and the alleged violation took place when the client was free on a suspended sentence, judges lack the discretion to impose common-sense resolutions. The case of […]

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>On Mumia

Posted on April 6, 2009 by Joseph

>While many say, “Free Mumia,” I argue, “Spare Mumia’s Life.” Mumia Abu Jamal is a former Black Panther who was convicted of the 1983 slaying of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. “Free Mumia” has been the rallying cry for left wing and anti-death penalty activists who think that his trial was unfair. The U.S. Supreme […]

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>Object during closing?

Posted on April 2, 2009 by Joseph

> A Massachusetts Appeals Court decision, which was just denied further appellate review, Commonwealth v. Rosa, 73 Mass. App. Ct. 540 (2009), reminds us that sometimes criminal defense attorneys need to object during the prosecution’s closing argument. Traditionally, trial lawyers refrain from objecting during their opponent’s closing argument. I can think of two reasons for […]

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