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Do Affirmances Take Longer in Automatic Death Penalty Appeals (2008-2016)?

by Sedgwick LLP on

For the past several weeks, we’ve been comparing the Court’s lag times – time to oral argument, and then oral argument to decision – for affirmances as opposed to reversals. We’ve determined that affirmances tend to take...more

Do Affirmances Take Longer in Automatic Death Penalty Appeals (2000-2007)?

by Sedgwick LLP on

We’ve been reviewing the data for lag time from grant of review to oral argument to decision in criminal cases, dividing the data up to separate non-death and death penalty appeals, searching for an explanation of why lag...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #4

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in the following case today: Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, No. 15-1391: Five businesses in New York, petitioners here, wanted to pass along the...more

Closing the Courtroom? Second Circuit Reluctantly Approves, Reminds Lower Courts to Create a Clear Record

In Moss v. Colvin, 15-2272, the Second Circuit (Katzmann, Wesley, Carney) issued a per curiam decision affirming the denial by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Crotty, J.) of the petitioner’s...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 62-67

by Lewitt Hackman on

This is part three of our ongoing series, California Ballot 2016, summarizing each of the 17 state-wide measures voters will encounter on the November ballot. Click these links: Props 51-56, or Props 57-61 to catch up on the...more

Social Media Research After Voir Dire – The Jodi Arias Case

Forward-thinking attorneys are utilizing social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to perform preliminary jury research during voir dire, but what happens after the jury is empanelled? Courts...more

Supreme Court Rules that Pennsylvania Justice's Previous Involvement in Case Represented an Impermissible Risk of Bias

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In a recent opinion, Williams v. Pennsylvania, --- S.Ct. ----, 2016 WL 3189529 (June 9, 2016), a divided United States Supreme Court held that judges must recuse themselves in cases in which they previously played a...more

Supreme Court Says Prosecutors Can’t Judge the Cases They Prosecute

by Brooks Pierce on

Not all of the justices would put it that way. To be fair to the dissenters, and because his version is shorter, we’ll use Justice Thomas’s description of the underlying facts from his dissent in Williams v. Pennsylvania,...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #2

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on June 9, 2016: - Dietz v. Bouldin, No. 15-458: An automobile accident case went to a jury trial in federal district court. Respondent Hillary...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on June 6, 2016: Simmons v. Himmelreich, No. 15-109: Respondent Walter Himmelreich, an inmate at a federal prison, brought two suits against prison...more

The Supreme Court - May 2016 #4

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on May 31, 2016: Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes, No. 15-290: Three mining companies sought a permit under the Clean Water Act seeking to...more

Supreme Court Decides Foster v. Chatman

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided Foster v. Chatman, No. 14-8349, holding that it was clearly erroneous for a state habeas court to decide that a criminal defendant failed to show purposeful...more

Ending the Death Penalty in WHS Matters

by K&L Gates LLP on

Despite the fact that Australia has not executed anyone for a crime since February 1967, a recent coronial decision has lamented the willingness by some businesses to continuing with the death penalty for WHS matters. The...more

The Connecticut Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and Pope Francis all address the death penalty

by Melito & Adolfsen on

Are alleged sentencing arbitrariness in death penalty cases and a shift in public opinion setting the death penalty on the road to the U.S. Supreme Court? Last year, of the 31 states that allow capital punishment only seven...more

Focus on China - October 2015

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Welcome to the third issue of Focus on China Compliance for 2015. According to the FCPA Blog’s October 2015 Corporate Investigations List, China leads the countries reported to be involved in FCPA investigations with 29...more

Business Litigation Report - September 2015

Alleging Fraud in a Financial Crisis: The Second Circuit Articulates a Less Stringent Pleading Standard for Loss Causation: Loss causation has emerged as a central obstacle to post-financial-crisis fraud cases. The loss...more

NC Legislative Update for July 2015 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - It has been two weeks since conferees were appointed and the status of the State’s biennial budget remains uncertain. While some informal negotiations have occurred, there has been no indication that...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Complaint Claims Judge Is a Bigot

by Bloomberg Law on

June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg News Editor-At-Large Bill Rochelle talks with Sarah Kopit about the judicial misconduct complaint against Texas federal appeals judge Edith Hollan Jones, the bankruptcies of Jefferson County,...more

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