A judge found that keeping indigent defendants on a waiting list for a free attorney for months or years violated the right to counsel under the Missouri Constitution, parallel to the Sixth Amendment.
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The trial of Alex Murdaugh, a South Carolina lawyer accused of murdering his wife and son, began on Monday with jury selection. The case has caught the attention of many interested in the Murdaugh family's connections, status in the community, and involvement in at least one mysterious death.
A defendant convicted of Medicaid fraud argues that the two-year sentence enhancement for identity theft under federal law should not apply to his case, which did not involve misrepresenting another person's identity.
The court determined that the law prohibiting secret recordings of phone calls covers parties to a call as well as third parties who are eavesdropping on it.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed felony charges against Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman based on a robocalling program that they operated in August.
The proposed law would criminalize the use or possession of cell phones by Vermont residents who are under 21.
Detroit police plan to use facial recognition technology to help investigate allegations of home invasions and certain violent crimes, despite concerns over accuracy and fairness.
The Metropolitan Detention Center (M.D.C.), a federal jail in Brooklyn, is the subject of a new lawsuit and will be toured by a federal judge and senior federal defender after a power outage caused corrections officials to reportedly hold inmates on at least partial lockdown for days with no heat. A different judge has ordered the jail to allow inmates to have visits with their lawyers, which were apparently canceled last week as well.
Two Florida district courts have reached clashing conclusions on whether a suspect in a criminal case can invoke the Fifth Amendment to withhold their iPhone passcode from law enforcement. In the older case, State of Florida v. Stahl, the court ruled that a criminal suspect does not have this right under the Constitution. (This case involved…
In October, Canada is set to legalize the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. Legalization theoretically could mean that American consumers could cross the border to consume marijuana in Canada and possibly bring it back to the U.S., but in reality this is unlikely to happen, at least for now. While some states…