201707.26
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Restoring Your Rights After a Conviction in Arizona

You might be aware that after a conviction, you lose certain civil rights. According to the Sentencing Project, over 6 million otherwise eligible voters in the United States no longer enjoy voting rights due to a felony conviction. As with many aspects of the justice system, African Americans are disproportionately affected by voter disenfranchisement, with 1…

Federal Prosecutor Resigns Over Misconduct
201707.15
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Federal Prosecutor Resigns Over Misconduct

Recently, I wrote about the problem of prosecutor misconduct. Now, a case out of Leavenworth prison demonstrates why we need a proactive approach to prosecutorial accountability. The investigation began when the judge ordered a special master to look into misleading and contradictory statements made by the prosecutors. It came to light that the attorney’s office had…

201706.30
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Exposing Insurance Companies Profiting Off the Bail System

A new ACLU and Color of Change report, “Selling Off Our Freedom: How Insurance Corporations Have Taken over Our Bail System” condemns for-profit businesses for their role in mass incarceration and racial inequality. How Does Bail Work? Most people know, either from experience or from reading the news, that people who are arrested might receive…

What happens if I’m arrested for a Drug DUI?
201706.14
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What happens if I’m arrested for a Drug DUI?

DUI is most commonly associated with alcohol. Most people are surprised to find out that DUI laws encompass impairment by drugs as well. “Even prescription drugs?” you ask, hypothetical reader I just made up. Yes, even prescription drugs. DUI-Drugs (“DUID”) have increased slightly over the past few years, as States have legalized marijuana for both…

201706.07
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How to Deal With Unethical Prosecutors

A colleague from Berkley School of Law recently shared his research paper, “Using Deterrence Theory to Promote Prosecutorial Accountability.” This has been a hot topic recently as media reports and entertainment both highlight unethical conduct by prosecutors. The judicial review process reveals instances of prosecutorial misconduct. But then what happens? Wrongful convictions, harsher sentencing, and…

201705.13
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Did President Trump Commit a Federal Crime?

President Trump made headlines yet again for a tweet. Despite how common that sentence is nowadays, this particular tweet made headlines due to its criminal law implications. My good friend and colleague Nick Verderame (https://plattner-verderame.com/attorneys/nick-verderame/) asked me if the President committed a crime. What did President Trump say? See for yourself: James Comey better hope…