Posted by & filed under Crime Related News, Sentencing.

    New Orleans-area Criminal Courts Trying to Help Troubled Veterans During the recent Veterans Day holiday, like most people in America, I was thinking about the plight of former soldiers. A large number of veterans are plagued by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and other mental-health issues. They are dealing with substance abuse, financial… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Case Law, Search and Seizure, The Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court.

  Supreme Court strikes down Los Angeles law allowing police to examine hotel registries without a warrant Last year I blogged about Los Angeles vs. Patel. In June of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down their decision.   The hoteliers took victory in the privacy-rights arena when the U.S. Supreme Court essentially struck… Read more »

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  Montgomery v. Louisiana: Retroactive Application of Miller v. Alabama Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court debated whether a 2012 decision (Miller v. Alabama) – which struck down state laws imposing a mandatory and automatic life sentence without parole on juvenile convicted of homicide – should apply retroactively. At the time, the decision was meant… Read more »

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  Defending Yourself Against Online Harassment Recently I spoke to high school educators and support staff on the topic of bullying, with emphasis on cyber-bullying. With each passing year since the advent of the Internet, cyber-bullying has become more and more common among today’s youths, particularly among junior high and high school students who have… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Drug Crimes, Federal Crimes, Legislative News, Sentencing.

  U.S. Senate and House Introduce Separate Versions of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015   Committees from both the U.S. Senate and the House have introduced bills that could reform federal sentencing. Below is a brief recap of each piece of legislation.   Senate Bill Reduces the enhanced penalties that apply to repeat… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Federal Crimes, Sentencing.

  What are the Federal Sentencing Guidelines? The federal sentencing guidelines are rules that federal judges are required to consider when sentencing someone who has been convicted of a crime.   These guidelines are written by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an independent government agency that is part of the judicial branch of the federal government…. Read more »

Posted by & filed under Federal Crimes, Sentencing.

  Sentencing Commission Overview of Federal Criminal Cases Fiscal Year 2014 The Sentencing Commission has published an overview of the 75,998 federal criminal cases in which the offender was sentenced in fiscal year 2014. Among these cases, 75,836 involved an individual offender and 162 involved a corporation/“organizational” offender. In fiscal year 2014:   24,011 drug… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Child Pornography Defense, Computer Crimes, Sex Crimes.

  Our Criminal Justice System Needs to Reevaluate How It Handles Child Sex Abuse Cases The news surrounding the recent child exploitation case against Jared Fogle – the face of the Subway fast-food chain for many years – is spurring debate about the rising trend of individuals who are suddenly popping up in the news… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Parole, Personal Musings.

  Resources for Finding Employment after Serving Time in Prison For some, finding employment after serving time is extremely challenging. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, federal laws don’t prohibit potential employers from asking about arrests and convictions. However, it’s unlawful to use criminality as the primary reason not to hire you. Several… Read more »