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Akron Law Announces New Criminal Expungement Clinic

January 27, 2011

Yesterday, Akron Law announced its new clinic program, the Akron Law Criminal Expungement Clinic. Aviva Wilcher, an Akron Law graduate, will direct the program and Professor J. Dean Carro will oversee the program. The Clinic is funded from a $10,000 grant from the City of Akron. Under the direction of Wilcox and Carro, Akron Law [...]

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Anthony Sowell Case Expenditures – Do the Trial Right the First Time, or Don’t Seek Death

October 17, 2010

TO THE AKRON LAW CAFEFrom: Margery Koosed (Margery Koosed is a Professor of Law at University of Akron School of Law) andPhyllis L. Crocker (Phyllis L. Crocker is Interim Dean and Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall Law School, Cleveland State University) Fairness Costs Money

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8 Ohioans Exonerated due to the Innocence Project

February 12, 2010

The Innocence Project recently released a report, 250 Exonerated: Too Many Wrongfully Convicted, which details 250 exoneration cases and includes statistics on common causes of the wrongful convictions.   The organization has only been around since 1992 but has help free 250 individuals who have all been wrongfully convicted but later declared innocent by the courts.  [...]

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More Corporate Rights, Less Corporate Responsibility

January 30, 2010

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9/11 Plotters to Face Death Penalty in New York Federal Court

November 14, 2009

     Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to try five prisoners in the war on terror, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, on criminal charges in New York for the attacks of September 11.  They will face the death penalty.

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Blue Collar Jury Sympathizes with Bear Stearns Execs

November 12, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the pending criminal trial of former Bear Stearns executives Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin on charges they defrauded investors in connection with the failure of their hedge funds.  While I did not agree with those who characterized the case as one of "spin versus fraud", I did [...]

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Thousands of cases thrown out

October 30, 2009

But this time it's not because of a technicality. A Pennsylvania judge has been sending children to jail on first-time misdemeanor offenses in order to provide financial support to the for-profit prison company that paid him millions under the table. Can you imagine losing two years of your childhood at the age of twelve for [...]

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The ABA Ohio Death Penalty Report: Innocence and E-Discovery

September 22, 2009

On Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 The Akron Bar Association and The University of Akron School of Law presents The ABA Ohio Death Penalty Report:  Innocence and E-Discovery.  Seventeen years after Robert McClendon was sentenced to life in prison for alleged rape, a joint investigation by the Ohio Innocence Project and the Columbus Dispatch led to [...]

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Ohio Attorney General Provides Assistance to Crime Victims

September 4, 2009

Sometimes I am amazed at what I find when helping patrons.  Here is one of those âgems of information.â Innocent victims of violent crime can apply online on the Attorney Generalâs web site for compensation of up to $50,000 in expenses.  There are strict guidelines of course.

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The Anatomy of a Trial

August 7, 2009

Sometimes when I am helping library users, they ask for a âsimpleâ description of what happens in a trial.  Cases can get complicated very quickly and  if you are litigating your own case, you need to know what the next step is to prepare your case properly.  Today I am providing links to websites that [...]

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Are You Ready for the New Federal Litigation Time Computation Rules?

June 2, 2009

     Get ready for new methods of computing time periods in federal court litigation.  On March 26, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court  approved proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Bankruptcy Procedure, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Procedure that will change many time periods set out in these rules and will also change the [...]

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Cruel and unusual?

May 6, 2009

Criminal law is not my area, but the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two cases. In one, "a minor was given a life prison sentence for a crime in which the victim was not killed.  The Court became aware last October that a case on that issue was on its way â the case [...]

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