1) Are the vast disparities between federal and State sentences going to become the reason for downward departures?
2) If the usual punishment for something is less than a year active jail time should it be a felony? Here's how the Texas Legislature answered that question.
3) The seven guys the President pardoned.
4) I've actually heard judges say that they don't put any stock in nystagmus tests because it's too involved for anyone to get it right.
5) Explaining the naming of a judge on the blog. And more here.
6) If you prosecute cases based upon a statute you know to have been found unconstitutional are you liable?
7) What do you know? A rehab paradigm is cheaper than an incarceration paradigm. This, of course, is in the short term but I suspect that in the long term sending people to rehab rather than the typical few months in jail may still be cheaper.
8) CrimProf reporting false crimes.
9) Why would the government do something as stupid as what appears to be overt witness tampering?
10) Asking a judge to recuse himself because your office filed an unsuccessful complaint against him.
11) Is community based prevention a better way to handle things than incarceration?
12) An interesting explanation of what Beyond a Reasonable Doubt should mean.
13) Nazi war crimes in 2005?
14) Smile, you're on candid camera.
15) Hopefully if you save someone's life it won't be because you want to bank it for later. Still, some day that good act might come in handy.