Non Sequiturs: 03.10.19

* “I Thought I Could Be A Christian And Constitutionalist At Yale Law School. I Was Wrong.” So writes Aaron Haviland, a 3L at Yale Law School. [The Federalist] * But if you can survive YLS as a conservative, you might thrive in the world beyond — just ask Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who’s now …

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Supreme Court Denies Muslim Death Row Inmate’s Request for Imam at Execution

Despite Alabama prisons allowing Christian ministers and spiritual advisors to attend executions, and despite a last-minute appeal from a Muslim death row inmate to have his imam accompany him at his execution, and despite the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision to stay his execution in order to hear his First Amendment arguments, the Supreme …

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With Felony-Murder Rule Change, CA Starts to Release Some Inmates

In California, approximately 800 prisoners incarcerated for murder may soon be set free. Last fall, California legislature, joined by then-Governor Jerry Brown, passed SB 1437, a bill co-sponsored by Democratic State Senator Nancy Skinner and Republican State Senator John Anderson. This law significantly modifies California’s felony murder rule, and allows for retroactive resentencing. The law …

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Non Sequiturs: 01.06.19

* It’s baaack: partisan gerrymandering returns to the Supreme Court — and in the view of veteran SCOTUS watcher Amy Howe, it’s unlikely that the justices will duck the merits this time around. [SCOTUSblog] * Article III standing and the Stored Communications Act: Orin Kerr argues that it should be viewed through the lens of …

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3 Major Reforms in the New Criminal Justice Bill

The First Step Act, signed into law by President Trump last week, represents just that: a great first step towards criminal justice reform that altered federal sentences guidelines. While there are many other steps that need to be taken — especially at the state and local level — the bill will provide some major changes …

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Jury Recommends Life Sentence for Neo-Nazi Who Drove Into Crowd

A Charlottesville, Virginia jury recommended life plus 419 years in prison, to be served consecutively, for the self-avowed neo-Nazi who ran his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally last year, killing one and injuring 35 others. James Alex Fields, Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, was found guilty of murder for the …

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Michael Cohen, Trump’s Former Lawyer and Fixer, Is Going to Prison

Michael Cohen, the man who claims he covered up the president’s “dirty deeds,” was sentenced to three years in prison this morning for his role in funneling hush money to two Donald Trump mistresses in the run-up to the 2016 election. The former lawyer and “fixer,” also received a two-month sentence for lying to Congress …

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Feds Ask for ‘Substantial’ Prison Time for Michael Cohen

The whole idea of having a “fixer” is that the person keeps you out of trouble and doesn’t get caught doing it. It’s safe to say that former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen was not a great fixer. Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud in August, …

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