"A constitutional amendment to end non-unanimous jury verdicts in Louisiana was approved Tuesday by the state's voters — a victory for a rare alliance of conservative and progressive organizations that got behind the measure to end a practice with roots in post-Civil War racism."
A constitutional amendment to end non-unanimous jury verdicts in Louisiana was approved Tuesday by the state's voters _ a victory for a rare alliance of conservative and progressive organizations.
"Marsy’s Law doesn’t treat a defendant like he’s legally innocent. Instead, it gives a victim the right to withhold potentially exculpatory evidence by refusing to be interviewed or deposed, which essentially denies the accused what he needs for a fair trial. There’s only one justification for such a violation of due process: everyone must assume that the accused is guilty. That’s the opposite of what our system of justice is based upon. Not only does Marsy’s Law endanger innocence, it might even backfire and protect the guilty. A prosecutor is constitutionally required to disclose any exculpatory evidence under the law established in the Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland. If a prosecutor is prevented from making those disclosures, any conviction secured against a defendant runs a high risk of being overturned. That means a victim who is exercising her rights under Marsy’s Law may pave the way for a successful appeal for someone who is guilty." #CRMlaw #GAlaw #MarsysLaw ... See more
There’s only one justification for such a violation of due process: everyone must assume that the accused is guilty. That’s the opposite of what our system of justice is based upon.
"The success of a traffic safety grant Chatham County has been awarded will be measured in part by how many traffic stops Chatham County police officers make each month, according to documents filed with the Chatham County Commission." #CRMlaw #lawfirm #Savannahlaw #trafficsafety
The success of a traffic safety grant Chatham County has been awarded will be measured in part by how many traffic stops Chatham County police
"The plan — utilizing inmates as informants inside Georgia’s most dangerous prisons, supplying them with cell phones to provide intelligence — was “the most dangerous thing you could do,” said a former Valdosta State Prison warden."
Just months after an informant arrived at Valdosta State Prison he was attacked by other inmates
In Georgia, it's 1 in 18.
More than a decade ago, policymakers around the country seeking to protect public safety, improve accountability, and save taxpayer dollars initiated a wave of bipartisan reforms that has reduced the number of people behind bars in many states. Because of their high costs and visibility, prisons gar...
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"Black people are four times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession in Alabama. Examining the 2,351 people arrested for marijuana possession in 2016, the latest year such data was available, the study found that 11 per 10,000 Black people were arrested on such charges, compared to only 2.7 per 10,000 white people. In possession felony cases [...] the researchers also found large disparities: Black people were five times more likely to be arrested than white people." #CRMlaw #lawfirm #druglaws #racialdisparity ... See more
A new report details Alabama’s “War on Marijuana” ahead of a key DA election.
"A federal judge has issued a temporary order that would block Georgia's election officials from rejecting any absentee ballots under Georgia's Voter Signature Match Law without giving voters the opportunity to confirm their identity." #CRMlaw #lawfirm #votingrights #voterlaw
A federal judge has issued a temporary order that would block Georgia's election officials from rejecting any absentee ballots under Georgia’s Voter Signature Match Law without giving voters the opportunity to confirm their identity.
“When law enforcement officers who are not armed with a warrant knock on a door, they do no more than any private citizen might do. And whether the person who knocks on the door and requests the opportunity to speak is a police officer or a private citizen, the occupant has no obligation to open the door or to speak.” ~Justice Samuel Alito #CRMlaw #lawfirm #4thAmendment #righttoprivacy
If his conviction stands, it could criminalize people who refuse to do things like unlock their phones or garages at police request.
"The law says anyone in Canada over the age of 18 is allowed to possess marijuana, provided it's less than 30 grams — just over an ounce. Canadians can also grow up to four marijuana plants in their home and buy from a provincially regulated retailer." #CRMlaw #lawfirm #drugcrime #marijuana
Pot sales begin today in Canada, which is only the second country after Uruguay to legalize the drug for recreational use.