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Saturday, August 6, 2005

DePaul to Host Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College

Details.  [Mark Godsey]

August 6, 2005 in Capital Punishment, Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Lawsuit Filed on Subway Searches

We previously blogged about opposition to random searches in NYC subways; that opposition has ripened into a lawsuit.   Mark Godsey and I are former New Yorkers who have taken plenty of rides on subway; I for one would not want to be subjected to a suspicionless search on the subway.  But given the events in London, it is hard to differentiate subway searches from airport searches.  In both cases, there is a genuine danger, and the subway, while an indispensible part of living in the city, is not as open as a street or park (the subways used to be owned and operated by private corporations, and they charge a fare), and individuals can avoid the search the same way they can avoidn an airport search, by not going there.  [Jack Chin]

August 6, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, August 5, 2005

On the One Hand, The Sentence is Ridiculous; On the other, there Was no Evidence

Here's a solomonic resolution to a case where someone is charged witha  sex offense, but there is no evidence to show that he is guilty: A plea bargain where the punishment is community service, in the form of crochet. [Jack Chin]

August 5, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

The Difficulty of Exonerated Innocents Reintegrating

Story here. [Jack Chin]

August 5, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Three Years Means Death Sentence When BOP Botches Your Medical Care

A woman sentenced to three years for embezzlement was diagnosed with cancer at a civilian hospital, where doctors recommended immediate treatment, but BOP doctors disagreed--nothing was wrong.  But after several months, the BOP took another look; it was indeed cancer.  Unfortunately, the prisoner's condition degenerated during the several month delay, so treatment was no longer possible.  She wants to get out to get an experimental treatment, but the BOP and DOJ are fighting every step of the way.  Oped here.

August 4, 2005 in Sentencing Corrections | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

If A Batter is Killed by A Pitch is it Homicide?

It only happened once in the majors, and prosecutors said no. [Jack Chin]

August 4, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

NZ Considering Criminal Procedure Chancges

Including limiting trial by jury, providing for non-unanimous verdicts, and cutting back on double jeopardy. Story here. [Jack Chin]

August 4, 2005 in International, News | Permalink | TrackBack (1)

Cops in Toledo Refused to Follow up on Priest Abuse

This practice of ignoring such complaints of sexual abuse had been going on for over 50 years.  Listen to NPR story here.  [Mark Godsey]

August 4, 2005 in Criminal Law | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

MT: Wife Convicted for Failing to Protect Children from Abuse

Story here.  It seems harsh, but the story says that the husband whom she let back into the house was facing criminal charges for abusing the children, and local police asked her to report his presence and she did not. [Jack Chin]

August 3, 2005 in Sex | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Canada: Selling Bomb Plans no Crime

Story here; abstract of opinion here. [Jack Chin]

August 3, 2005 in International | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Capital Punishment and Public Opinion

According to a recent poll, a majority of those polled in Alabama favor a temporary halt in capital punishment in the state until issues such as fairness in application and access to DNA can be studied.  [Mark Godsey]

August 3, 2005 in Capital Punishment | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Toledo CrimProf Harris on NPR

On Monday, HarrisToledo CrimProf David Harris was featured on All Things Considered.  From  "In investigating terrorist attacks, London police have announced they will use racial profiling; other cities, like New York, have said they will not. Michele Norris talks with University of Toledo law professor David Harris about the use of racial profiling to prevent terrorist attacks. Harris argues that racial profiling actually diminishes the effectiveness of finding terrorists."   Listen to Harris here.  [Mark Godsey]


August 3, 2005 in CrimProfs, Race, Search and Seizure | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

St. Louis DA's Innocence Program Leads to 3 Exonerations

Story here. This is the office investigating whether the office prosecuted a man who was innocent of the murder he was executed for.  [Jack Chin]

August 2, 2005 in Law Enforcement | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

NY: Police Computer Predicts Crime in Advance

Story here.  The cops patrolled the area where the computer suggested a robbery would occur, and it did.  Wow! [Jack Chin]

August 2, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Forensics Conference in Dallas

From a press release:  "Tampa Bay, Fla. - The National Clearinghouse for Science Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law will review forensic evidence resources and provide an update on the Clearinghouse at the International Association for Identification’s 90th International Educational Conference at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Conference Center, Austin Ballroom 2, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11.  Clearinghouse Deputy Director Gregory Hill will lead the program. Hill is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, International Homicide Investigators Association, and a former Tampa police officer. He has extensive jury trial experience involving forensic evidence cases, including death penalty cases in Florida. He works with the National Forensic Science and Technology Center on developing a DNA Mock Trial for President George W. Bush’s DNA Initiative.  The Clearinghouse encourages scientific, technological and legal communities to share resources in the interest of justice.  “We look forward to providing even more services to the legal, scientific and law enforcement communities,” said Carol Henderson, Clearinghouse director.

Under Henderson’s direction, Stetson’s National Clearinghouse, a program of the National Institute of Justice, was formed in 2003 to advance the use of science and technology in the law. The Clearinghouse provides a comprehensive online database of legal and scientific research and educates lawyers, judges and law enforcement personnel about new developments in forensic technology and forensic evidence handling in the courts.

For more information on additional National Clearinghouse programs, please call (727) 562-7316 or visit them on the Web at

August 2, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 1, 2005

Chicago CrimProf Alschuler to Move to Northwestern

Alschuler Leiter reports that Alschuler will take early retirement at Chicago at the end of this coming school year, and then move to NU.  Details here.  [Mark Godsey]

August 1, 2005 in CrimProf Moves | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

IL: Sex Offender Registry Inaccurate, Poorly Monitored

Story here. [Jack Chin]

August 1, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

PA: DNA Rape Exoneration

Story here. [Jack Chin]

August 1, 2005 in Exoneration Innocence Accuracy | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Richmond Will Host Hate Crimes Conference

September 7th.  Details here.  [Mark Godsey]

August 1, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Santa Clara Holds Death Penalty College

From a press release:  "For the fourteenth consecutive year, Santa Clara University School of Law is holding the Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College from July 30, 2005 – August 4, 2005.  The program began in 1992 when Santa Clara County public defender Shechmeister came to (then) law school Dean Jerry Uelmen to create a training program for lawyers with pre-trial capital cases.  Dean Uelmen brought in Professor Ellen Kreitzberg to work with Shechmeister and Kreitzberg remains the director of the program today.  The Death Penalty College is an intensive training program limited to defense attorneys who represent persons charged in capital cases. During the six days, lawyers spend each morning in small group workshops brainstorming and working on their pending cases. Each afternoon, experts from around the country provide lectures to assist the lawyers in preparing and presenting the penalty trial.  This year 72 lawyers from more than 23 states will be participating in the program.  More than 23 experienced capital lawyers will comprise the faculty. Director Kreitzberg hails this program as an important tool in ensuring the fairness of our system of justice.  Too often, Kreitzberg asserts, the death penalty is imposed not on the person who committed the worst crime, but on those who are unfortunate enough to have the worse lawyer.  This program is an effort to provide lawyers important tools in the fight to protect life.  This program is also consistent with the Jesuit mission of providing lawyers of conscience, competence and compassion."  Details . . .  [Mark Godsey]

August 1, 2005 in Capital Punishment | Permalink | TrackBack (0)