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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 09-28-20)

State of Oklahoma vs. Karl Fontenot "Karl Fontenot was convicted for the 1984 murder of Denice Harraway in Ada, Oklahoma. In 2018 Netflix released the documentary ‘The Innocent Man’ based on John Grisham’s only nonfiction book that detailed the crime and, further, the corruption in Ada. One year after the doc’s premiere, Karl was released on bond. Currently, his fate rests in the hands of the prosecutor who has yet to declare whether or not he intends to retry Karl. If Karl loses in a retrial, he will be sent back to prison. Barry Scheck, the co-founder of the Innocence Project [and NACDL past president and life member], John Grisham, and journalist A.C. Shilton, discuss the false confession that landed Karl in prison and his eventual release after 35 years."

Judge Refers Prosecutors For Possible DOJ Investigation In Rebuke Over Botched Case "Prosecutors in New York have some required reading to do: a scathing opinion from a federal judge who identified a stream of mistakes and misconduct in a prosecution gone bad."

Warning of Damage to Separation of Powers, DC Circuit Revives House's Border Wall Lawsuit "'The executive branch has, in a word, snatched the House’s key out of its hands. That is the injury over which the House is suing,' the court ruled."

Disciplinary Hearings Begin For Ex-Prosecutors Accused Of Withholding Evidence In Farak Drug Lab Scandal "The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers begins disciplinary hearings Monday for three former state assistant attorneys general accused of not disclosing evidence during a drug lab scandal."

'Highly Qualified' or a 'Tainted Nomination': Amy Coney Barrett's Nomination Divides Legal Community "Supporters noted Barrett would bring strong intellectual credentials to the high court, while opponents fear she may lean too far to the right."

Charges against Patriots’ Robert Kraft dropped in Florida after ruling on video evidence “But last month, a Florida appeals court ruled that the video of Kraft would be inadmissible at trial, confirming a lower-court ruling that the ‘sneak and peak’ search warrant used to obtain the footage violated the fourth-amendment rights of Kraft and others caught up in the sting.”

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