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Study Details the Effect of Brain Scan Evidence on Sentencing

by Anthony Accurso

A new study shows that neurobiological evidence (brain scans) used at sentencing may reduce the amount of prison time prescribed at sentencing but may conversely also increase the amount of prescribed involuntary hospitalization. 

This study performed by researchers at Georgia State University used controlled surveys of ...

Fourth Circuit: Cannot Substitute Career Offender Predicate on Collateral Review

by Anthony Accurso

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed a district court’s denial of a defendant’s § 2255 motion, holding the lower court committed clear error when it rejected defendant’s claim that his attorney’s failure to challenge a prior drug conviction for use as a career ...

Court Reporters Likely Fail to Accurately Transcribe Testimony for Speakers of ‘African American English’

by Anthony Accurso 

A recent article draws attention to a pioneering study that concludes court reporters exhibit low proficiency with African American English (“AAE”), and that the problem results in a systemic deprivation of the most basic rights in the criminal justice system. 

Rachel Jeantel was a ...

Kansas Supreme Court Overturns Sentence for Vindictiveness

by Anthony Accurso

The Supreme Court of Kansas overturned a decision of the Court of Appeals and vacated the defendant’s sentence because the district court’s only reason for lengthening his sentence on remand was defendant’s successful appeal. 

Wyatt G. Brown pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated sodomy ...

First Circuit Vacates Revocation Sentence for Improperly Considering Rehabilitation

by Anthony Accurso

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated and remanded the revocation sentence of Adrián Vázquez-Méndez because the sentencing judge likely extended the sentence for the purposes of rehabilitation. 

In 2001, Vázquez-Méndez pleaded guilty in a federal district court in Puerto Rico to one ...



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