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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 08-31-20)

Want Prosecutorial Reform? Start With Curtailing The Influence Of Police Unions."Removing police union influence from the prosecutor’s office is a critical first step towards building a system that is safe, just, and fair for all."

3 Death Penalty Cases Knocking On The High Court's Door "The only Native American on death row, a man whose trial judge overruled a jury's decision to not sentence him to death and an inmate challenging a drug linked to several botched executions have all this month asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their cases."

Google Not Subject to Geofence Search Warrant for Time Being"A geofence warrant application submitted by officers investigating the theft of prescription drugs to obtain cell phone location information from Google was denied by a federal district court in Illinois."

The Broad Impact of the Supreme Court’s 'Lorenzo' Decision “One year on from the U.S. Supreme Court’s surprising 'Lorenzo' decision, lower courts have embraced both its main holding as well as the decision’s more expansive view of fraud under Rule 10b5.”

U.S. Executes Lezmond Mitchell Over Objections Of The Navajo Nation  "It’s the first time in modern history that the federal government has executed a Native American for a crime committed against another Native American on tribal land, his attorneys say."

Sexual Violence and the New Title IX Rules: Where Do We Go from Here?  "On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of formal Title IX regulations for the first time since 1997."

Faking Your Emotional Support Chicken in Florida Can Now Land You in Jail  "Given the varieties of intensely personal situations necessitating assistance to the disabled, coupled with the sheer array of complex individual circumstances, it’s almost impossible to take a cookie cutter approach to any of them."

Appeals court rules due process rights don't apply to Guantanamo detainees  "The decision from the three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Due Process Clause of the Constitution does not apply to those held at the military base."

He Faced a Criminal Charge for Not Self-Isolating When He Had COVID-19 Symptoms. Prosecutors Just Dropped the Case. "In March, a southern Illinois man who was under isolation orders for showing COVID-19 symptoms entered a busy gas station. An employee recognized him from Facebook. Prosecutors charged him with reckless conduct. Now, the case has been dismissed."

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