March 20, 2006
Houston CrimProf Sandra Guerra Thompson is quoted in this article from the Houston Chronicle about jurors' reluctance to consider a not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity (NGRI) verdict. Instead, she explains, jurors lean towards conviction because jurors often feel a responsibility to keep defendants off the streets, and they fear that an insanity verdict will too easily allow the defendant's release into society.
Alabama CrimProf Dan Filler is quoted in this article from the Boston Globe about hardline drunk driving statutes, such as Rhode Island's law, that criminalizes refusing to take a breathalyzer test. Filler notes that crim pro jurisprudence treats automobiles different, giving them less constitutional protection, for public safety reasons. So once laws like this gain popularity and pass constitutional muster, it's tough for the courts to take back power from law enforcement in the future.
Case Western CrimProf Michael Scharf is quoted in this article from Reason Online about the lessons the judges presiding over Saddam's trial should learn from how Milosevic's trial was handled; and this article from Ohmy News about how Bosnia will focus its genocide suit against Serbia, as a country, now that they can no longer try Milosevic.
Arizona CrimProf Jack Chin is quoted in this article about collateral consequences. [JC]
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