Criminal Law and Procedure

A$AP Rocky’s Trial Finishes Today

The Swedish judge presiding over A$AP Rocky’s trial released him from jail following the conclusion of a three day trial this week. A verdict will is expected on August 14. What’s Been Happening A$AP Rocky and two members of his entourage are on trial for trial for assault in Sweden. All three plead not guilty, arguing self-defense. Videos and testimony show Mustafa Jafari, the accuser, following and harassing Rocky’s crew, with Rocky and others repeatedly asking Jafari and […]

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A$AP Rocky’s Trial is Underway in Sweden

A$AP Rocky took the stand in his own defense today as his trial continues in Sweden. Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is charged with assault. He was in Stockholm for a two day concert. A$AP’s Testimony Rocky told the Court he and two others of entourage were out sightseeing. Two men began following them. Rocky and his group repeatedly asked the two men to stop following. Rocky testified he plead with the men to leave them […]

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Leaving Children Alone in Cars – Crime or Accident?

It is so easy to be angry at a parent when a child is hurt from being left alone in a hot car. Getting angry is understandably our first impulse. But what if these cases are truly accidents? Case studies show that these accidents are very human to make. The Case of Juan Rodriguez Juan Rodriguez, a father from upstate New York, dropped off his 4 year old son at day care and then proceed to work a […]

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Meek Mill Wins Appeal To Get New Trial

The rapper Meek Mill may finally get out of the legal quagmire that has snagged him for over a decade. This Wednesday, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania granted Meek Mill a new trial and a new judge following a 2008 conviction. That conviction stemmed from a 2007 arrest in which an officer claimed Meek Mill pointed a gun at him. The case involved drug and gun charges. It went to a bench trial – trial by judge and […]

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A$AP Rocky To Stand Trial for Assault in Sweden

The rapper A$AP Rocky is charged with assault causing actual bodily harm against two men in Sweden. Two of Rocky’s bodyguards are also charged in the case. Rocky has argued self-defense. The charge is punishable by up to two years in prison. What’s Happening Rocky was in Stockholm for a concert. A video posted on Rocky’s Instagram shows the two men  needling and harassing Rocky while Rocky and his entourage repeatedly ask them to stop before a fight […]

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What Will Happen To Marijuana Convictions Now That It’s Legal?

A new Michigan bill would provide relief to people with low-level marijuana misdemeanor convictions. This includes convictions for marijuana use and possession of small amounts of marijuana. This law would automatically erase those convictions – people wouldn’t be forced to go through a court process to erase the convictions The bill would also provide a path for expungement (legal word for getting rid of a conviction) through the court process. Who Would This Help? There are currently 235,000 […]

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Federal Government To Resume Death Penalty Executions

It’s been 16 years since the federal government has carried out an execution. President Obama called for a review of execution policy and procedures following a botched 2014 execution in Oklahoma. The Department of Justice has said that review is completed and executions will resume. A new procedure for lethal injection will be put in place that replaces the drugs previously used with a single drug – pentobarbital. Federal Death Row The federal government has executed three people […]

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Will the New CATCH Program Decrease Sexual Assaults in the Military?

The Pentagon’s new program called the “Catch Program,” is aimed at catching repeat sexual predators with the use of the accuser’s information. The victims will not be required to file a formal report, instead the report will be restricted. Therefore, the complainant will not be subjected to the pressure and stress of a formal sexual harassment or sexual assault investigation. Accusers can provide demographic information about their attacker. For example, the attacker’s height, weight, ethnicity, identifying skin marks […]

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Ohio Doctor Accused of Killing 25 Patients by Fentanyl Overdose

Dr. William Husel was charged with the murder of 25 patients over the course of four years in Franklin County, Ohio. He is accused of prescribing high doses of fentanyl to chronically ill patients. He prescribed anywhere from 500 mg-2000 mg of fentanyl to a patient at a time. Dr. Husel’s attorney states his client’s intent was not to euthanize his patient’s, but to provide them with pain relief. The prosecutor, Ron O’Brien, states these doses of fentanyl […]

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People v. Campbell: Motor Carrier Officer’s Ability to Pull Over Vehicles in Carrying Concealed Weapons Case

In People v. Campbell out of Mackinac County, the Court of Appeals discusses the ability of Michigan State Police motor carrier officers to stop vehicles. The case also deals with carrying concealed weapons. Jason Campbell was charged with three counts of carrying a concealed weapon after being pulled over by a Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Officer (MCO). He fought the case, specifically challenging the MCO’s authority to make the initial stop and then to extend the stop. […]

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