Tag Archives: jail

Attorney-Client Privilege? Attorney Recorded Talks with Jailed Defendant

A Defendant’s former defense attorney appeared in federal court last week to explain why he recorded over 60 conversations with the Defendant in jail. Attorney Terry Haddock was working with the government while he represented Shannon Williams. During the course…

Fingerprint error led to four months behind bars

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/7061333.html Authorities on Friday identified an ironworker with no criminal record as the suspect held in jail for four months in 1996 after the Houston Police Department’s troubled fingerprint analysis unit wrongly tied his fingerprint to a homicide, records show.…

How did a prisoner draft a successful Supreme Court brief?

Shon Hopwood was sentenced to 13 years for robbery in 1999 and vowed to the sentencing judge that he would change. Within three years he was drafting a successful certiorari petition to the Supreme Court for a fellow inmate. Recently…

Will the Ninth Circuit allow a suit against John Yoo to move forward?

A number of lawyers are urging a federal appeals court to allow a case against John Yoo to go forward. Yoo worked for the Office of Legal Counsel and advised the president on legal issues, including waterboarding and other interrogation…

Mandatory strip searches for all inmates are ok?

The Ninth Circuit of Appeals reversed a prior decision, holding that mandatory strip searches for all incoming inmates were justified. The court reasoned that jail officials deserve deference and that there was documented evidence of a severe contraband smuggling problem.…