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U.S. Supreme Court Poised To Rule In Favor Of Criminal Defendants’ Sixth Amendment Rights

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Haymond, which addresses our constitutional right to a jury trial under the Sixth Amendment. The case involves the ability for judges to imprison sex offenders without first providing them with the right to a jury trial; specifically, the case before… Read More »


New York Judge Orders Man Freed, Noting “Zero Tolerance” Immigration Policy Is Cruel

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In a major victory for individuals charged with immigration crimes, in late July, a New York judge (Paul Crotty) ordered an Ecuadorian immigrant (Pablo Villavicencio) freed from an immigration detention camp in New Jersey, noting that the U.S. government was applying its “zero tolerance” policy in a “cruel and thoughtless manner.” Judge Crotty also… Read More »


U.S. Supreme Court Decides Whether Attorneys Can Override Criminal Defendants’ Wishes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On May 14th, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a very important case addressing the issue of whether a criminal defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to assistance of counsel is violated if their attorney concedes their guilt over their express objection. Ultimately, the majority determined that the client—not the attorney—is at the center of every criminal… Read More »


“Defending Yourself In The Dark”: New York Continues To Face Issues With Unfair Discovery Laws

By Phillip J. Murphy |

We’ve previously discussed the issue of a huge problem that New York faces in its criminal justice system before; this issue of prosecutors withholding evidence until the last minute, and how this not only violates defendants’ rights to a fair trial, but actually contributes to the number of wrongful convictions every year. For years,… Read More »

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