July 2016
4 days ago

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Cooper, a former DC public defender, addresses prosecutor Michele Hanisee's remarks concerning the death penalty in California... Speaking in favor of Proposition 66, the ballot initiative that seeks to speed up executions in California to Texas-like levels of lethality, Los Angeles deputy district attorney Michele Hanisee …

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16 Jul 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Andreas Kuersten, Law Clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), discusses racial bias' impact on black individuals, both in court and on the bench...The personification of justice is a blindfolded woman holding a scale and a sword. She cannot see an individual's …

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4 Jul 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Cooper, a former DC public defender discusses how California's Proposition 66 will fail to reform California's fractured death penalty system... "Californians for Death Penalty Savings and Reform"—an advocacy group spearheaded by district attorneys and several family members of murder victims—has collected enough signatures to qualify the …

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2 Jul 2016

JURIST Guest Colomnist Graciela Jasa Silveira discusses potential legal and constitutional consequences as a result of Mexican President Peña Nieto's initiatives to support same-sex family rights...Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto made public two bills [PDF, in Spanish] to make-constitutional the right to marriage, and to amend federal family law to …

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June 2016
30 Jun 2016

JURIST Guest Columnists Stephen Cooper and Donnie W. Bethel discuss the effect of the behavior of Prosecutors who parade their cases to the media has on the Criminal Justice system... Call us 'old school', but like the Honorable Scott Milne Matheson, Jr. put it, "lawyers, especially prosecutors, should not in …

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26 Jun 2016

JURIST Guest Columnists Donnie W. Bethel and Stephen A. Cooper discuss how recent Supreme Court's decision related to the Hobbs Act only serves to further take up space and resources in the federal prisons... People of all persuasions, political parties and philosophies have awakened to the terrible toll the crises …

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26 Jun 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses recent developments in Michigan auto law that affect third-party benefits... For the past 40 years, plaintiffs' attorneys seeking no-fault benefits for their clients have relied on the innocent third-party rule. This rule protected uninsured drivers, passengers and other claimants from fraud …

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20 Jun 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Tim Lynch of The Cato Institute discusses the right of defendants to choose between a trial by jury or trial by judge...Trial by jury is one of the most celebrated rights in the American Constitution, but what if the accused person would rather be tried by a …

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18 Jun 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Nicholas M. Wooldridge discusses judge Aaron Persky's sentencing of convicted Stanford sex offender Brock Turner...Brock Allen Turner was convicted of three felony counts related to his digital penetration of an unconscious victim behind a dumpster at a frat party and sentenced to a short six month period …

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11 Jun 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Abed Awad of Awad & Khoury, LLP, discusses the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement...In 1880, English Captain Charles C. Boycott led an eviction campaign against tenants in Ireland. Appalled at the inhumanity of Mr. Boycott's ruthless actions, his employees refused to work for him.  These events introduced the …

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