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"'Serial' turned speculation about Mr. Syed’s guilt and whether he had received a fair trial into something of a nationa...
07/01/2016
Adnan Syed, of ‘Serial’ Podcast, Gets a Retrial in Murder Case

"'Serial' turned speculation about Mr. Syed’s guilt and whether he had received a fair trial into something of a national pastime in 2014. The show was downloaded more than 100 million times and won a Peabody Award for its role in illuminating flaws in the criminal justice system."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/us/serial-adnan-syed-new-trial.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

A Maryland judge made his decision in the case of Mr. Syed, who has served 16 years of a life sentence after he was convicted of the 1999 killing of his ex-girlfriend.

In a dissent that cited W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Justice Sotomayor said the court had vastl...
06/22/2016
Supreme Court Says Police May Use Evidence Found After Illegal Stops

In a dissent that cited W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Justice Sotomayor said the court had vastly expanded police power.

“The court today holds that the discovery of a warrant for an unpaid parking ticket will forgive a police officer’s violation of your Fourth Amendment rights,” she wrote. “Do not be soothed by the opinion’s technical language: This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification and check it for outstanding traffic warrants — even if you are doing nothing wrong."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/21/us/supreme-court-says-police-may-use-evidence-found-after-illegal-stops.html?_r=0

In a fiery dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the decision allowed the discovery of a warrant for a parking ticket to forgive Fourth Amendment violations.

Posted today on www.avvo.com:"Ms. O'Connell did incredible work with my possession of marijuana case! She was able to ge...
06/16/2016
Avvo.com - Legal. Easier.

Posted today on www.avvo.com:
"Ms. O'Connell did incredible work with my possession of marijuana case! She was able to get my case dismissed, which was more difficult because it was my second offense. She has great relationships with the police offers and prosecutors, which really helped. She also gave me valuable suggestions to do community service and take a drug test before trial which helped. She was very personable and easy going which made me feel relaxed. I highly recommend for criminal cases!"

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"A new book, “A Pound of Flesh,” by Alexes Harris of the University of Washington, notes that these modern debtors’ pris...
06/13/2016
Is It a Crime to Be Poor?

"A new book, “A Pound of Flesh,” by Alexes Harris of the University of Washington, notes that these modern debtors’ prisons now exist across America. Harris writes that in Rhode Island in 2007, 18 people were incarcerated a day, on average, for failure to pay court debt, while in Ferguson, Mo., the average household paid $272 in fines in 2012, and the average adult had 1.6 arrest warrants issued that year.

“Impoverished defendants have nothing to give,” Harris says, and the result is a system that disproportionately punishes the poor and minorities, leaving them with an overhang of debt from which they can never escape."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/opinion/sunday/is-it-a-crime-to-be-poor.html?mwrsm=Facebook&_r=0

The modern equivalent of debtors’ prisons lock people up if they cannot pay.

No one should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a non-violent drug offense. Please co...
04/10/2016
Barack Obama: Clemency for Corvain Cooper

No one should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a non-violent drug offense. Please consider signing this petition in support of clemency for Corvain Cooper.

https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-clemency-for-corvain-cooper

On June 18, 2014, Corvain T. Cooper was convicted in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte for the crime of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. When..…

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