Category Archives: Criminal Law

Exoneree Anthony Graves Speaks Out Against Request to Expedite Death Penalty in Texas

Anthony Graves was incarcerated for 18 years—12 of which were spent on death row—before a federal court overturned his capital murder conviction in 2010. Texas courts had previously rejected all of his appeals. Graves’ case is a prime example of how state courts can make an incorrect decision about a case, and how the protection of federal reviews can save a person’s life—like it did for Graves. Last week, Texas renewed its request to “opt in” to a federal law that would expedite the death penalty by shortening the legal process and limiting appeals options. While proponents of this law claim that it would save the state time and money, it greatly increases the chances of executing an innocent person because it often takes years for lawyers representing those on death row to uncover evidence of innocence. In speaking out against the approval of this law, Graves told the Texas Tribune, “If it were up to the state itself, I would….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Kramer et al. on The Death Penalty in Pennsylvania

John H. Kramer, Jeffery Todd Ulmer and Gary Zajac (Pennsylvania State University – Department of Sociology and Criminology, Penn State University and Pennsylvania State University – Justice Center for Research) have posted Capital Punishment Decisions in Pennsylvania: 2000-2010: Implications for….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Aging and DUI: How Getting Older Affects Your Driving

You have always prided yourself on being a good driver. You’ve always been careful with consuming alcohol before getting behind the wheel; you know your limits and you err on the side of caution. You’ve had a safe driving record for the past 50 years—only an occasional speeding ticket. You’ve never had a DUI, never been arrested. One night, you go to a restaurant with friends and you have the same glass of your favorite wine that you’ve enjoyed for years—the same glass of wine you’ve always been able to enjoy without it affecting your driving ability. But on your way home, you see a policeman’s lights in your rearview mirror. You pull over; the officer tells you that you were weaving, asks for your license and registration, then asks you to get out of the car. Before you realize what’s happening, you’ve been arrested on suspicion of DUI. How did this happen? You’re always so careful. Continue reading.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee Exonerated Today After Wrongly Serving Over 24 Years

(Paterson, NJ – April 6, 2018) Today, Innocence Project client Eric Kelley and Centurion client Ralph Lee were exonerated of their 1996 felony murder and robbery convictions, marking the end in their fight for justice of more than 24 years. In September 2017, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge vacated the convictions based on DNA evidence identifying another suspect. The post-conviction DNA testing of a hat recovered at the scene that the prosecution long maintained had been worn by the assailant excluded both Kelly and Lee and matched to another man who had recently been released from prison for committing a similar crime. Kelley and Lee were released on bail shortly after, with the prosecution appealing both the decision and their release. However, in March 2018, the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division unanimously affirmed the decision by Paterson Superior Court Judge Joseph Portelli vacating the convictions. “Today was an unexpected, but….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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SISTEMAS DE PENSIONES Y DAVID TUESTA

"Se dará dinero si  genera riqueza" (David Tuesta dixit) siendo "riqueza" un concepto que supera su concepto primitivo, es decir, doy plata para que produzca más plata, los resultados de la educación "riqueza futura" NO se pueden medir monetariamente, sino por la cosecha de quince años por lo menos de desarrollo (siembra) educativo. Esta declaración suena lógica especialmente en un País donde lo común, normal, cotidiano es la falta de respeto a la Ley y a nuestros deberes como humanos pues, mientras seamos mortales, es necesario preocuparse en lo que dejaremos a nuestra descendencia. Ahora bien, la falta de respeto e inobservancia de la Ley por todos los peruanos, empezando por los ricos, es el resultado de centurias del comportamiento y quién, como el señor Tuesta David, declara: "Se dará dinero si  genera riqueza" demuestra su absoluta….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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