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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Enforceable Pending Outcome of Appeal

Yesterday, the Pentagon told recruiters they could openly accept gay applicants. Today, the Pentagon will likely tell recruiters that "don’t ask, don’t tell" is once again enforceable. Late yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the policy can…

Split Opinion? Two Different Opinions Issued in Gitmo Case

Last year a federal judge ordered the release of a Guantanamo detainee, but the following day the judge’s order disappeared from the online docket, only to reappear days later heavily edited and altered. The government has now claimed responsibility, saying…

Should Judges Know What Sentences Cost a State?

Post by Randall Ryder In most criminal cases, the case can be divided into two parts: deciding liability and deciding the penalty. Sentencing guidelines provide judges with recommend guidelines (or some cases, mandatory sentences). The guidelines also give judges discretion in…

Judge Questions Defendant’s Mental State in High Profile Child Abduction Case

A California judge has temporarily stopped criminal proceedings against Phillip Garrido. Garrido and his wife face a variety of charges related to kidnapping a child and raising her under captivity for almost two decades. The judge based his decision on…