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Meet a new chief public defender in Texas working to end criminal justice disparities

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As a public defender in the Bronx, New York, for almost a decade, Adeola Ogunkeyede saw firsthand how patterns of institutional racism and systemic inequality impacted her clients even before they entered the criminal justice system.

She started to wonder: Was there a way to break those destructive cycles? Could legal aid unite with local leaders to identify the most problematic points of contact between directly impacted communities and the criminal justice system—then fix them?

The answer, she discovered, was yes.

In 2017, Ogunkeyede joined the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, to help launch the Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program. The purpose was exactly what she had envisioned: Legal aid lawyers supported community-led efforts to promote criminal justice reform

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On criminal justice, Biden attorney general must right Trump DOJ wrongs

Ben Crump, Opinion contributor
Published 6:59 p.m. ET Nov. 30, 2020

Tap former Clinton, Obama appointee for pick committed to comprehensive sentencing, policing reform and restoration of voting rights.

As this most unusual year draws to a close, I’m reflecting on how exhausting 2020 has been for those of us committed to the fight for civil rights. We’ve known great sorrow and disappointment. And we’ve never wavered in speaking truth to power and shining a bright light on the ugliness of inequality. Now, I’m cautiously optimistic that President-elect Joe Biden and his still-unnamed attorney general will be our partner in the hard work of repairing our criminal justice system.

I’ve dedicated my career to the fight against systemic injustice and racism. The global and national outcry for change is encouraging. The marches and activism, which filled the streets with hundreds of thousands saying their names, “Breonna, George and Ahmaud,” now

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Wesley Bell: Public health, criminal prosecution and the pandemic | Guest columnists



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Restaurant workers from around the St. Louis region cross the street to protest outside the St. Louis County government building in Clayton on Nov. 19.

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The Post-Dispatch was the first of several news organizations that asked the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney’s office whether we are pursuing businesses that violate the new “safer at home” public health order issued by County Executive Sam Page. My team and I appreciate this public-interest reporting, and our response has been accurately reported to the public. However, there is more to be said about this important issue.

While I am proud to use the public platform of our office to reinforce these reasonable public-health orders and to urge people to take care of themselves and others by wearing a mask and gathering in small groups at a safe distance, the county executive’s order states

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New Criminal Rule 5(f) Could Alter Brady Disclosure Timing

Law360 (November 30, 2020, 5:00 PM EST) — On Oct. 22, Congress and the president took the extraordinary step of circumventing the normal process of amending the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and directly amended Rule 5 to require district courts to create standing orders mandating that courts inform prosecutors of their obligation to produce Brady material at the outset of every criminal case.

When implemented by each judicial council, new Rule 5(f) may have the significant impact of changing the timing for when prosecutors produce exculpatory materials to defendants.

This article sets forth the rationale and text of the rule change, and how it is supposed to be…

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Murder convict triggers change in criminal law

High Court Judge Luka Kimaru

A murder convict, the late Stephen Nyakwaka will posthumously go into history books for triggering yet another landmark change of criminal law. 

Nyakwaka was put on death row after he was found guilty of killing Gilbert Nyangala in 2017 over a computer processing unit dispute. 

The convict had lodged a case, arguing that he was denied a chance to face off with his accusers when he was tried before the High Court.

Nyakwaka said if he was tried before the lower court, he would have had two more chances of filing an appeal against the State; before the High Court and Court of Appeal.

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Since he died behind bars on July 26 before the conclusion of the case against the State, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Kenya Law Reform Commission, the matter would have been closed. However, the court

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JacksonWhite Law, a Top Law Firm in Scottsdale Represents Clients in Family Law, Criminal Defense, and Other Cases

Scottsdale, AZ – JacksonWhite Law is a leading law firm in Scottsdale, AZ. The team of attorneys at the law firm offers a wide range of legal services that have been designed to protect the rights and interests of their clients.

JacksonWhite Law and its legal team focus on delivering the very best legal experience to clients at the law firm. Boasting decades of experience and a team that is committed to the interest of clients, JacksonWhite Law has been able to deliver the best services to criminal defendants who are faced with criminal charges or those who are under investigation for criminal offenses.

The criminal defense lawyers at the law firm understand that the consequences of a criminal conviction are steep and as such ensures that each client is offered the aggressive legal representation needed to ensure the protection of their rights and interests. Criminal defendants who reach out

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JacksonWhite Law, a Top Law Firm in Scottsdale Represents Clients in Family Law, Criminal Defense, and Other Cases – Press Release

Scottsdale, AZ – JacksonWhite Law is a leading law firm in Scottsdale, AZ. The team of attorneys at the law firm offers a wide range of legal services that have been designed to protect the rights and interests of their clients.

JacksonWhite Law and its legal team focus on delivering the very best legal experience to clients at the law firm. Boasting decades of experience and a team that is committed to the interest of clients, JacksonWhite Law has been able to deliver the best services to criminal defendants who are faced with criminal charges or those who are under investigation for criminal offenses.

The criminal defense lawyers at the law firm understand that the consequences of a criminal conviction are steep and as such ensures that each client is offered the aggressive legal representation needed to ensure the protection of their rights and interests. Criminal defendants who reach out

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What is Sexual Assault Criminal Defense in Texas? Dallas Sexual Assault Criminal Defense Attorneys – Broden & Mickelsen Answer – Press Release

Dallas, Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Being accused of sexual assault can wreck a person’s life. While the American criminal justice system is premised on the idea that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, sexual assault is one of those charges that society tends to judge harshly even before all the facts have come out. 

If you have been accused of sexual assault against an adult or a child, it’s imperative to discuss your options and your case with a reputable Texas sexual assault defense lawyer with years of experience dealing with sexual criminal defense cases. It’s also important to equip yourself with as much information as possible. Your case is not hopeless and knowing your options can help you make informed decisions about the next steps. Our law firm has created FAQ’s to help you understand the law. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Defense Against Sexual Assault

The following

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Candidates who could prosecute Trump weigh in on New York’s criminal investigation

When President Trump leaves office, a slew of investigations promise to cause him legal headaches, including congressional inquiries and probes by the Attorneys General of New York and Washington, D.C. But there’s just one publicly known investigation that could lead to criminal charges for Mr. Trump, and it’s being led by a district attorney whose office is up for grabs in 2021.



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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is overseeing the investigation, which initially targeted hush-money payments made during the 2016 campaign to adult film star Stormy Daniels by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. However, Vance’s office has indicated in court filings that the investigation has since widened to look at possible crimes as wide-ranging as fraud and tax evasion.

A grand jury is conducting an investigation and will eventually determine whether charges are warranted. The timetable is unclear, but even if Mr. Trump

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Comment: 5 myths about crime, criminal justice and reforms

By Laurie R. Garduque / Special to The Washington Post

The movement to end police violence against Black communities has brought heightened attention to criminal justice issues amid a global pandemic. The FBI recently released the 2019 “Crime in the United States” report, which looks at last year’s trends. The data is easily cherry-picked to push false narratives around what works — and what doesn’t — to fight crime. Here are some dangerous misconceptions to look out for.

Myth No. 1: Responses to the pandemic are driving crime rates up.

Since March, the coronavirus has created a public health crisis in jails, where social distancing is extremely challenging for people awaiting their trials. Many jurisdictions have released people who do not pose a threat to the community and have shifted their arrest strategies to keep people out of jail in the first place. Critics say the releases are leading to

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