U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Statute as Void For Vagueness

In Sessions v. Dimaya, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down an aspect of an immigration statute as being unconstitutionally void for vagueness. Due process requires a statute to be clear and understandable, without the requirement of speculation and guesswork. Such principles are important regardless of context, be it immigration or criminal law. In this case, …

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Was the Proposed Iowa Supermajority Bill Unconstitutional?

Proposed but failed legislation would have required the Iowa Supreme Court have a supermajority to rule an Iowa statute unconstitutional. This legislation would have required five of the seven Iowa Supreme Court justices to agree. Interestingly enough, the proposed bill may have been unconstitutional. It is likely that an amendment to the Iowa constitution would have to be made …

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Mike Tyson’s Appeals of Rape Conviction, Revisited

Warning: This post may contain profane or offensive language. Reader discretion is advised. To this day, debate continues regarding whether former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson received a fair trial which led to his conviction for sexually assaulting Desiree Washington. The appellate court decisions provide insight: Refusal to Allow Impeaching Witnesses to Testify In …

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The Shocking Toll of Taser Use in Police Incidents

Reuters recently conducted a detailed study of over 1000 incidents involving the use of a stun gun that ended in the death of the person stunned. Of those incidents, only a little over 150 actually cite Tasers as the cause or a contributor to death. Since Tasers became a staple in police departments in the …

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