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Top Federal prosecutor comments on "broken," "unjust," and "unsustainable" criminal justice system, proposes reforms

Attorney General commented that "too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good . . . reason." Proposes reform of mandatory minimums for drug crimes, increased compassionate release, and fewer Federal prosecutions o… Read More
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Indiana lawyer suspended for 'illegal alien' comment

Indiana lawyer suspended for commenting on immigration status of opposing party. Read More
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Elliot Abrams quoted in Lawyers Weekly article about representing students accused of university misconduct

A new law allowing students to hire attorneys for honor code proceedings "will hopefully restore a level of neutrality and fairness to a system that had become dominated by political pressures unrelated to the guilt or innocence of the accused." Read More
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Judge Rejects Prosecutors' Request for Long Imprisonment

While prosecutors sought 17+ year term of imprisonment judge sentenced former UBS employee to a term of 18 months. Read More
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North Carolina Consolidated Sentence Counts as One Prior Conviction for Federal Sentencing

For federal sentencing, a "consolidated sentence" from North Carolina court counts as single prior conviction. Read More
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Lawyers discuss problems with honest services wire fraud re: campaign contributions

A first amendment group and well-known San Francisco criminal defense attorney outline the vague nature of the "honest services" wire fraud doctrine as it applies to lobbying and campaign contributions and discuss how that uncertainty threatens to re… Read More
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North Carolina Legislative Ethics Committee Investigations

The North Carolina Legislative Ethics Committee is a committee of members of the North Carolina General Assembly. It has jurisdiction to investigate the conduct of legislators while acting in their official capacity, and its investigations can lead t… Read More
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Bradley Bannon Authors Op-Ed for N&O on Proposed Cuts to NC Prisoner Legal Services

In Bounds v. Smith, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states are constitutionally required to provide prisoners with “meaningful access” to the courts. The occasion for that ruling? North Carolina’s ongoing failure to provide that access. And a… Read More
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Statement of Economic Interest Form

In North Carolina, candidates for office and many government officials are required to file a Statement of Economic Interest form with the State Ethics Commission. These forms require disclosure of financial relationships and holdings in order for th… Read More
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State v Shannon

In 2004, with significant input from Academy members, the North Carolina General Assembly made historic changes to our state’s criminal pretrial discovery rules and established “open-file discovery.” Before these changes, prosecutors had wide d… Read More
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