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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False Confessions Continue to Put Innocent People in Prison

Dorothy Varallo-Speckeen thought she was volunteering to help solve a child-abuse case when she walked into the police interrogation room in 2013. She learned quickly, however, that she was Detective Marcella O’Brien’s prime suspect. O’Brien believed that Varallo-Speckeen was guilty of breaking the legs of the 15-month-old girl she was babysitting, though Varallo-Speckeen swore that …

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