What can be Reviewed in a Federal Criminal Appeal?

The Scope of Federal Criminal Appeals The United States Supreme Court recently declined to hear the appeal of a former militia leader who is convicted of conspiring to kill federal officials. The man’s appeal is just one of 150 petitions that the court rejected recently without explanation. The man, who was convicted of killing the… Read More

The Role of New Evidence in a Trial

Supreme Court Case Denies Petition in Federal Criminal Trial The United States Supreme Court recently rejected a man’s petition for further DNA testing of a crime scene, which the man claims will establish his innocence. The man in question was convicted of a 1996 murder and sexual assault of a woman. In 2015, the man’s… Read More

Understanding Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

A man on Texas death row was recently allowed to move forward in a criminal appeal concerning whether the man’s legal counsel was deficient during the sentencing phase of a trial involving allegations that the man strangled and raped a 16-year-old in Waco in the late 1980s. As part of this ruling, two of three… Read More

Understanding the Defense of Coercion

The United States Supreme Court recently refused to hear a man’s challenge to a 2005 murder conviction, which he claimed was the result of coercion. This complicated case is documented in the Netflix series, “Making a Murderer.” A lower court of appeals upheld the man’s convictions for murder, sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse…. Read More

Supreme Court Issues Policy on Shackling

In May 2018, Chief Roberts of the United States Supreme Court wrote a unanimous opinion in the case of United States v. Sanchez-Gomez, which held that a challenge by several criminal defendants regarding a district’s policy of shackling pretrial detainees was moot. In these restraints, a person’s hands are handcuffed together and these handcuffs are… Read More