MARYLAND APPEALS THE DEATH PENALTY

Maryland became the eighteenth state to not have a death penalty. Under the leadership of Governor Martin O’Malley the legislature repealed the death penalty. Legislators gave four primary reasons for repealing the death penalty: It’s too expensive. You may assume that executing prisoners is more cost-effective than housing them for life. However, someone typically remains on death row for many years and will accrue massive legal bills in an effort to save his life. These costs can sometimes exceed the […] Read more »

JOE PATERNO, GUILTY?

The Freeh Report commssioned by the Board of Directors of Penn State University blamed the leadership of Penn State for failing to protect children on the campus from being molested by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky who was recently convicted of 45 counts of child molestation. Specifically the report by the former Federal Judge and FBI director, Lewis Freeh, pointed the finger at Head Football Coach Joseph V. Paterno, President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President-Finance and Business Gary […] Read more »

EDWARD LEE ELMORE RELEASED AFTER 30 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RAPE AND MURDER HE DID NOT COMMIT

Edward Lee Elmore was convicted of raping and murdering an elderly woman in 1982 in Greenwood, South Carolina. The only physical evidence supporting the conviction was “Negroid” public hair found on her abdomen. The hairs were found by the doctor performing the autopsy. He gave them to Earl Wells, an agent for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) who looked at them through a microscope and placed them in an envelope marked “Item T.” “Item T” was never given […] Read more »

COURT REVERSES RAPE CONVICTION FOR INCOMPETENCE OF COUNSEL

Jason Cornell was charged with two rapes in New York. One occurred in Monroe County. The other in Ontario County. He was tried and convicted on both of them in Ontario County. Both incidents occurred, with different women on narcotics buying trips from Watkins Glen in Schuyler County, New York, to Rochester in Monroe County, New York. His trial counsel failed to object to venue in Ontario County for the incident that occurred in Monroe County. The question before the […] Read more »

WARREN JEFFS SENTENCED TO 119 YEARS IN PRISON

Warren Jeffs , the head of the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter-day Saints was sentenced to 119 years in prison after he was convicted in Texas last week of two sexual assaults on underage members of his church who he took as “spiritual” wives. He was given a life sentence of 99 years committing an aggravated sexual assault on a 12 year and an additional 20 years to be served consecutively for a sexual assault on a girl who was […] Read more »

WARREN JEFFS CONVICTED

Warren Jeffs, the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, finally ended his silence at his trial for the rape of two young girls, Friday. He claimed that the two girls, one 12 and the other 14 were his spiritual wives. Jeffs, who fired his lawyers and is representing himself let go with a 55 minute rant when the prosecutor attempted to place into evidence a list of Jeffs’ wives. He objected to his religion being […] Read more »

COURT GRANTS WARREN JEFFS’ FARETTA MOTION TO REPRESENT HIMSELF

Texas District Court Judge Barbara Walther granted Warren Jeffs’ request to represent himself in his sexual assault trial. Before asking the court to let him represent himself, Jeffs fired his attorneys. This was the seventh set ofattrorneys he fired on the case. The court must grant a motion to represent oneself, known as a Faretta Motion if the request is made knowingly and intelligently and if the defendant is competent. Competence is a very low standard and it is rare […] Read more »

NEW MEXICO JUDGE ARRESTED FOR RAPING A PROSTITUTE AND WITNESS INTIMIDATION

Albuquerque’s chief criminal judge, Albert S. “Pat” Murdoch was arrested last week and charged with raping a prostitute as well as intimidating a witness. According to the prostitute he met her through an online ad she placed. He invited her over to his house and they met approximately eight times and he paid her approximately $200 each time. On one occasion, the prostitute said, he forced her to be the recipient of oral sex. She refused but he did it […] Read more »

SUPREME COURT DENIES IMMIGRANT DEATH PENALTY STAY

On July 7 Humberto Leal Garcia, a Mexican citizen was executed by the State of Texas for the rape, kidnapping, and murder of a 16 year old girl in 1994. Earlier on the seventh the Supreme Court refused to grant a temporary stay of the execution in order to grant Congress time to pass legislation implementing the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The International Court in Case Concerning Avena and other Mexican Nationals found the United States to be in […] Read more »

JUDGE DENIES DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN BAIL

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund and an expected candidate for president of France, was arrested in New York City and charged with sexually assaulting a housekeeper at his hotel. Judge Melissa C. Jackson, supervising judge of the Manhattan Criminal Court denied Strauss-Kahn bail at a hearing, Monday on the basis that he is a flight risk. The judge took note of the fact that he was arrested while on an Air France airplane within moments […] Read more »