Rory Fleming

Felony Convictions Require Unanimous Jury Verdicts, Rules SCOTUS—Shaming Oregon and Louisiana

Until recently, two US states did not require a unanimous jury verdict to convict defendants at felony criminal trials: Louisiana…

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David Soares Is a Case Study in Changing Standards for “Reform” Prosecutors

Everyone knows how it feels to revisit something you once loved—a TV show such as Entourage, for example—only to find…

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Why Aramis Ayala Should Release Her “Dishonest Cops” List

Aramis Ayala, the chief prosecutor of Orlando and the first Black state attorney in Florida, is an unexpected civil rights…

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When a “Progressive” Prosecutor Ditches Reform to Grab More Power

When Raul Torréz was running for district attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2016, locals were surprised that a famous…

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We Should Be Vigilant Against Attacks on the Supreme Court’s Burrage Ruling

Marcus Andrew Burrage was once a small-town guy from rural Iowa who sold another man heroin. As is typical of…

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The Criminal Justice System Struggles to Adapt to the Pandemic

Measures in response to the coronavirus are rapidly progressing in the US, with workplaces, restaurants, and public events being shuttered…

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Court Hits Back Against Politically Motivated Firings of Public Defenders

There has been a spate, in recent years, of public defenders speaking out against injustice, then getting in trouble for…

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Colorado Teen Could Face Decades in Prison—For Cannabis

Vaping-associated pulmonary illness reportedly contributed to 68 deaths through February 18, 2020. After an initial, misplaced drug scare around nicotine…

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Can We End Politically Motivated Firings of Public Defenders?

If a person gets accused of a crime and, like most Americans, cannot afford a lawyer, a public defender is…

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The Latest Dehumanizing, Anti-Harm Reduction Media Portrayal of Skid Row

On February 18, the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid New York Post republished a new article from failed Seattle City Council candidate…

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