Judge Davidson has just entered an order denying Scruggs’s motion that the court set aside his plea because there was no bribery and therefore (the argument goes) no federal crime and thus no jurisdiction.
Judge Davidson responds that any jurisdiction argument was waived by the guilty plea and lack of appeal thereafter, and that […]
I have always thought the whole business of having dog handlers announce their dog had shown an alert highly bogus. I had no idea how far this bogosity had been pushed until I read this story from Texas. A father, son and daughter were convicted of murder based on a dog sniffing line-up.
CNN is broadcasting the press conference live; above is a screengrab.
They apparently entered Alford pleas, that they were innocent but the prosecution had enough evidence to go to a jury on guilt. The prosecutor’s press conference proceeded, with the prosecution saying that the defense team proposed the deal, and he agreed […]
It is appearing pretty certain that the West Memphis Three (long prior post by me here) will finally get relief tomorrow at a hearing in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Media in Jonesboro and Memphis are reporting that, out of the blue, the court has scheduled a hearing at which all three will attend, that all three […]
Reason Magazine has its crime issue entirely online. As readers of this blog would expect, Radley Balko has two good pieces, a “Bad Boys” story about several of the worst (and two of the best) prosecutors in America, that leads off with Forrest Allgood, and a story about innocence cases that focuses on one […]
Here’s the trailer. The movie will premier February 11th in Oxford.
From the argument yesterday in the fabricated-evidence case in the U.S. Supreme Court, here’s the closer of former Solicitor General Paul Clement’s argument for the plaintiffs:
I think it’s clear, from this court’s cases, that the police officer that engages in misconduct has committed a grave, grave constitutional violation and ought to be liable. […]
This question is raised in an argument before the US Supreme Court today. Put another way: When the prosecutors participate in an investigation that fabricates evidence against two defendants– leading them to be wrongfully convicted and spend 25 years in jail– is that pre-indictment misconduct protected by prosecutorial immunity? The SCOTUS blog summary of […]
Folks who go back to the Folo days will remember the case of Tyler Edmonds, the teenager convicted of murder based in part on the opinion testimony of Dr. Hayne, who opined that he could tell from a bullet entry wound that the gun that shot the victim had two sets of hands on […]
Allen Dershowitz (with reason– I posted about the decision that is the basis is this observation yesterday) thinks the answer to the question in the post is “yes:”
I never thought I would live to see the day when a justice of the Supreme Court would publish the following words:
“This court […]