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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 08-03-20)

Michael Avenatti is broke, likely will need public defender: documents "Michael Avenatti is unable to pay his attorneys and will likely hire a public defender to fight allegations he stole money from porn star Stormy Daniels, a new court filing revealed Monday."


The Defund Movement Aims To Change The Policing And Prosecution Of Domestic Violence "Though domestic violence is often cited as a reason to maintain the carceral status quo, advocates say there are more humane—and effective—alternatives."


Prosecutors Struggle to Resume Guantánamo Trials "The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the military to consider creating a quarantine zone at the court compound to allow proceedings to continue in the case of the alleged 9/11 plotters."


Behind closed doors during one of John Roberts' most surprising years on the Supreme Court "New details obtained by CNN reveal how Roberts maneuvered on controversial cases in the justices' private sessions, at times defying expectations as he sided with liberal justices. Roberts exerted unprecedented control over cases and the court's internal operations, especially after the nine were forced to work in isolation because of Covid-19."


California Tees Up Privacy Clash With DEA Over Cannabis License Records “The case appears to be one of the first clashes between the California cannabis agency and federal agents over access to license-related records.”


Prosecutors Condemn ‘Myopic’ Approach to Punishment "Interviews with 22 district and state’s attorneys from smaller jurisdictions indicates a willingness to step outside their traditional roles to look for alternatives to incarceration."


Homeland Security seized $2 billion from travelers, but most were never charged with a crime, report says "More than $2 billion was taken from travelers at the nation’s airports by the CBP and other agencies now associated with the Department of Homeland Security between 2000 and 2016, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of a government database of every seizure."


Homeland Security Shuts Down ‘Intelligence’ Reports on Journalists "The acting secretary of homeland security said that he would investigate his department’s dissemination of the tweets of journalists who uncovered agency documents."


Arrests Over Illicit Party Boat With 170 Guests Cruising Around N.Y.C. "It was yet another symbol of reckless socializing during the pandemic: The Liberty Belle was dinged for violating distancing rules, and its owners were accused of running an unlicensed bar, the authorities said."

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