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Kansas Supreme Court Rules Grant of ‘Use’ Immunity Insufficient to Compel Testimony

by Richard Resch

Jose Delacruz, Anthony Waller, and three others participated in the robbery of Joshua Haines, who was murdered during the act. Delacruz was convicted of aggravated robbery, but he was acquitted of felony murder. He was sentenced to 83 months in prison. Both the conviction and sentence were ...

California Supreme Court Grants Habeas Petition and Vacates Capital Murder Conviction Due to False Expert Testimony at Trial

by Richard Resch

The Supreme Court of California granted a death row prisoner’s petition for writ of habeas corpus based upon the introduction of false evidence at trial and vacated his convictions in their entirety.

On November 17, 1991, 21-month-old Consuelo Verdugo was rushed to the emergency room at Delano ...

First Circuit Modifies Emergency Aid Doctrine for Warrantless Entry of a Home

by Richard Resch

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit modified its position on the emergency aid exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement by announcing: “officers seeking to justify their warrantless entry need only demonstrate ‘an objectively reasonable basis for believing’ that ‘a person within [the house] ...

From the Editor

by Richard Resch

This marks our sixth issue of Criminal Legal News. The response has been a pleasant surprise. While we were confident that there was a pressing need for a publication of this type—and that the content of each issue of CLN would provide readers with relevant, actionable legal ...

New York Court of Appeals: Defendant Denied Right to Speedy Trial After 6-Year Delay

by Richard Resch

On May 24, 2008, Reginald Wiggins and codefendant Jamal Armstead were involved in an altercation in which a 15-year-old bystander was shot and killed. They were arrested and charged with various crimes, including murder. The prosecution spent two-and-a-half years attempting to get Armstead to testify against Wiggins, ...

Mass. Supremes: Consent to Search in Vehicle Did Not Extend to Engine

by Richard Resch

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts held that consent to search inside a vehicle does not authorize the police to search under the hood of the vehicle.

On January 23, 2015, two police officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for loud music. There were two ...

U.S. Supreme Court: Guilty Plea No Bar to Defendant Challenging Constitutionality

by Richard Resch

The U.S. Supreme Court held that a guilty plea alone does not bar a federal criminal defendant from challenging the constitutionality of his statute of conviction on direct appeal.

In September 2013, Rodney Class was indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing firearms in his locked ...

Illinois Supremes: Barring Firearms Within 1,000 Feet of Parks Facially Unconstitutional

by Richard Resch

In April 2013, Julio Chairez pleaded guilty in connection with a plea agreement to possessing a firearm within 1,000 feet of a park in violation of Section 24-1(a)(4), (c)(1.5) of the Unlawful Use of a Weapon (“UUW”) statute (720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(4), (c)(1.5), which prohibits carrying ...

Pennsylvania Supremes: Modified “Vertical” Approach to Collective Knowledge Doctrine

by Richard Resch

In January 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refined the contours of the collective knowledge doctrine as it exists in the Commonwealth. The doctrine relates to the warrantless seizure of a person by an officer acting as part of a group in a coordinated investigation. The Court adopted ...

Washington Court of Appeals Reverses Murder Conviction Due to Prejudicial PowerPoint

by Richard Resch

The Washington Court of Appeals, Division I determined that the use of specific PowerPoint slides intended to establish the characters of defendant and victim and their actions in conformity therewith amounted to prosecutorial misconduct. The misconduct was both improper and prejudicial. Therefore, it warranted the reversal of ...

 

 

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