Case – Church v Missouri

The Right to Meaningful Representation verses State Sovereign Immunity This case before and the decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit can be read by clicking the link below. church-v-missouriDownload I would love to hear from those who have legal expertise an analysis of this case and what it means for all indigent defendants.

FAMM Applauds Senate Passage of the First Step Act

WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan passage of the First Step Act (S. 3747) by a vote of 87 to 12: “This is not simply a matter of policymaking to us. This is about people – specifically, the people we have gotten to know in the last 27 years while promoting these reforms. This bill is...

Double Jeopardy – Florida Supreme Court

BRIAN MITCHELL LEE, vs. STATE OF FLORIDA, December 13, 2018 Double jeopardy “prohibits subjecting a person to multiple prosecutions, convictions, and punishments for the same criminal offense.” “The prohibition against double jeopardy is ‘fundamental.’ ” There are three offenses at issue in this case—(1) solicitation of a minor, (2) unlawful use of a two-way communications device, (3) and traveling after solicitation. The solicitation statute provides in pertinent part: (3) Certain...

First Step Act

McConnell Says He Will Bring Criminal Justice Bill to Senate Floor for Vote Under pressure from the White House and a number of his fellow Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said today he will bring a major criminal justice bill, the FIRST STEP Act, to the Senate floor for a vote as early as the end of the week. Hit and Run Blog - Reason -...

Will SCOTUS hear Boyd v Washington?

Should Registrants be able to protect their families and themselves with a firearm? Boyd v. Washington is among the cases on tomorrow’s Supreme Court of the United States conference calendar. The question at issue in that case is “Whether the requirement of frequent, in-person reporting renders an offender-registration law punitive, such that applying the law retroactively violates the ex-post facto clause.” We are hoping the SCOTUS selects this...

North Carolina Procedure Ruled Unconstitutional

United States District Court Rules in Favor of Plantiff in Due Process Case Registered sex offenders face significant restrictions in their daily lives. See, e.g., N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-208.18(a)(3) (preventing registered sex offenders from going to libraries, arcades, amusement parks, recreation parks, and swimming pools). Failure to register when required to by law is a felony, and there is no procedure enabling sex offenders to challenge the...

VASQUEZ, ET AL. v. ILLINOIS

Brief of Eighteen Scholars as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioners INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE1 Amici are eighteen scholars across six disciplines whose work includes the leading empirical studies of persons convicted of sexual offenses and the laws applied to them. The Appendix identifies them and describes their work. Amici believe it critical that judicial decisions affecting constitutional rights be grounded on an accurate understanding of empirical realities....

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