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THE DEFENSE IS ENTITLED TO HAVE THE JURY USE ALL AVAILABLE RELEVANT FACTS TO GRADE THE QUALITY OF THE INVESTIGATION AND DECIDE IF THE POLICE DID A POOR JOB   In Kyles v. Whitley (1995) 514 U.S. 419, 445-449, the United States Supreme Court holds that the defense can attack the police in front of […]

THE HUMAN DIGNITY OF THE ACCUSED, AND THE FUNDAMENTAL DIGNITY OF THE COURT REQUIRE THAT DEFENDANT APPEAR WITHOUT RESTRAINTS AT TRIAL, ABSENT MANIFEST NECESSITY TO SHACKLE Many years ago, Blackstone wrote “though under an indictment of the highest nature, [the defendant] must be brought to the bar without irons or any manner of shackles or bonds, unless […]

boingboing FBI replies to Stingray Freedom of Information request with 5,000 blank pages (“The Stingray — a fake cellphone tower that gathers identity/location information on everyone who passes it — is the worst-kept secret in law enforcement, but that doesn’t stop feds from going to absurd lengths to pretend they don’t use them. We know […]

Paris Attacks Expected to Influence Boston Trial Will the “boston bomber” get a fair trial? “The slaughter of 12 people in Paris last week and the subsequent shootout that killed several hostages shocked the world, but it had particular resonance in this city, where a similarly horrific chain of events played out in the 2013 […]

Palestinians Submit Papers to U.N. to Join International Criminal Court (“The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad H. Mansour, formally submitted papers for the Palestinians to join the treaty creating the International Criminal Court, paving the way for the tribunal to potentially investigate serious crimes on Palestinian lands committed by either side in the […]