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$6.375 Million to Exonerated Former Prisoner

By Christopher Zoukis

A man who was wrongfully convicted of rape and attempted armed robbery agreed in August 2013 to accept $6.375 million to settle his claim that he was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for over a decade.

Larry Gillard was convicted of the heinous crimes in 1982. DNA ...

$1.5 Million to Cali. Phlebotomist for Sexual Harassment Suit Against Supervising Police Officer

By Christopher Zoukis

An Oceanside, California woman who provided phlebotomy services to the Oceanside Police Department for three months in 2008 was awarded $1.5 million on April 17, 2013. The jury award was for damages caused by the sexual harassment she suffered while on the job.

Kimberli Hirst worked ...

Absurd, Abusive, and Outrageous: The Creation of Crime and Criminals in America

by Christopher Zoukis

The U.S. is a world leader in the jailing and imprisoning of its own citizens. The FBI estimates that local, state, and federal authorities have carried out more than a quarter-billion arrests in the past 20 years. As a result, the American criminal justice system is ...

Fourth Circuit Holds Supervised Release Revocation Sentence Unreasonable

by Christopher Zoukis

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that a supervised release revocation sentence was plainly unreasonable. The Court concluded that it was not reasonable for a district court to fail to address nonfrivolous arguments advanced by a defendant arguing for a particular revocation ...

Georgia Supreme Court Rules Flipping the Bird Is Not Disorderly Conduct

by Christopher Zoukis

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled on October 2, 2017 that a raised middle finger, without more, amounts to constitutionally protected speech that cannot be grounds for a finding of criminal disorderly conduct.

David Freeman attended a church service at the Flowery Branch campus of the 12 Stones ...

New Study: “Broken Windows” Policing May Not Be as Effective as Thought

by Christopher Zoukis

A study published in the scholarly journal Nature Human Behavior has established a connection between proactive policing and crime. But it is not the connection that proponents of proactive policing may have expected. The authors of the study found that temporary cessation of proactive policing actually led ...

Mass. Supreme Court: Field Sobriety Tests Inadmissible Re: Marijuana

by Christopher Zoukis

The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that field sobriety tests (“FSTs”) may not be used as definitive evidence of impairment in cases involving allegations of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. The Court also ruled that FSTs are admissible as contemporaneous observations of the ...

Georgia Supreme Court Tosses DUI Conviction Based on Officer’s Testimony of Impairment

by Christopher Zoukis

The Georgia Supreme Court sent a message to prosecutors in an October 2, 2017 opinion: A police officer’s testimony as to a defendant’s performance on a horizontal gaze nystagmus (“HGN”) test cannot, by itself, establish a numeric blood alcohol content level.

The HGN test is one of ...

Nevada Supreme Court: Mistrial Due to Egregious and Improper Conduct by Prosecutor Bars Retrial

by Christopher Zoukis

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled on September 14, 2017 that double jeopardy bars retrial of a criminal defendant when a prosecutor intentionally engages in egregious and improper conduct that causes prejudice to the defendant which cannot be cured by means short of a mistrial.

The case before ...

Colorado Supreme Court Rules That Criminal Trespass Is a Lesser Included Offense of Burglary

by Christopher Zoukis

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on September 11, 2017 that the crime of unlawful sexual contact is a lesser included offense of sexual assault, meaning the two must merge.

This was the second case dealing with lesser included offenses decided by the Supreme Court on the same ...




 

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