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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 07-13-20)

Secret Electronic Surveillance Records Must Be Released, DC Circuit Rules "'Precluding public access because of the personnel-hours required to produce those records is no more warranted than precluding public access to high-profile trials because of the costs of crowd control,' the court ruled.")

Hacker Streams Porn Into Florida Court Hearing by Infiltrating Zoom "An intruder marred the court proceedings."

Justice Department Plows Ahead With Execution Plan Next Week "The Justice Department is plowing ahead with its plan to resume federal executions next week for the first time in more than 15 years, despite the coronavirus pandemic raging both inside and outside prisons and stagnating national support for the death penalty."

Want to Reform the Criminal Justice System? Focus on Prosecutors "As the nation’s attention is focused on the need to transform policing, prosecutors must acknowledge that they too have a role to play.  We have already seen the beginnings of a movement for prosecutorial reform across the country."

Reporter Wins Appeal to Force Release of Surveillance Orders "Electronic surveillance orders and related filings in closed federal investigations are subject to common law rights of public access, no matter how heavy the administrative burden may be, the District of Columbia Circuit court ruled Tuesday, reversing a lower court ruling."

The hidden trackers in your phone, explained "How covert code enables your phone’s apps to spy on you."

Contract public defenders in this state make about $5 per hour after overhead, new study says "Contract public defenders in Indiana who earn median pay make only about $5.16 per hour after covering overhead expenses, according to a June study by the Indiana Public Defender Commission."

Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Native American Rights in Oklahoma "A 5-4 decision declaring that much of eastern Oklahoma is an Indian reservation could reshape criminal justice in the area by preventing state authorities from prosecuting Native Americans."

A new generation challenges the heartland  "Big changes in small towns are fueling a racial justice movement across the Midwest."

Federal court in St. Louis to start jury trials, with coronavirus precautions in place "Jurors will deliberate in an empty courtroom rather than their jury room, Perry said. Many of the modifications parallel those recommended June 4 by a task force of judges and federal officials from around the country, the same day a report by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers said 'court proceedings, especially jury trials, present a grave risk to all participants, including the public which has a fundamental right to attend.'")

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