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Montana Supreme Court: Retrial Following Mistrial Declared Without 
‘Manifest Necessity’ Violates Prohibition on Double Jeopardy

by Mark Wilson

The Supreme Court of Montana held that a municipal court violated state and federal double jeopardy prohibitions when it declared a mistrial and ordered a new trial.

James Joseph Huertas was charged in Billings Municipal Court with Partner or Family Member Assault (“PFMA”). The victim was identified ...

Oregon Supreme Court: ‘Grooming’ Evidence Requires Scientific Validity Foundation

by Mark Wilson

The Supreme Court of Oregon held that expert testimony about “grooming” children for subsequent sexual abuse is “scientific” evidence that may not be admitted without a foundational showing of scientific validity under Or. Evid. Code 702.

Robert Lewis Henley’s 11-year-old stepdaughter, identified as M, accused him of ...

Oregon Enhanced Drug Penalty ‘For Consideration’ Element Requires Proof of Drug Sale or Agreement to Sell

by Mark Wilson

The Supreme Court of Oregon held that the “for consideration” element of a “commercial drug offense” requires proof of a completed drug sale or an existing agreement to sell drugs. The Court rejected the State’s argument that “for consideration” may be proved by evidence of drug possession ...

First Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment on Guard’s Disparate Treatment Claim

by Mark Wilson

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a lower court improperly granted Puerto Rican prison officials’ summary judgment on a female guard’s gender discrimination claim.

Vilmarie Caraballo-Caraballo was hired as a guard by the Corrections Department of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico ...

Witness Misidentification: Ohio Man’s 14 Convictions Vacated

by Mark Wilson

An Ohio man who was convicted of a violent home invasion robbery on the basis of faulty eyewitness identifications was exonerated just minutes before being sentenced to a lengthy prison term.

On February 5, 2017, a man armed with a handgun confronted a 32-year-old woman in the ...

New Jersey Customs Agents Indicted for "Rape Table"

by Mark Wilson

"Once the lights go out, they grab you like a gang, and they forcibly throw you on the table and one officer ended up mounting me and pretty much riding me like a horse," said Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer Vito Degironimo. "I'm grabbed by ...

Florida Sheriff: Sex Offenders, People with Warrants Not Welcome at Hurricane Shelters

"If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant, we'll gladly escort you to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County jail," warned Florida's Polk County Sheriff's Department Twitter Account as Category 5 Hurricane Irma made landfall on September 6, 2017 ...

Texas Cops Shoot Fleeing, Unarmed Traffic Violators

by Mark Wilson

A Bellaire, Texas woman was nearly killed in the privacy of her own home, by indiscriminate police gunfire. The officers were placed on paid administrative leave as three unarmed women were hospitalized for gunshot wounds.

Houston Police Department officers attempted to pull over a Cadillac SUV after ...

Few Indigent Defendants Have Lawyer at Arraignment

by Mark Wilson

"Giving defendants a lawyer, treating them with respect, and honoring the Constitution give them more confidence in what we’re trying to do,” observes Michigan District Court Judge Tom Boyd. “That starts with giving them the respect they deserve the minute they walk in the door.” ...

DNA Evidence: New Jersey Court Vacates Two 1996 Murder Convictions

by Mark Wilson

After spending 24 years behind bars for murder, Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee walked out of a New Jersey prison in November 2017. Weeks earlier, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Portelli had vacated their convictions for the 1993 murder of a store clerk after new DNA ...


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