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.
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Five Strong Amicus Briefs Filed in the Supreme Court Supporting Review in the Jeffrey Epstein Victim Case
The congressional sponsors of the Crime Victims Rights Act and prominent groups concerned about crime victims' rights urge the Supreme Court to grant certiorari.
Was it Lawful for the Justice Department to Reach a Secret Non-Prosecution Agreement with Jeffrey Epstein Without Telling His Victims?
My cert petition to the U.S. Supreme Court asks it review the Eleventh Circuit en banc's decision concluding that Epstein's victims cannot enforce their right to confer with prosecutors under the Crime Victims' Rights Act because the Department never formally filed charges against Epstein.
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.
While a new report released today by the Council on Criminal Justice downplays the role anti-police protests played in last year's unprecedented homicide spike, a decline in pro-active policing following the protests remains the most likely cause.
In an amicus brief for leading crime victims' rights organizations, I explain why ex-FBI lawyer Clinesmith's crime of altering an email as part of an effort to renew a warrant to surveil Dr. Carter Page made Page a "victim" under the Crime Victims' Rights Act.
My op-ed summarizes my new research paper, which explains how a decline in proactive policing following anti-police protests is producing the startling rise in homicides around the country.
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.
Look for the full appellate court to send the case back to the trial court - which is where it belongs.
A "Minneapolis effect" from lack of policing is a possible explanation for the startling 37% increase in murders in major cities in recent weeks.
Recent data from Minneapolis show an increase in shooting crimes but not other crimes, the same pattern as in Chicago in 2016. The likely reason is a reduction in police street stops, just as in Chicago in 2016.
A 2-1 ruling concludes that the district court cannot even hold a hearing on the subject.
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.
Crime Victim's Petition for Rehearing En Banc Just Filed in the Eleventh Circuit Jeffrey Epstein Case
Epstein's victims ask the full Court to rehear this case, which upholds concealing "secret" non-prosecution agreements from crime victims.
An appeal by the team stands a very good chance of success, as many disputed facts need to be assesed by a jury--including admissions of unequal pay made by U.S. Soccer.
The Eleventh Circuit Concludes That Jeffrey Epstein's Florida Victims Had No Rights Under the Crime Victims' Rights Act.
While calling the secret non-prosecution agreement of Epstein a "national disgrace," the Eleventh Circuit holds that the CVRA only extends victims' rights after an indictment. We will ask for rehearing en banc.
The President of U.S. Soccer resigns last night--in no small part because of bad lawyering.
A reanalysis of data from the Cook County courts suggests that as more defendants were released before trial, more crimes resulted
The Court acknowledges that crime victims and their families have important interests in the timely enforcement of capital sentences -- and encourages lower courts to prevent "dilatory" tactics.
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.
The new law will help victims of child pornography crimes receive full restitution from convicted defendants who have harmed them.
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.
Strong originalist arguments exist for overruling the dual sovereign doctrine in a case being argued before the Supreme Court today.
My case involving Weldon Angelos illustrates the problem with "stacking" federal mandatory minimum gun charges from a single episode. The statute will apparently soon be amended to become a true recidivism statute.
My co-authored amicus brief urges the Supreme Court to review the issue of whether Arizona can deny bail to accused sex offenders where "proof" of sexual assault "is evident or the presumption great."
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
My co-authored amicus brief urges the Supreme Court to bring an end to decades-long abusive litigation by convicted murderer Russell Bucklew.
Prosecutors in southern Utah have argued that they can prove that the closing of a corral gate was the crime of attempted wanton destruction of livestock by pointing to a defendant's membership in a conservation organization. Today I argue to the Utah Court of Appeals that it should review the First Amendment implications of the prosecutors' maneuver.
The Attorney General approvingly discussed my article linking the dramatic decline in street stops in Chicago under an ACLU agreement and the subsequent homicide spike. While Professor John Rappaport has a different take on this "ACLU Effect," his unsupported analysis does not fit the data.
Some additional thoughts about how a 2015 ACLU consent decree with the Chicago Police Department contributed to the 2016 homicide spike--responding to tweets from Professor John Pfaff and to comments from the ACLU.
That the judge supported the gymnastic victims in being heard should be a cause for celebration, not concern--and ample caselaw makes clear that it was entirely within the boundaries of proper judicial behavior.