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Judge and prosecutor in bed together - new trial ordered

“In bed with” – not just a colloquial phrase anymore Sometimes, the cynical among us will say something like, “the judge and and the prosecutor are in bed together,” to express frustration if too many rulings seem to go… Read More
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Picking a Lawyer? Choose Wisely...

In the last two weeks, the NH Supreme Court has issued two decisions that remind us of the importance of hiring a competent, skilled, knowledgeable and experienced lawyer in the first place. Why is it important? Because in many instances, if you choo… Read More
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1st Circuit "on a tear"...

Three Sentencing Reversals in One Day Yes, on August 16, 2021, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston went “on a tear” …. tearing up the sentences imposed by lower court judges in three different cases. These decisions illustrat… Read More
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Drug Convictions Reversed due to Trial Judge's Biased Comments

The Case and Ruling In late December, in United States v. Raymundi-Hernandez, the 1st Circuit Court reversed not only Mr. Raymundi-Hernandez’s conviction for narcotics trafficking, but convictions of three other codefendants / alleged coconspir… Read More
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2020- Year in Review for the Criminal Justice System

The January 20, 2021 issue of the New Hampshire Bar News printed excerpts from an article that Kaylee Doty and I wrote, “The Criminal Justice System in 2020 – A Year Like No Other”. You can read the excerpted article in the newspape… Read More
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Its a crime to Refuse to Hand an Officer Your License on Request

In a November 19, 2020 decision, State v. Shaw, the NH Supreme Court ruled that a driver commits the crime of Disobeying a Police Officer if police officer asks for license and registration, and driver holds up the license to the window but refuses t… Read More
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Landmark Racial Profiling Decision from MA Supreme Judicial Court

Yesterday, September 17, 2020, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (highest court in MA) released a landmark decision that enables victims of racial profiling to hold police officers accountable in court by suppressing evidence obtained as a res… Read More
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End Qualified Immunity and Hold Police Officers Accountable

Are Police Held Accountable for Misconduct? What is the proper role of police in our society? Most people believe that we employ police officers to help the criminal justice system hold people accountable when they break the law. But it feels like ev… Read More
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Sentence Reduction Under 3582c1A for Extraordinary and Compelling Reasons

U.S. v. Urkevich order, 03-cr-00037, Nebraska District Court, link to the order here: Urkevick order c1A Read More
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30 Days Deprivation of Liberty Not Enough for Assaulting Libertarian

The Court Ruling The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that a sentencing judge gave too lenient a sentence – 30 days in jail – to the man who assaulted the world’s most famous libertarian, Senator Rand Paul. Senator Paul&… Read More
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