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  • Can a Criminal Conviction Harm My Immigration Status?
    Can a Criminal Conviction Harm My Immigration Status?

    When someone chooses to plead guilty in a criminal case, the plea must be “knowing, intelligent, and voluntary.” This means they must understand the rights they are giving up in order to plead guilty, ...

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  • A Prosecutor's Duty: Defining Justice
    A Prosecutor's Duty: Defining Justice

    In my last blog, I began talking about the structural imbalances in the criminal justice system between the government and the accused and the ways the Constitution and courts have devised to attempt ...

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  • Up And Vanished and the Evidence Requirement
    Up And Vanished and the Evidence Requirement

    I recently listened to a great podcast called Up and Vanished. Yes, despite working in the criminal justice system day in and day out, I too love a good true crime story. Getting to listen to these ...

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  • Beware of the Progressive-Come-Latelys
    Beware of the Progressive-Come-Latelys

    The last few years have seen an absolute revolution in the way the public thinks about the criminal justice system. Since the late 1970s, criminal penalties became increasingly draconian, law ...

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  • President Trump’s Criminal Justice Reform Bill
    President Trump’s Criminal Justice Reform Bill

    I spend a lot of time here criticizing our current administration in Washington, so it is only right that I highlight a true achievement (however rare they may be). On December 21 st , President Trump ...

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  • A Winning Election for Criminal Justice Reform
    A Winning Election for Criminal Justice Reform

    Most of the focus this election season was on the Senate and the House in an election seen by many as a referendum on Trump that would set the playing field for 2020. Not as widely reported was the ...

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