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High court hears ex post facto sentencing case


At oral arguments Tuesday, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court questioned whether a sentence imposed according to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines in place at the time of sentencing, which was harsher than the sentence that would have been imposed under guidelines at the time of the crime, violated the Constitution’s Ex Post Facto Clause.

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US Supreme Court questions legality of warrantless DNA collection


Exactly two weeks after Gov. Scott Walker proposed expanding DNA collection efforts in Wisconsin for those arrested on felony charges, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a related case Justice Samuel Alito Jr. called “perhaps, the most important criminal procedure case that this court has heard in decades.”

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US Supreme Court takes up sentencing factors case

In a case that raises the question of whether judges, rather than juries, can constitutionally decide factors that could trigger an increase in the minimum sentence, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed reluctant to shake up a sentencing scheme that Congress and the courts have relied upon for more than a decade.

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High court considers whether counsel affects speedy trial right

During oral arguments that included a rare comment from Justice Clarence Thomas, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether a state’s failure to give money to court-appointed counsel for a murder defendant should be weighed against the state in determining whether speedy trial rights were violated.

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US Supreme Court ponders if lawyers can use records to find clients

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are trying to dissect the language of a poorly worded federal statute that protects drivers’ personal information from misuse in an effort to determine whether lawyers broke the law in looking for potential class action plaintiffs.

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