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After Ohio Becomes 24th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana, What Next?

by Jordan Arizmendi

Back on November 7, Ohio voters supported Issue 2, which legalized the sale, purchase and possession of cannabis for Ohioans 21 and older. However, it appeared on the ballot as an initiated statute, which means state lawmakers have the final say on what the recreational marijuana law ...

Jesse Johnson: 194th Person Exonerated While on Death Row

by Jordan Arizmendi

Twenty-five years after Jesse Johnson, 62, was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death, in September, he became the 194th person to be exonerated while on Death Row.

In 1998, Harriet Thompson was stabbed to death at her home in Oregon. Patricia Hubbard, a witness across the street, ...

Chicago Cop Lied So Many Times Under Oath That Prosecutors Are Dismissing Cases That Relied on His Testimony

by Jordan Arizmendi

As an old and wise theologian once said, “A half-truth is a whole lie.” If we are to take those words to heart, then what should we call 44 sworn testimonies of a police officer that were all 100% lies? Prosecutors in Chicago have dropped 15 cases ...

Report Finds Effective Text Message Reminders Can Reduce Community Supervision Violations

by Jordan Arizmendi

Once upon a time, parole and probation – also referred to as community supervision – were intended to reduce our nation’s jail and prison populations. In fact, when used properly, community supervision can be one of the most effective tools in our carceral system for reducing mass ...

New York Court Rules Police Allowed to Use Familial DNA Searches

by Jordan Arizmendi

In 2022, a New York court barred law enforcement from using familial DNA searches (“FDS”). According to the court, the state’s regulations for FDS were invalid because they first needed to be approved by the state legislature.

However, on October 24, 2023, the New York Court of Appeals (the ...

New Jersey Takes First Steps in Eliminating Public Defender Fees

by Jordan Arizmendi

Although advocates say there is still work to do to ensure New Jersey public defenders don’t come with a price tag attached, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) took the first giant step earlier this summer when he signed a bill removing burdensome fees that clients ...

ICE Employees Caught (Again) Misusing Access to Databases

by Jordan Arizmendi

It seems every month, a new story emerges about how ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) egregiously abuses its power. Just a few weeks ago, Wired published an article about how ICE was improperly demanding data from elementary schools, news organizations, and abortion clinics. A few ...

ICE Tramples Over the Judicial System

by Jordan Arizmendi

ICE stands for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The ICE website proclaims that its “primary focus” is “securing our nation’s borders and safeguarding the integrity of our immigration system.” While such a proclamation is ...

New Tool Used by Police to Improve Interviewing Skills

by Jordan Arizmendi

Assistant professor of Psychology  at Northumbria University, Newcastle, Dr. Laura Farrugia, created the Forensic Interview Trace (“FIT”) as a way to record the content, components, and flow of a forensic interview. The app was developed by the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group and is being used by ...

‘Data for Defenders’: Valuable New Resource for Defense Counsel and Pro Se Litigants

by Jordan Arizmendi

A new open access database called “Data for Defenders,” a project of MDefenders program at the University of Michigan Law School, is a valuable tool for defenders. The resources available in the database – including briefs, motions, and transcripts – will instantly broaden the tools for defenders ...



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