The Sins Of The Father

Tomorrow, on April 24, 20178, in a nondescript courtroom in Springfield Ohio, a young man will discover his fate. It isn't a high profile case, and there will likely be no press coverage. Perhaps there should be, though. Richard Burks may lose the next 4 ½ years of his life, and the question really is … Continue reading The Sins Of The Father

Let The Sunshine In

Freedom of Information requests have gained popularity as the general public gets more and more interested in various topics in their state and country. Sunshine laws are designed, in theory, to make public access to information more streamlined, easier to access, and more uniform. Sounds great on paper. The reality is somewhat murkier. My first … Continue reading Let The Sunshine In

Is The Future of District Attorneys Larry Krasner Shaped? The Week in Criminal Justice Reform.

Is the future of District Attorneys Larry Krasner shaped? Krasner has been making fast-work of living up to promises told before his November. 2017 election win. Krasner's 5 page memo—here—to his staff, detailing new policies, offers reform on a perhaps revolutionary scale. Time will tell, but the early signs are good. Maura Ewing of Slate … Continue reading Is The Future of District Attorneys Larry Krasner Shaped? The Week in Criminal Justice Reform.

Oklahoma, The Secrecy State

When dealing with the Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals, you have to be prepared to watch them like a hawk.  In checking  Daniel Holtzclaw's docket this morning, there was no change. This afternoon was a different story. Lo and behold, new entries! Exciting, right? Well. It seems that there was mysterious movement of 4 sealed … Continue reading Oklahoma, The Secrecy State

Brendan Dassey Files Appeal To Supreme Court. Laura Nirider & Steven Drizin To Be Aided By Seth Waxman.

The wait is over. "Today, Brendan Dassey’s legal team filed a petition for a writ of certiorari before the United States Supreme Court, asking the high Court to agree to hear Brendan’s appeal. If the Court accepts the case, it will mark the first time the Court has agreed to hear a juvenile confession case … Continue reading Brendan Dassey Files Appeal To Supreme Court. Laura Nirider & Steven Drizin To Be Aided By Seth Waxman.

Holtzclaw Parole Hearings and the Hollywood #Metoo Movement

At the end of January, Daniel Holtzclaw had the first, of what will likely amount to many, parole hearings. He also had his first, of what will likely amount to many, denials of parole. Michelle Malkin's recent piece highlighting issues with the Parole Board is just one of the reasons Daniel Holtzclaw continues to battle … Continue reading Holtzclaw Parole Hearings and the Hollywood #Metoo Movement