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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 03-09-20)

Digging Deep: Practical Tips To ‘Bury’ an Expert Witness on Cross-Examination. "This list will serve as a practical starting point to begin developing creative points for an effective cross-examination of the other side’s expert."

The Importance of ‘Particulars’ in Criminal Fraud Cases. "In their White-Collar Crime column, Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan Sack discuss the standard for ordering a bill of particulars in the Second Circuit, drawing a comparison with the standard for civil fraud claims. They then describe a recent decision that highlights the importance of seeking bills of particulars in fraud cases."

High Court Takes New Case on Sentencing for Career Criminals. "The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether crimes involving recklessness trigger a sentencing enhancement under a much-scrutinized law that gives harsher penalties to felons caught in possession of firearms.”

A Pennsylvania county fired its two top public defenders for doing their jobs. "Public defenders are on the front lines of the criminal justice system. No one gets a better view of the day-to-day problems in the country’s courts. While much has been said (but less has been done) about the funding crisis in indigent defense services, it’s also vital that public defender offices be free from political pressure."

Justice In America Episode 22: Probation And Parole. "About 2.3 million people are incarcerated in America, but about 6.7 million people are under some form of correctional control. The difference between these two numbers is due to the 4.5 million adults under community supervision, almost twice the number of people who are incarcerated. The two most common types of community supervision? Parole and probation."

Sixth Circuit Pulls Class Status for Jailed Ohio Voters. "A Sixth Circuit panel decertified a class of Ohio voters incarcerated shortly before Election Day, ruling Tuesday that the state can handle their absentee ballots differently than those received from hospital-bound voters."

New program for people coming out of foster care and juvenile justice system. "According to experts, there are dozens of young people in the Toledo area who come out of the juvenile justice or foster care systems at any given time with no place to go. This program is part of the effort to help change that."

Not Just Women’s Troubles: Why the Entire Legal Profession Should Care About Gender Discrimination. “'Here we are in 2020, and it still goes on,' said Justice Teri Jackson, the first African American woman on California’s First District Court of Appeal, at an Association of Business Trial Lawyers event in San Francisco on Tuesday."

Innocence Project Works To Free The 'Wrongfully Convicted'. "Since 1992, the Innocence Project has worked diligently to free wrongfully convicted prisoners by using DNA testing. It also advocates for changing the criminal legal system to prevent false convictions in the future."

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