March 30, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases titled Kansas v. Carr, consolidating them for oral argument. These cases examine whether the Eighth Amendment right to an "individualized sentencing" was violated by the decision not to sever the sentencing phase of a co-defendant's ...[read more]
March 20, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Supreme Court of Florida on Thursday ordered re-sentencing hearings for four individuals who were convicted of felonies as juveniles. The court ruled that new sentences must comply with two US Supreme Court decisions. One of which says juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison if they ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the a trial of former Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed. The commissioner found several flaws in the trial process including: the trial beginning one day after Nasheed's arrest and sentencing completed after only ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by William Helbling
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday criticized the US Sentencing Commission after a federal panel introduced a proposal which would reduce prison time for white-collar criminals. The DOJ objected to the panel's ideas to reduce prison sentences for various fraud-related crimes. Reports ...[read more]
March 9, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Hurst v. Florida to determine "whether Florida's death sentencing scheme violated the Sixth ... or Eighth Amendment." This court granted certiorari in light of its decision in Ring v. Arizona, in which it held that a sentencing judge, sitting ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Bosnian State Court Judge Azra Miletic was detained by police on Wednesday on suspicion of taking a bribe from former police commissioner Ramo Brkic. The former commissioner was originally sentenced to 11 years in prison for drug dealing and corruption. The appeals court quashed verdicts on five ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the death penalty Friday, which will remain in effect until he receives and reviews a report from the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment. The governor expressed concerns over serious flaws in the death ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by William Helbling
A Belgian court on Wednesday declared a radical Islamist group a terrorist organization, sentencing its leader to 12 years in prison. The group, known as Sharia4Belgium, has allegedly been recruiting young individuals to join their terrorist organization and fight in Syria. The court determined ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Peter Snyder
French police have arrested 54 people for verbally supporting or threatening terrorist acts in the wake of the terrorist attacks at the offices of French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. The French Justice Ministry has called on prosecutors to crack down on hate speech, anti- ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Indiana state senator Lonnie Randolph introduced Senate Bill 136 to end the death penalty in the state. The proposed legislation would repeal the state's death penalty statute and reduce the punishments of those awaiting execution to life imprisonment without parole. The bill provides that, "when ...[read more]

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