Category: Ethics

SC Murder Conviction Reversed

In State v. King, last week the SC Supreme Court reversed convictions for murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime because the trial court allowed the jurors to hear evidence of a previous, unrelated murder accusation. The Court of Appeals had remanded the case for a determination as to [..]

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Operation Streamline – the Beginning of the End of Due Process?

Operation Streamline is a program that will allow mass prosecutions of 100 or more immigrants a day in California – a process that has already been happening in other states like Arizona and Texas. That’s great, right? Zero tolerance = mass arrests and prosecutions. There is no other way to handle that volume of cases [..]

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Facebook, Social Media, and Attorney Ethics

The scary Facebook news just keeps coming. We all have friends who are threatening to cancel their Facebook account in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And now we learn that the social media company is tracking our phone calls and text messages. The company says the content of calls and messages is not [..]

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Police Officers Lie. Why Does it Matter?

People lie. Police officers are people. Therefore, police officers lie. It’s a simple exercise in logic, and it’s not in any way surprising. The first problem, of course, is that when cops lie, lives are destroyed. Innocent people go to jail. The public’s trust in the criminal justice system erodes and – as seems to [..]

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When God Tells the Judge that You are Not Guilty…

A judge in Texas interrupted deliberations to let a jury know that God wanted a not-guilty verdict. District Judge Jack Robison told jurors that the Creator of the Universe had told him to intervene on behalf of a woman accused of trafficking a teenage girl for sex. “When God tells me to do something, I [..]

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