Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 02-03-20)
Game of Phones. "In a prison where 200 men share eight phones, making back-to-back calls is like challenging the guy behind you to a duel."
Supreme Court Asked To Tell Cops That Consenting To A Search Is Not Consenting To Having Your Home Destroyed. "Five years ago, an Idaho police department destroyed a woman's house to end a standoff with her dog. The Caldwell PD -- after having been given permission (along with a house key) to enter the home to see if a suspect was in the home -- decided this meant the Shaniz West had given them permission to fire grenade after tear gas grenade into the house before sending in the SWAT team to confront the family dog.”
Will the SEC Lose Its Teeth?: The Consequences Of Wielding Disgorgement As A Penalty. “Disgorgement has long been one of the Security and Exchange Commission's most powerful enforcement tools.”
Federal Judge Refuses To Approve Deal Reducing Missouri Public Defender Workloads. "A federal judge has refused to sign off on a deal that would cap the number of cases Missouri’s public defenders are allowed to handle."
An ER doctor was charged with abusing his baby. But 15 medical experts say there's no proof. “After a physician worried he’d hurt his baby, his own hospital reported abuse. Now fellow doctors are raising concerns about an ‘out of control’ system.”
Agency: A New Frontier for FCPA Jurisdiction. “The 'Hoskins' case highlighted the manner by which the DOJ (and the SEC, which has civil enforcement jurisdiction under the FCPA) can harness the common-law doctrine of agency to expand the reach of the statute.”
Five Jurists Said Donnie Lance Deserved A New Sentence. Georgia Executed Him Anyway. "Three Supreme Court justices and others said competent counsel could have saved his life."
A rape kit that sat untested for decades just exonerated a wrongfully convicted man. "Ruiz, 60, walked out of a New York courthouse Tuesday with the stain of his conviction formally wiped clean. To celebrate, he told the Innocence Project that he might do a little dance."