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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 01-04-21)

2 Judges On How Better Sentencing Data Could Make Meaningful Criminal Justice Reform "NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Judge Pierre Bergeron and Justice Michael Donnelly on the lack of sentencing data available to judges, leaving them with power to make often inequitable decisions."

2021 Forecast: White-Collar Practices Will Be at the Whims of the Pandemic "For practical purposes and investigatory impetus, white-collar lawyers will be subject to the ups and downs of the pandemic in the coming year."

First Circuit Appeals Court Reaffirms Its 2011 Decision: The First Amendment Protects The Recording Of Cops "More than a decade ago, Simon Glik was arrested by Boston police officers for the 'crime' of recording them in public. This was made possible by a law passed in the mid-60s, which turned Massachusetts into a 'two-party' recording state. Unless the person doing the recording has the consent of the person being recorded, it's a violation of the state's wiretap law."

The Supreme Court considers when the U.S. can judge other nations’ human rights violations "The German government argues that, because of circumstances at the time, the Nazis actually negotiated and paid a fair price for the artworks, and that, in any case, FSIA does not cover allegedly unlawful seizures entirely within a single country and among its own citizens, as opposed to say, confiscation of a foreign-owned factory."

‘Lawyers Know Better’: Criticizing Lawyers for Defending Unpopular Clients Is Risky, ‘Disturbing’ "Without able lawyers willing to represent both sides of a legal dispute, our legal system cannot function at its best." 

Supremely Notable: Biggest SCOTUS Moments of 2020 (PODCAST) "From impeachment to historic pandemic-driven change to losing a justice to gaining a new one—it’s been an extraordinary year for the U.S. Supreme Court. Bloomberg Law 'Cases and Controversies' hosts Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin round up the biggest moments in their year-end podcast."

Maryland Appeals Court Allows Rap Lyrics Used in Murder Trial "Should someone’s creative work be used against them in a criminal trial? That was the question presented before the Maryland Court of Appeals earlier this year after rap lyrics sang in a jailhouse phone call were part of the state’s effort to convict Lawrence Montague of murder."

Supreme Court Case During the Pandemic? Landline Essential, Business Suit Optional "Freed from the decorous norms of appearing in person, high-court advocates wrestle with how to argue their cases remotely; ‘I practice law better when dressed as a lawyer.’"

Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects' alibis "Looser privacy standards for vehicle data are a treasure chest of data for law enforcement."

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