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Prison Blues: Prison Mess Tarnishes Brown's 'CA Comeback'

SNCJ Spotlight Any day now, perhaps even as you are reading this, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will decide whether to grant California Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) request to block an order by a three-judge U.S. District Court panel to cull over 9,000 prisoners from the state's chronically...

California Governor Brown Scrambles To Meet Federal Court Prison Order

BROWN SCRAMBLES TO MEET CA PRISON ORDER: Faced with yet another stinging rebuke from the federal court system over its overcrowded prisons, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Golden State prison officials said they will act to cull 9,600 inmates from the 33-prison system by the end of the year. Most...

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Insurance Fraud “Chutzpah” – No Mercy for Insurance Criminal

This case concerns the criminal conduct of the owner of an insurance business, formerly known as Associates Insurance Agency, Inc., owned and operated by the Defendant-Appellant, Tina Woods Butler , in Dyersburg, Tennessee. On February 13, 2012, the Dyer County Grand Jury returned a seventeen-count indictment...

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Hon. Robert Longstreth on Dugard v. United States: The U.S. Owes No Duty to the General Public to Control a Dangerous Parolee

Jaycee Dugard was abducted as a child, then imprisoned and sexually abused for 18 years by a convicted rapist, who fathered her two daughters while she was still a minor. Following her rescue, her horrific experience received international attention, and she wrote a well-received, best-selling account...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Bryant Signs Off On Mississippi Sentencing Overhaul

BRYANT SIGNS OFF ON MS SENTENCING OVERHAUL: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed prison sentence reform legislation last week that supporters say could save the Magnolia State $266 million over the next decade. The bill, HB 585, requires those convicted of a violent offense to serve at least 50 percent...

Insurance Fraud Results in Eight Years in Prison: Plea of Guilty to Insurance Fraud Stands

When a party pleads guilty to multiple crimes in open court and with the advice of competent counsel he or she can expect to spend time in jail or prison and to have no opportunity to withdraw the plea. However, in People v. Dobson , Not Reported in Cal.Rptr.3d, 2015 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 824 (Cal.App...

This Is Real Law: The Power of Knowledge: Publishing Legal Information to Fight Arbitrary Detention

You’re in a police cell. It’s dark, and it reeks of sweat and urine. If you’re lucky, you aren’t hurt. Even if you are injured, provided it’s not serious, you might have other things on your mind. If you’re a lawyer, journalist or experienced activist, for example...

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State Net Criminal Law Update: Prison Reform Boosted by Alliances of Conservatives and Liberals

In rare displays of bipartisanship, state legislative coalitions of liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans are overhauling sentencing procedures and making other important changes in criminal justice laws. Legislatures in Alabama and Maryland last month passed laws that will shorten many prison...