In July of 2006, the Federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (Act) was signed into law. This Act was a result of attempts to make a previous “patchwork of pre-Act federal and 50 state registration systems” more uniform and effective. The Act makes it a crime for a person who is required to register under the Act as a sex offender to knowingly “fail to register or update [his or her] registration.” However, the Act also specifies that “the Attorney General shall have the authority to specify the applicability of the requirements” to pre-Act sex offenders. In February 2007, the Attorney General made the Act’s registration requirements applicable to pre-Act offenders via an interim rule.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Back to Basics: Police Officers Do Not Have to Mirandize Inmates in Jailhouse Interviews, Says SCOTUS
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
On February 9, 2012 the Obama Administration and forty-nine state prosecutors struck a $25 billion agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses. The announcement presages potential relief for some Americans whose mortgages are now underwater or are facing foreclosure. Under the Agreement, forty-nine states (the lone hold-out is Oklahoma) agreed not to pursue civil charges against the banks related these types of issues. In return for immunity from civil charges from the states, five major banks—Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Ally Financial—will reduce loans for nearly one million households. Issues regarding criminal liability have yet to be dealt with.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Virginia Legislature Favors Pretextual Police Stops Over Fourth Amendment Rights to Weed Out Illegal Immigrants
On Friday, February 10, 2012, Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly won another battle in the war against illegal immigration, pushing House Bill Number 1060 (Bill) through the House Committee for Courts of Justice.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Bronx has long been infamous for the widespread enmity between its residents and the New York Police Department (NYPD). The borough of 1,400,000 mostly Latino and African-American inhabitants has the highest rates of unemployment, poverty, crime, and arrests of any in New York City. Since February 2, 2012, officer from the Narcotics Division shot and killed eighteen-year-old Rahmarley Graham, relations between Bronx residents and their Police Department have sunk to a new low.
Monday, February 13, 2012
During his last day in office as Governor of Mississippi, on January 10, 2012, Haley Barbour pardoned over two hundred convicted criminals, with most receiving a “full, complete, and unconditional” pardon, effectively wiping their records clean. While it is not unusual for governors and the President to exercise their pardon power as they leave office, Governor Barbour’s decisions sparked controversy.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Marine Accused of Murdering Six Raises Questions Regarding Court’s Treatment of Combat-Induced Mental Illness
Friday, February 3, 2012
In January 2012, Judge Paul Friedman presided over hearings to determine whether to grant John Hinckley extended furloughs from St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatric Hospital, where he has been committed for the past thirty years. Hinckley’s counsel petitioned Judge Friedman to grant two seventeen-day furloughs, and then six furloughs of twenty-four days to his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia, with convalescence leave upon the completion thereof. Federal prosecutors challenged the petition, arguing that Hinckley remains a threat to society and his furlough privileges should not be expanded.