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Outdated Laws Block Information Flow & Justice For Criminal Defendants

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Access to all information relevant to a criminal case is a crucial aspect of building an effective defense and in ensuring that our criminal justice system honors a defendant’s constitutional rights. And yet, this is a serious issue when it comes to crucial information on social media sites, as they typically readily hand over… Read More »


CTE Posed As a Viable Defense for Murder

By Phillip J. Murphy |

It’s an idea that has captivated those who fight for justice for criminal defendants: the evidence put forth by studies which definitively demonstrate that the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), could effectively cause its victims to suffer from insanity. Coverage of the issue has made headlines of late based on the case… Read More »


One Stay of Execution Issued Highlights a System Rampant With Problems

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On August 22nd, Gov. Eric Greitens granted a stay of execution for Marcellus Williams, who was convicted 16 years ago for the 1998 murder of former reporter Felicia Gayle. The governor also ordered a board of inquiry to look into the case because of a series of issues found embedded in the original conviction…. Read More »


Sanctuary Cities Defend Themselves to the Justice Department

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Certain cities and jurisdictions (including New York) labeled “sanctuary” cities have been accused by the Trump administration of violating federal immigration statutes and interfering with the federal government’s initiative in removing “criminal” illegal immigrants from the country. As a result, the Justice Department has warned these cities, counties, and states that they risked losing… Read More »


New York City Council Declares Certain Minor Offenses Will No Longer Draw Criminal Summons

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Historically, public urination in New York resulted in a criminal summons. However, the New York City Council recently decided that such activity should draw a civil ticket rather than involve prosecuting people. In doing so, the council also downgraded similar activities, such as public drunkenness, instead mandating that offenders attend an administrative hearing versus… Read More »


Is Your Computer Illegally Gathering Evidence Against You? New Report Offers Advice

By Phillip J. Murphy |

A report recently released by the ACLU, EFF, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys highlights a serious issue in our criminal justice system that few are aware of: the installation of computer malware in order to illegally seize evidence of violation of the Fourth Amendment and federal laws in an effort to… Read More »


Congress Seeks To Increase Crack Down Against Hate Crimes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On March 13th, the Associated Press announced that U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is introducing legislation that would strengthen those federal laws relied upon to combat hate crimes across the nation. Specifically, his bill would reportedly create incentives for law enforcement to both go after and document hate crimes, establish grants to fund state-run hate… Read More »


Officials Found Linked To Drinking Water Crisis Face Criminal Prosecution

By Phillip J. Murphy |

At this point, most-everyone has heard about what happened in Flint, Michigan concerning the lead-contaminated water crisis; however, many might still be surprised that the officials behind the decision-making process that led to the crisis are being prosecuted for crimes (in addition to losing their jobs as officials). As of this month, at least… Read More »


New York Agrees To Pay $75 Million to Settle Lawsuit over Illegal Summonses Lacking Probable Cause

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On January 23rd, New York City’s Law Department agreed to pay $75 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the city’s Police Department of issuing close to one million criminal summons which were without any legal justification over the course of eight years (thus far). Specifically, a federal judge found that “probable cause… Read More »

Fake News Feeds Falsely Accusing Innocent Citizens of Committing Serious Crimes

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Many people – some of them business owners—have recently found themselves caught in the middle of a fake news storm, where they are (slanderously) accused of various serious crimes, such as being involved in child abuse rings. Specifically, it appears that they were targeted for  fabricated conspiracy theories as a result of supporting one… Read More »

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