In my Supreme Court amicus brief for the victim's family in Oklahoma v. Richard Glossip, I argue that the Oklahoma Attorney General's unfounded confession of "error" should not dictate the case's outcome.
After an array of botched and unsuccessful executions, the state's Department of Corrections says its ready to start executing inmates again.
Meg Garvin, John Yoo, and I argue to the California Supreme Court that L.A. District Attorney George Gascon is not free to ignore the commands of California's Three Strikes Law.
Today's oral argument in Counterman v. Colorado--the "true threats" case--highlights the importance of protecting stalking victims from objectively threatening communications.
The Appellate Court of Maryland rules that the rights of the victim's family must be respected in any process that could vacate Mr. Syed's conviction—an important precedent that crime victims' rights are enforceable.
In rebuking the legislation, the president showed that he may not know what's in it.
The families argue that they should have been given an opportunity to confer with prosecutors under the Crime Victims' Rights Act before Boeing's deferred prosecution agreement was finalized.
Judge O'Connor Rules that the Boeing 737 MAX Crashes Victims' Families Cannot Enforce Their Right to Confer with Prosecutors
While expressing great sympathy for the victims' families, Judge O'Connor concludes that no remedy is available for the Justice Department's failure to enforce the families' right to confer under the Crime Victims' Rights Act.
The article explains how the federal Crime Victims' Rights Act and other crime victim protections contain a broad definition of the term "victim."
"Under the new rule, the State would have been able to prolong the botched execution process indefinitely," the Equal Justice Initiative wrote in a press release.
The Arizona Supreme Court becomes the first state Supreme Court to thoroughly incorporate crime victims' rights in its rules of criminal procedure. Others should follow.
While the pause comes as a relief to those opposed to the death penalty, Ivey's full-throated defense of the practice makes it clear that she seeks only a temporary pause in executions, not an end to the policy.
The FBI changed the way it compiles data, and reporting law-enforcement agencies have yet to catch up.
Some conservative media outlets and politicians lambast the practice. But if you care about public safety, that opposition doesn't make sense.
It would be far easier to prosecute sex trafficking if voluntary sex work were legal.
Plus: The wage premium from having a college degree is falling, study finds black access to firearms reduced lynchings during Jim Crow, and more...
The Utah Supreme Court Holds that Crime Victims Can Intervene in Criminal Cases to Protect Their Rights
The Court agrees with my argument that crime victims can become "limited-purpose parties" in criminal proceedings to protect their interests, such as an interest in the confidentiality of mental health counseling records.
My filings yesterday on behalf of the fifteen families who lost loved ones in the Boeing 737 MAX crashes explains why the Justice Department could not keep victims' families in the dark when it negotiated its immunity deal with Boeing.
The Eleventh Circuit Rules Against Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Abuse Victims' Efforts to Rescind His Secret Plea Deal
The en banc ruling calls the sordid deal a "national disgrace" but concludes the courts are powerless to enforce crime victims' rights in pre-charging situations--a disturbing ruling that I hope will be quickly overturned.
The Eleventh Circuit Grants Rehearing En Banc on the Victims' Challenge to Epstein's Non-Prosecution Agreement
The full Court will consider whether Jeffrey Epstein's victims can argue for invalidating the immunity provisions in the Epstein deal.
How Should Judge Sullivan Determine if the Government's Motion to Dismiss the Michael Flynn Case is Appropriate?
This "victimless" crime is a curious one for close judicial scrutiny of a Government motion to dismiss--closer scrutiny should be reserved for cases in which crime victims have a clear interest.
The congressional co-sponsors of the Crime Victims' Rights Act (Senator Feinstein and former Senators Kyl and Hatch) and the National Crime Victim's Law Institute both file amicus briefs supporting rehearing en banc.
Chicago Judge Says His Bail Reforms Were a Success. But Independent Reviews Show Flaws and More Crimes.
Did Cook County overdo it and let too many dangerous defendants free?
The state’s new rules requiring information-sharing with defense lawyers are not to blame here.
Corrections Officers, Jurors, and the Families of Nick Sutton's Victims Want Him Taken Off Death Row
The Tennessee death row inmate "has gone from a life-taker to a life-saver."
An Ohio City Is Declaring Itself a 'Crime Victim' of a False Police Report and Demanding Restitution
Ohio's Marsy’s Law has the potential to be abused for municipal cash grabs.
Courts struck down Marsy’s Law last year. Lawmakers want to bring it back.
Today a federal judge held that federal prosecutors concealed from the victims the non-prosecution agreement with Jeffrey Epstein -- in violation of the Crime Victims Rights Act. Now the issue is what remedy exists.
In a case I'm working on, Jeffrey Epstein's victims hope to set aside a non-prosecution agreement based on violations of their rights under the Crime Victims' Rights Act.
On Tuesday, voters in six states approved Crime Victims' Rights Amendments, continuing a long-term trend towards expanding the crime victim's role in the criminal justice process