Supreme Court Deems Florida’s Capital Punishment System Unconstitutional

In a ruling with obvious far-reaching implications, on January 12, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the method of sentencing for capital punishment in the State of Florida is unconstitutional—specifically, a violation of the Sixth Amendment—as reported by the Washington Post. The origin of this case (Hurst v. Florida) dates back to 1998, when… Read More

U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes to Change “Crimes of Violence” Definition

In a move which could have broad repercussions for future criminal sentencing, the United States Sentencing Commission voted unanimously on Friday to amend the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines’ definition of “crimes of violence,” particularly as it relates to career offenders. The changes, which are slated to go into effect August 1, involve several modifications, the… Read More

Legal Challenges Raised Against Georgia Court of Appeals Expansion

Last week, a group of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court claiming that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s appointments of three new judges to the newly expanded Georgia Court of Appeals violates the Georgia Constitution. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the litigation challenges the governor’s authority in making these appointments, citing that according… Read More