Monday, July 27, 2015

Criminal Docket for Upcoming Year for U.S. Supreme Court

Here are the cases and the issues coming up for the next year for the United States Supreme Court.

Pay close attention for Foster v. Humphrey, a Georgia case regarding racial discrimination during jury selection.

A lot of cases appealed directly from state supreme courts.

Journal: New Mexico Judicial Selection Committee Opens Up Its Deliberatiions

An article in today's journal lays out how it occurred.

The nominating commission list, which is listed on the UNM Law website, shows that Justice Maes was on the commission, but does not show what Court of Appeals judge was on the panel.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Orin Kerr's Take on the Death Penalty and Supreme Court Justices

So true, so true.

Kerr's take on why so many Justices turn away from the death penalty might be a guess, but I think it's a good one.

But the same can be said for their frustrations with habeas petitions as well, which is why those rules grow more narrow as time goes on.

Robert Burns Interview

The author of "Kafka's Law."

Great book that takes a close, hard look at modern problems in the American criminal justice system.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Mexico Criminal Defense Must Have Charts

Padilla v. Kentucky has crafted so much litigation.  And, in New Mexico, our State's Supreme Court and Court of Appeals doesn't seem to be letting up.

Our district court judges, in their plea dialogue with defendants, are becoming intensely focused on whether the criminal defense attorneys have gone over the immigration consequences of a conviction with their defendants.

Also, with a plethora of new administrative rules and laws regarding immigration, criminal defense attorneys need to keep up to the date in order to advise their clients appropriately.

So here are some charts that may be useful for defense attorneys to carry around with them to assist in explaining the consequences to their defendants.

They sure have helped me.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Best of Brand New: Youth Lagoon "The Knower"

And the first few lines are a modern prayer....

YL shifts into the dimension of the enlightened.