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TrumpBeat: Immigration Arrests Are Swamping The Court System

Fri, 05/19/2017

Immigration: Adding to the backlog

Trump’s agenda may have gotten off to a slow start in Congress, but his administration has moved quickly in another area: immigration enforcement. Immigration arrests during Trump’s first 100 days were up 37.6 percent from the same period a year ago, according to a report released this week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Roughly 75 percent of those arrested had been convicted of non-immigration offenses, but approximately 10,800 were noncriminal arrests, up more than 150 percent percent from 2016.

Retrial: Did Michael Dunn kill Jordan Davis out of fear? Or loud music?

Mon, 09/22/2014

CNN; September 22, 2014

Was it fear for his own life that prompted Michael Dunn to fire 10 shots into an SUV, killing teenager Jordan Davis? Or was it contempt?

A Jacksonville, Florida, jury couldn't decide last February, getting hung after 30 hours' deliberation. So, on Monday, Dunn goes on trial again.

US legal system shifts away from treating eyewitness testimony as 'gold standard' of evidence

Mon, 04/21/2014

Fox News, April 18, 2014

Courts and legislatures are slowly shifting away from using eyewitness testimony as the gold standard of evidence. The reason: Studies show it's only right about half the time.

Unique skill set helps save man from death row

Fri, 03/21/2014

(CNN) -- Neil Kookoothe watched quietly as the state of Ohio killed James Filiaggi.

Kookoothe, a witness during Filiaggi's 2007 execution, saw the condemned man's face turn beet red as lethal fluid ran through his veins. Beads of sweat glistened on his forehead. Strapped to a table, his chest and stomach heaved three or four times, Kookoothe recalled. Then, at age 41, Filiaggi was gone.

The Seven Top Legal Stories of 2014

Tue, 12/10/2013

The New Yorker; December 10, 2013.  Posted by Jeffrey Toobin, guest speaker at The National Trial Lawyers' Trial Lawyers Summit in South Beach, Florida next month.

US Rests Case After Painting Boston Mobster as Cold-blooded Killer

Fri, 07/26/2013

Reuters; July 26, 2013

U.S. prosecutors paraded hit men, drug dealers, bookies, and cops from a bygone era before a jury, painting ex-mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger as a cold-hearted killer and a government snitch before wrapping up more than six weeks of testimony on Friday.

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