- Published on Sunday, 25 November 2012 05:45
The Plain Dealer November 24, 2012, http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/11/voters_misjudgments_on_judges.html
Greater Cleveland voters have a long history of making big mistakes in judicial elections. But in two contests decided Nov. 6, they outdid themselves. They did it by ousting two incumbents -- one from each political party -- who were challenged by opponents with credentials so inferior that no rational erson could justify the outcome.
- Published on Sunday, 25 November 2012 03:13
- Published on Saturday, 24 November 2012 05:55
WSJ 23 Nov 2012 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443624204578058872890444016.html
Two recent Supreme Court decisions helped win freedom for a California man who was given a 25-year minimum sentence after pleading guilty to passing a bad check, the latest development in a legal re-evaluation of the rights of defendants who engage in plea bargains.
In late September, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a hearing into possible missteps by an attorney representing Tyrone W. Miles.
Mr. Miles had alleged he received inadequate legal counsel when he cut a deal with state prosecutors in 2005 for using a bogus $474 check in a convenience store in Hanford, the central-California town where he lived.
As a result, the 42-year-old Navy veteran said he lost out on a plea bargain that would have given him a six-year sentence instead of the 25 years to life he received when he later did plead guilty under California's so-called "three strikes" law for repeat offenders.
- Published on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 03:09
After spending almost 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of Mary Bell, George Allen was set free Wednesday.
- Published on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 03:01
SisterHelen Prejean, 73, anti-death penalty advocate and author of "Dead Man
Walking," which was made into a movie in 1995 of the same name, was in Houston for the 10th anniversary of GRACE, the Gulf Region Advocacy Center, which represents low-income death-penalty defendants at no cost. She spoke with Houston Chronicle reporter Harvey Rice about her passion for her cause.
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