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Articles by Kevin Bliss

New York’s SARA Requirements Force Sex-Offenders into Homelessness Then Hold Them in Prison Due to Their Homelessness

by Kevin Bliss

Allison Frankel of the Center for Appellate Litigation wrote an article in the Yale Law Journal discussing New York’s archaic sex-offender housing requirement laws and their inherent problems. She touched on the flawed metrics used to substantiate fear-based reactions to sexual assault, the varied potential violations of ...

DNA Contamination Threatened Conviction of Innocent Man

by Kevin Bliss

The NYC Medical Examiner’s office (“ME”) reviewed the DNA analysis procedure in a burglary case that was the only evidence used to charge Darrell Harris with the crime. They found that the DNA sample could have been contaminated, but only after Harris lost his job and $25,000 ...

Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Kansas Considers It Acceptable to Listen to Attorney-Client Conversations

by Kevin Bliss

United States District Court Judge Julie Robinson released a 188-page opinion August 13, 2019, holding the Kansas branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office (“USAO”) in contempt for deliberate obfuscation and misrepresentation during a three-year investigation of prosecutorial misconduct by their office for the illicit use of client-attorney ...

Alaska Police Department Run by Former Convicts

by Kevin Bliss

Stebbins, Alaska, maintains a seven-man police force in 2019 led by Police Chief Sebastian Mike. Every member of the force has been convicted of a crime. Convictions range from trespassing to domestic assault, with the chief a registered sex offender for a conviction of sexual abuse on ...

U.S. Supreme Court ‘Death Caucus’ Setting Death Penalty Litigation Tone

by Kevin Bliss

The conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has been taking a hard stance against last-minute filings, effectively intimidating already-scarce death penalty attorneys. This could lead state and federal judges to give “short shrift” to death penalty appeals, The Atlantic reports.

The Court has made multiple rulings ...

Costly Electronic Monitoring Programs Replacing Ineffective Jail Bond Systems

by Kevin Bliss

America’s troubled bail systems that discriminate against the poor and are proven to be a costly and ineffective means of managing pretrial detainees are being replaced with one just as prejudicial but more burdensome. Cities and counties are now utilizing electronic monitoring to keep track of those ...

Suits Demand Cops be Held Accountable for Thousands of Rape Test Kits Sitting Untested

by Kevin Bliss

More and more women across the nation are filing suit against law enforcement for the backlog of untested rape kits they carry, claiming this is a violation of the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution and discriminates against women.

Heather Marlowe's rape test kit sat in storage ...

$2.4 Million Paid by Sacramento in Wrongful Death Suit of Stephon Clark

by Kevin Bliss

Two Sacramento, California, police officers, Terrance Mercadal and Jared Robinet, fatally shot Stephon Clark on March 18, 2018, amid accusations of racial profiling and excessive use of force.

The District Attorney (“DA”) stated that the force used was lawful and that no charges would be filed against the men. Now, the City of Sacramento agrees it’s in the city’s best interest to pay a wrongful death settlement of $2.4 million.

On the night of the incident, police received a call that a suspect was breaking into cars in a neighborhood and dispatched several officers and a helicopter to the area. Recordings of the helicopter state that the suspect was “running for the front yard.”

Mercadal and Robinet confronted a man in a back yard with their weapons drawn. One officer yelled, “Gun!” The two immediately fired 20 rounds into the darkness. Helicopter video shows Clark initially going to lie on the ground. Still, the officers fired a dozen more shots into his prone form.

Clark, a 22-year-old black man, was on his way to see his grandmother. He was entering through the back because the front doorbell did not work and neither his grandmother, Sequita Thompson, nor ...

Costly Electronic Monitoring Programs Replacing Ineffective Jail Bond Systems

by Kevin Bliss

America’s troubled bail systems that discriminate against the poor and are proven to be a costly and ineffective means of managing pretrial detainees are being replaced with one just as prejudicial but more burdensome. Cities and counties are now utilizing electronic monitoring to keep track of those ...

Faulty Science Still Admissible Evidence in Many States

by Kevin Bliss

More than 40 percent of wrongful convictions are based on faulty forensic science, according to the Innocence Project, which works to help exonerate prisoners it believes have been wrongfully convicted. The nonprofit has been responsible for the exoneration of over 160 people convicted by flawed forensic science. ...




 

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