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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 1-25-2021)

Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 1-25-21)


Completeness, Consistency—or Neither: Matter Goes to High Court "When a witness is impeached with a prior statement’s inconsistencies or omissions, does that entitle the proponent to introduce the entire remainder of the impeaching statement? How is this to be managed if there were only two or three impeaching points, and the statement itself ran for over 40 pages and had material not testified to on direct?"


Will Bringing Science Back to the White House Reinvigorate Forensics Reform? "Eric Lander, Biden’s pick for top science adviser, co-authored a damning report on the faulty forensic practices behind hundreds of wrongful convictions."


After 2 Black Men Are Killed By Police, Columbus Demands A Reckoning "In December, the Ohio city saw two separate incidents where white law officers shot and killed Black men. The cases are forcing a significant search for answers."


Woman Is Sentenced to 43 Years for Criticizing Thai Monarchy "Lawyers said it was the longest sentence yet for violating Thailand’s notoriously harsh lèse-majesté law."


Applying for SBA COVID-19 relief with a criminal record in 2021 "Last month, Congress authorized additional COVID-19 financial relief for small businesses and nonprofits, now available through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA's two primary programs for COVID-19 financial relief are the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides forgivable loans to small businesses and nonprofits to help keep their staff employed during the crisis; and the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides advances and loans to small businesses and nonprofits that experience a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19."


Bar Association Leaders Lead Latest Demand to Discipline Giuliani for Post-Election Conduct "With the latest complaint to the Attorney Grievance Committee, pressure is mounting to revoke the former New York City mayor's license to practice law in the wake of his litigation and public advocacy to overturn election results."


A Beginner's Guide to How the U.S. Prison System Actually Works “If you’re fairly new to this topic, it can feel overwhelming—so here are some podcasts, books, and documentaries to start with.”


An old arrest can follow you forever online. Some newspapers want to fix that. "The Boston Globe has joined a handful of newsrooms around the country doing something once unthinkable: changing old articles because they are ruining a person’s life. The newspaper on Friday launched its Fresh Start initiative, which allows people to petition to have information about them removed from or added to old stories, to have their names anonymized, or to have the stories delisted from Google searches. The Globe will prioritize stories involving minor crimes and those from long ago, but will also consider ones about 'embarrassing' noncriminal behavior."

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