By Sushila Rao In what Egyptian activists condemn as the latest in a series of acquittals and lenient sentences for policemen accused of the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising, a court in Egypt has handed down suspended one-year sentences to 11 policemen accused of killing 22 protesters and wounding 44 others on 28 January 2011—the deadliest day of the … [Read more...] about Egyptian Policemen who Killed 22 People Given Suspended Sentences
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By Najah Farley On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued two rulings that give criminal defendants “a constitutional right to a competent lawyer’s advice when deciding to accept a plea bargain.” Justice Kennedy, noting that over 90% of all criminal cases, both state and federal, end in plea bargains, Justice Kennedy stated that the negotiation of the plea … [Read more...] about SCOTUS Weighs in on Plea Bargaining – But do the Decisions “Crash the Justice System”?
By David Yin In last week’s post, I wrote about how “perfect plaintiffs” can be outcome-determinative to the resolution of a case, or the crafting of a rule. Today we return to Dale Carpenter’s book Flagrant Conduct on Lawrence v. Texas,and the importance of a “perfect prosecution.” In some cases where plaintiffs seek to challenge unjust laws, the challenge might be that … [Read more...] about “Flagrant Conduct” and the Perfect Prosecution Part 2