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Florida woman not allowed to claim “Stand Your Ground” against abusive husband is freed

  • Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville, Florida, woman jailed in 2012 over a warning shot she fired to defend herself from an attack by her abusive husband, was freed from house arrest Friday.
  • According to the anti-violence initiative Survived and Punished, Alexander has completed two years of court-ordered home confinement, after she served nearly three years in state prison on weapons and assault charges. 
  • In 2014, following an appeal of her conviction in a jury trial, Alexander accepted a plea deal to avoid a potential 60 years behind bars. Read more.

Dylann Roof trial begins; jury is made up of 3 black people and 9 white people

  • On Wednesday, just before opening statements began in Roof’s capital hate crimes trial, federal prosecutors and the defense team chose three black jurors and nine white jurors to sit on the panel of 12. 
  • A group of six alternates is composed of two black and four white jurors, according to an official courtroom pool report provided to members of the press by the Charleston Post and Courier.
  • That’s nearly proportional to the make up of Charleston, which is 70% white and 25% black, according to the United States Census Bureau.
  • Roof, 22, has pleaded not guilty to a 33-count federal indictment Read more

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[T]here’s no such thing as rights. They’re imaginary… In 1942 there were 110,000 Japanese-American citizens – in good standing, law abiding people – who were thrown into internment camps simply because their parents were born in the wrong country. That’s all they did wrong. They had no right to a lawyer, no right to a fair trial, no right to a jury of their peers, no right to due process of any kind. The only right they had was “Right this way!” into the internment camps. Just when these American citizens needed their rights the most their government took them away – and rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country is a bill of TEMPORARY privileges.

Airbnb and other companies have a legal trick for avoiding racial discrimination lawsuits

Airbnb just dodged a major bullet. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper ruled that plaintiff Gregory Selden — who sued Airbnb for racial discrimination after a host rejected him, allegedly based on his race — couldn’t bring the case to a jury trial. He can’t bring a class action either. Why? Because he, perhaps unbeknownst to him, already agreed not to.

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tbh one of my favorite concepts in ace attorney worldbuilding is the idea of apollo meeting franziska and he expects her to be her usual insulting, whip-wielding self that he’s heard horror stories about

only for her to do a 180 on him and treat him decently, whether it’s because she’s aware of all the shit he’s been through or if she’s doing it as a roundabout way to screw with pheonix’s head or some combination of the two

and at first apollo wonders if the stories were exaggerated, only to see her pull her usual acts with other people, leaving him very confused

In 2002, Declan Lyons’ body was discovered outside the restaurant he worked - he had been shot through the head. For weeks, the case went unsolved - Lyons was a popular guy and apparently had no enemies. The murder seemed motiveless. A month after the discovery, Isaac Turnbaugh, a co-worker of Lyons, admitted that he had killed Lyons after taking mushrooms at a party. He also admitted that he was behind the 9/11 attacks. Unfortunately, this was brought up during his trial and the jury believed that the confession was just the drugs talking and acquitted him. The case went unsolved until 2011, when, apparently racked with guilt, Turnbaugh handed himself into the police and confessed that he had indeed killed Lyons. Regardless of this, due to “double jeopardy” Turnbaugh cannot be tried for the same crime twice and still remains a free man.

ELI5: During a police interrogation, can you actually get away with not saying anything until you're provided with a lawyer?

Depends on where you live, but I assume you are talking about the United States.

In the US, the sixth amendment to the constitution says the following:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Brewer v. Williams (1979) held that once adversarial proceedings have begun against a defendant, he has a right to legal representation when the government interrogates him.

So basically, yes, it works like it does on TV. At least, it does in the States.

Now, in practical matters, the police are allowed to lie to you. There’s nothing stopping them from trying to convince you that you don’t need a lawyer. You could say to them something like “I think I need a lawyer,” and they could say something like “Why do you need a lawyer? Lawyers are for bad guys. You aren’t a bad guy, are you? We just want to get a bit of information”

Explain Like I`m Five: good questions, best answers.

just watched tangled and it’s a cute movie and all but apparently rapunzel’s parents were considered a “good” king and queen, except they were apparently totally down to hang eugene for stealing? after he was turned in by two vigilantes, who were also co-conspirators, imprisoned without a conviction, and then sentenced to death with no legal representation or fair trial by jury? he didn’t even get to make a statement before the king & queen, or, idk, head of state or whatever? maybe the disney pope? if the rulers were so “good” then who in the heck is really running the justice system in corona because it seems like a disgrace to me. why are they turning a blind eye to this corruption, where is the justice I ask you,

(4/4) “When Donald finally got caught, they offered him a plea deal so I wouldn’t have to go to jail. But he refused it. He told my cousin: ‘If I can’t have her, nobody will.’ They arrested me at the courthouse on the same day Donald refused his deal. The public defender told me to sign a plea bargain. He told me no jail time. But at the sentencing, I heard the judge mention jail and I panicked. When the judge asked me if I’d been promised anything in exchange for the deal, I said: ‘Yes!’ The prosecutor was so mad. She thought I made her look bad. She pushed for a life sentence at trial. The jury never heard about the abuse. They only heard about the drugs. They didn’t realize that the true victims were me, my children, and my brother. I’ve been in prison for twenty years now. But this has a happy ending. And I swear, when I agreed to this interview, I didn’t even know this yet. But President Obama just granted me clemency. And I’m going home.” (Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn)

captian-hannah-kirk  asked:

OK maybe I'm just stupid but Peter scanavino guest started in season 14 episode 13 as a different character (not Carisi) and I just I just need explanation

Peter was also in a Criminal Intent episode (Diamond Dogs S05E02) and Trial by Jury (Boys Will be Boys S01E12). 

Why does Law & Order do this? I have no idea. But they are fairly infamous for repurposing actors. And yeah, it can be kind of confusing sometimes. 

For instance, Michael Chernus plays Bella’s fiance, Tommy Sullivan in the episode Parole Violations (S16E17). However, in Educated Guess (S13E08) he also played a patient in a mental hospital named Jay Delaney. 

Also, Raul was in an episode of Criminal Intent (Ladies Man S08E11) and the mothership (Blackmail S20E12). 

(Also - you are not stupid! It is just a weird quirk of the show)

Manara Library Volume 2: El Gaucho and Other Stories TP

Hugo Pratt (W) and Milo Manara (A/Cover)
On sale July 12 • FC, 280 pages • $29.99 • TP, 8” x 10”
The second volume of Manara Library, in a paperback edition at last!
This volume features the enthralling historical epic El Gaucho, the second of Manara’s storied collaborations with his mentor, Hugo Pratt, as well as Trial by Jury, a series of captivating shorts in which some of history’s most notorious figures undergo mock trials.
The only comprehensive English collection of Manara’s work.