Tag Archives: prisoner

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…

Write to Vote? State Wants Felons to Write Essays to Get Voting Rights

Robert McDonnell, Governor of Virginia, says he will require felons to draft essays in order to have their voting rights restored. Under the state’s constitution, individuals with felony convictions automatically lose their right to vote. Under the new plan, the…

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…

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…

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.…