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  • “Best Interest” Plea Leaves Man with Four Life Sentences
    “Best Interest” Plea Leaves Man with Four Life Sentences

    Guilty pleas have become part and parcel of our criminal justice system . With more and more people being arrested and charged and fewer judges and court staff to handle them, prosecutors are more ...

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  • Sentence Must Match the Law, Judges Say
    Sentence Must Match the Law, Judges Say

    The justice system, here in Alabama and elsewhere in the world, is not always fair. We definitely have it much much better here than in places like Syria and Iran, but there are still injustices. In a ...

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  • How Does Civil Asset Forfeiture Work?
    How Does Civil Asset Forfeiture Work?

    The term “civil asset forfeiture” is quite a mouthful. The word “forfeiture” implies that something is being given up, but what exactly? Civil asset forfeiture is a process by which law enforcement ...

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  • Supreme Court Says Right to Privacy in a Rental Car not Limited to Driver
    Supreme Court Says Right to Privacy in a Rental Car not Limited to Driver

    Police stops make pretty much anyone nervous, but police make mistakes too. Sometimes, the police can try too hard to find a reason to make a stop. Even then, they can push too far and make a search ...

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  • Defendant Denied Due Process When Allowed to Withdraw from Mental Evaluation
    Defendant Denied Due Process When Allowed to Withdraw from Mental Evaluation

    An evaluation of a defendant’s mental capacity is an important protection in criminal cases. A defendant is mentally incompetent if he lacks sufficient ability to assist in his defense with a ...

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  • District Court does not have Authority to Order Discovery
    District Court does not have Authority to Order Discovery

    Discovery is a procedure in a lawsuit in which each party can obtain evidence from the other party before trial begins. It is important in any trial, but especially for defendants in criminal trials ...

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