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Friday, May 19, 2006

SCOTUS: Reviews Knock and Announce Rule

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard a case testing the knock and announce rule.  In the case in question, the police waited only three to five seconds after announcing their presence (without knocking) before entering the home. The case is Hudson v. Michigan, 04-1360. More. . . [Mark Godsey]

May 19, 2006 in Search and Seizure | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Case and Jury Pool

The Christian Science Monitor says discusses the alleged efforts of the defense team to taint the jury pool.  [Mark Godsey]

May 18, 2006 in News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Victim's Family Says CrimProf Scheck Intimidated Parole Board to Grant Reprieve to Convited Killer

The Hoffa Search Continues

in Detroit. Story. . . [Mark Godsey]

May 18, 2006 in News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Texas: Rejects Excessive Pain from Lethal Injection

Lifts two stays, executes one man, schedules a second execution, but in a 5-4 decision. . . [Mark Godsey]

May 18, 2006 in Capital Punishment | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

NY Man Exonerated Based on DNA Evidence

From DPIC: "After spending more than a decade in jail for a crime he did not commit, Douglas Arthur Warney has been exonerated and will be freed from prison in New York based on DNA evidence. Police maintained that Warney had confessed to the crime. Warney is a poorly educated man with a history of delusions and suffering from an advanced case of AIDS. He originally faced the death penalty for the 1996 stabbing murder in Rochester, but was ultimately convicted of second-degree homicide and sentenced to 25 years in jail." More. . . [Mark Godsey]

May 18, 2006 in Exoneration Innocence Accuracy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Federal Court Overturns Capital Conviction

on grounds of bias by trial judge.  Story ... [Mark Godsey]

May 16, 2006 in Capital Punishment | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Fat, Naked Guy From Survivor Gets 51 Months for Tax Fraud

The stupidest tax fraud of all time....fail to report the million bucks the whole world watched you win.  [Mark Godsey]

May 16, 2006 in News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tribe on NSA Wiretapping

Here.  [Mark Godsey]

May 16, 2006 in Search and Seizure | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Oregon CrimProf Wins Teaching Award

Lininger_with_kulongoski_web University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer presented law professor Tom Lininger with a crystal apple – a symbol of teaching excellence  –  in a surprise visit to a law faculty meeting on Friday, May 12. 
Frohnmayer was accompanied by Lininger’s wife, Merle Weiner, also a professor at the law school, and the couple’s two sons. 
This university-wide award recognizes exemplary teaching by faculty members early in their careers. Two winners are chosen each year based on the recommendation of faculty members and students; they receive a $2,000 stipend added to their base salary. “I’ve learned a lot from the other faculty here at the University of Oregon Lininger said.  “There are some great professors at this school who provide a model for the junior faculty.”  Lininger, an assistant professor of law who joined the faculty in 2003, is the seventh law faculty member to receive the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Lininger has taught evidence, ethics, criminal procedure, and alternative dispute resolution. He also directs the law school’s Public Interest/Public Service Program. In 2004, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Lininger to chair the state’s Criminal Justice Commission. 

May 15, 2006 in Teaching | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Success for Ohio Innocence Project

and CrimProf Blogger Mark Godsey and his students, with the release of Christopher Bennett on Mother's Day.  CNN.com story here.

May 15, 2006 in Exoneration Innocence Accuracy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Can Cameras Racially Profile?

No, they're not that high tech.  But the people who locate them in London's suburbs can and apparantly have.  Or at least that's what the statistics seem to show.  In Metropolitan London, black people account for 46% of all arrests generated by new automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) cameras, even though black residents account for only 11% of London's population.  Further study of the disparity shows that cameras are heavily concentrated in the London boroughs most heavily populated by black residents. More. . . [Mark Godsey]

May 15, 2006 in Search and Seizure | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

This Week's Top 5 Crim Papers

Ssrn_18This week's top 5 crim papers, with number of recent downloads from SSRN, are as follows:

(1) 144 The Poverty of the Moral Stimulus
John Mikhail,
Georgetown University - Law Center,
Date posted to database: April 19, 2006
Last Revised: April 27, 2006
(2) 131 Loyalty to One's Convictions: The Prosecutor and Tunnel Vision
Susan Bandes,
DePaul University - College of Law,
Date posted to database: March 16, 2006
Last Revised: March 17, 2006
(3) 76 Muslim Profiles Post-9/11: Is Racial Profiling an Effective Counterterrorist Measure and Does it Violate the Right to be Free from Discrimination?
Bernard E. Harcourt,
University of Chicago - Law School,
Date posted to database: March 30, 2006
Last Revised: April 19, 2006
(4) 75 Crawford's Triangle: Domestic Violence and the Right of Confrontation
Deborah Tuerkheimer,
University of Maine School of Law,
Date posted to database: April 10, 2006
Last Revised: April 18, 2006
(5) 64 The New Forensics: Criminal Justice, False Certainty, and the Second Generation of Scientific Evidence
Erin Murphy,
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall),
Date posted to database: April 19, 2006
Last Revised: May 3, 2006 

May 15, 2006 in Weekly Top 5 SSRN Crim Downloads | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)