Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 01-06-20)
The 7 big Supreme Court cases to watch in 2020. "The Supreme Court will hear a slate of highly charged disputes when the justices return to the bench in the new year and resume one of the most politically volatile terms in recent memory."
Driving Under the Influence and Prescription Drugs. "When it comes to the operation of a motor vehicle while impaired where the sole intoxicant is prescription medication, the waters quickly get murky."
Judges Are a Check Against 'False Information'. "'The public’s need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital,' Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said in his annual year-end report on the federal judiciary."
‘Hate Crime’ Is Only a Step Away From Thoughtcrime. "Punishing people, even criminals, for ideas is inimical to the American tradition of free speech."
Where We’ve Been And Where We’re Going In Criminal Law. By Toni Messina, “The prosecution’s thumb on the scales of justice is slowly being lifted.”
Appeals Court Clears Way for Felony Charges in Fraternity Death. "Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity members Anthony Petagine, Luke Kluttz and Anthony Oppenheimer were charged in the death of Andrew Coffey, a pledge who died in 2017 after drinking a large bottle of bourbon during a party."
Stop abbreviating 2020. Police say it leaves you open to fraud and could cost you big. "The new year is giving scammers an easy way to forge documents, but you can protect yourself with an easy New Year's resolution: Stop abbreviating the year. Why? This year's abbreviation is easily changeable and could be used against you. The concern is that scammers could easily manipulate a document dated '1/1/20' into '1/1/2000' or even '1/1/2021.'"