Category: Criminal Law

Criminal defense lawyers represent clients accused of crimes. Their public counterparts are the prosecutors and district attorneys who represent the interests of the state in the prosecution of those accused of crimes. Both types of criminal lawyers deal with fundamental issues of the law and personal liberty. They defend many of the basic rights considered crucial to the preservation of a free and just society.

Rory Little has this post at SCOTUSblog on yesterday's argument in City of Hays v. Vogt.  The case involves the use at a preliminary proceeding, not a ...

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The commenter registration system has been turned off for the time being.  Our creaky old blog software is causing problems, and I do not presently have ...

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Deincarceration California Style:  As has been noted many times on this blog, most serious and violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders.  ...

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Rafael Mangual of the Manhattan Institute has this article in the City Journal:Last November, a deranged 26-year-old man, Devin Patrick Kelley, opened fire on ...

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The U.S. Supreme Court today decided Murphy v. Smith, No. 16-1067:This is a case about how much prevailing prisoners must pay their lawyers. When a prisoner ...

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The U.S. Supreme Court today decided Class v. United States, No. 16-424:Does a guilty plea bar a criminal defendant from later appealing his conviction on the ...

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Lies Fueling Debate on CA Bail Reform:  Last year, the California Senate passed an ACLU-sponsored bill (SB10) which would have essentially eliminated ...

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I previously noted here and here the controversy over an op-ed by professors Amy Wax and Larry Alexander.  In Saturday's WSJ, Professor Wax has an article ...

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The New York Times is a wonderfully reliable mouthpiece for the interests of criminals, drug pushers in particular, and it does not disappoint in yesterday's ...

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Judges are given considerable leeway in sentencing.  No serious person thinks this is a bad idea.  The question subject to debate, at least in ...

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