Matthew Rychlik was not most people’s idea of a good fiance. But the state of Illinois thought his future wife Bethany Austin’s breakup message went too far.
After Austin found…
Judges aren’t doctors, so should they make decisions on whether medication-assisted treatment is appropriate for defendants addicted to opioids? Whether a defendant can be on probation or in drug court while receiving medication-assisted treatment can differ by judge, including those in the same jurisdiction.
Five months after his release from detention in a Swedish jail, A$AP Rocky returned to Stockholm to perform Wednesday. It’s a surprise comeback for the rapper, who was jailed for nearly 30 days this summer after his arrest on suspicion of assault. The case made international headlines and trained an unprecedented level of scrutiny on the criminal justice system of a country normally lauded for its progressive ideals.
A California state bar task force crafting proposals to overhaul regulation of the state’s legal marketplace has drawn criticism from attorneys who believe some of its members evaluating whether to open up the legal industry to nonlawyer ownership and greater technology-driven legal services have conflicts of interest.
A newly released ethics opinion from the ABA explores ethical obligations for lawyers when they change law firms. It says the attorneys who leave their firms and the departing firms have ethical obligations toward the clients of the departing lawyers, and firms can’t restrict departing lawyers’ access to files or support staff when it’s necessary to provide diligent representation to clients.
“The vast majority of people in Arizona just can’t afford an attorney, no matter how great of a system we have,” said council member David K. Byers, who spoke on…
Carl Malamud’s latest battle, with Georgia, is set to go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 2. It stems from a 2013 move by the nonprofit organization that he founded, Public.Resource.Org, to purchase a set of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, scan it and put it on the web.
This past spring, when the May 2019 issue of the ABA Journal arrived from the printer, Managing Editor Kevin Davis made plans to meet with Steve Price, whose face graced the cover. Davis wanted to hand-deliver a few copies and say thanks. Price was a formerly incarcerated man who talked with Davis about his struggles to make it on the outside.
When the federal government charges anyone with a crime, it’s rare that person will get to surrender peacefully at an arranged date and time without being subjected to a fright-inducing home raid by dozens of armed law enforcement officers and an embarrassing “perp walk” into the station or court. For the people who are afforded the privilege of self-surrender, popular perception is that they must be white-collar defendants who are rich and powerful.
As hearings got underway in mid-November for only the third impeachment inquiry of a U.S. president in the last 50 years, Robert Ray and other attorneys involved in prior investigations of presidents facing impeachment cautioned against drawing too many parallels between President Donald Trump and Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon.