When a cop lies in court, do trial judges and appellate courts let them get away with it? It appears that in many cases, the answer is yes. Unless it is absolutely proven that the cop was lying, trial judges usually put their rubber stamp on what the cop says. When the case goes up […]
The United States Supreme Court recently held that an attorney’s duty to provide effective assistance of counsel includes the responsibility of providing accurate advice about the immigration consequences of a guilty plea. Providing incorrect legal advice to an immigrant about the deportation consequences of a guilty plea to drug trafficking charges constitutes ineffective assistance of counsel, and can serve as grounds for setting aside a guilty plea. In Alabama, such a petition would be raised under Rule 32 of the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure, which provides Alabama’s method for asserting that a defendant received ineffective assistance of counsel.
Image via Wikipedia Nancy Willard, director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, has published an article on the Center’s website addressing the subject of Sexting and Youth: Achieving a Rational Approach. Among the issues addressed in the article is how children are now being prosecuted for distributing child pornography when they take […]
Yesterday I posted an article about the shockingly high rate of sexual abuse of minors committed by staff members of juvenile detention centers. The overwhelming majority of the cases are incidents of female staff members having sexual contact of various kinds with boys incarcerated in juvenile detention centers. Today I wrote a follow-up to yesterday’s […]
The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report on Thursday indicating a surprisingly high rate of sexual abuse of juvenile inmates. The new study indicates that the rate of sexual abuse in juvenile detention facilities is far higher than previously reported by either the federal government or the states. In some facilities, more than 30 […]
Last year I wrote a series of articles for Examiner.com on the murder of Playboy model Jasmine Fiore. Fiore’s body was found in a trash dumpster burned beyond recognition, and she was identified through her breast implant serial numbers. Her alleged killer, reality tv star Ryan Jenkins, was later found dead in a Canadian motel […]