Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 01-13-20)
No, I’m Not the Court Reporter: Tips for Tackling Implicit Bias. “We hope that by identifying some of the many methods of addressing common instances of bias, attorneys from all backgrounds will be empowered to counteract it in whatever way they feel most comfortable and appropriate.”
F.B.I. Asks Apple to Help Unlock Two iPhones. The request could reignite a fight between the Silicon Valley giant and law enforcement over access to encrypted technology."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She No Longer Has Pancreatic Cancer. "Justice Ginsburg, 86, underwent treatment for a malignant tumor that was discovered after a blood test in July.”
Ohio Man Who Claimed to Be Missing Boy Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft. "Last year Brian Rini told officers he was Timmothy Pitzen, a missing Illinois boy who would now be a teenager. Mr. Rini, 23 at the time, had recently been released from an Ohio prison."
Conviction Integrity in Real Time. “There is one rare law enforcement tactic that, if used more expansively, could bring us closer to ensuring that no innocent person is ever convicted of a crime.”
Ethics and Trial Publicity. “Lawyers in any matter must be aware that they cannot just say whatever they want to the press.”
Guinness Records and Pompoms: An Ohio Town Battles Opioid Image. "How do you change the perception of a town that has been one of the centers of the opioid epidemic? Residents in Portsmouth, Ohio, are doing their best to find out."
Bill Cosby, Citing #MeToo Bias, Files New Appeal. “His lawyers say the Superior Court erred in supporting the trial judge’s decision on issues like allowing testimony from five other accusers.”
Dismantling the SEC’s Federal Court Disgorgement Authority. "Will the Supreme Court finish what it started in ‘Kokesh’?"
Murder conviction overturned for Brooklyn man after 27 years in jail. “A Brooklyn man’s murder conviction was tossed Wednesday, the beginning of what his family considers a happily-ever-after ending to his 27 yearlong prison stint.”
Defense attorney says judge was in the right acquitting 2 murder suspects. "A defense attorney says DeKalb County prosecutors have only themselves to blame for the murder trial that abruptly ended with a judge's not guilty verdict. In a sharply worded order, Judge Shondeana Morris seems to agree saying the state had ample time to locate witnesses and prepare their case after agreeing to the trial date months ago.”
House OKs Bills To Help Ex-Prisoners Start Businesses. "The U.S. House of Representatives has passed two bipartisan bills that would offer entrepreneurship training and mentorship to people leaving federal prisons with the goal of reducing recidivism by helping former inmates gain employment and overcome the stigma of a criminal record."