Fourth Circuit Affirms Life Sentence

Understanding Life Sentence Convictions In July of 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the conviction of a defendant who was sentenced in 2017 to life imprisonment based on charges of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. The History of the Life Imprisonment Conviction The case arose concerning plans to… 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