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THE DEFENSE MOVES FOR AN ORDER TO EXCLUDE ANY REFERENCE TO THE DEFENDANT’S CRIMINAL HISTORY INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CONVICTIONS, CHARGES OR ACCUSATIONS, UNLESS THE DEFENDANT OPENS THE DOOR THERETO Misdemeanor conduct  Any act of misdemeanor misconduct that does not involve moral turpitude must be excluded as irrelevant.  The California Supreme Court has found that […]

“So flagrant became the political scandals that reputable men began to leave politics alone, and politics consequently became disreputable.” W. E. B. DuBois. “The Souls of Black Folk” Published in 1903.   Via Dennis Roberts, who said: Isn’t that a wonderful quote.  Have you ever read it.  I have a copy in my pile 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 […]

Life in Lockup: An In-depth Look at Reasons for Incarceration in the U.S. From:  http://www.criminaljusticedegreehub.com/incarceration-in-the-u-s/ Share this infographic on your site! Life in Lockup: An In-depth Look at Reasons for Incarceration in the U.S. The United States jails more of its citizens than any other country in the world. And the rate of incarceration has surged […]

Huffington Post What Is on the Horizon for Grand Jury Reform? (“The decisions by grand juries not to indict officers in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. and the Eric Brown chokehold case in Staten Island, N.Y., have spurred various proposals to reform grand juries. These calls are likely to increase if grand juries […]