17 years in, doppelgänger key to inmate exoneration
201708.05
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17 years in, doppelgänger key to inmate exoneration

July 31, 2017 In 1999, Richard Jones was sentenced to a 19-year prison term, convicted of aggravated robbery for purse snatching at a Walmart parking lot. Numerous appeals failed to secure his release though he maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration. However, a new discovery cut two years off his sentence; someone else committed the…

Mississippi funeral home facing allegations of discrimination
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Mississippi funeral home facing allegations of discrimination

June 20, 2017 The family of the late Robert Huskey is pursuing legal civil action against a Picayune, Louisiana funeral home that reportedly told the family members that they did not “deal with his kind,” referencing his gay marriage. The family had seemingly finalized arrangements to cremate the remains of the late Robert Huskey. With…

$20 Million Settlement for Wife of Exonerated Prisoner
201612.13
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$20 Million Settlement for Wife of Exonerated Prisoner

December 13, 2016 An appeals court in Illinois determined in October 2016 that a woman who married an inmate is now entitled to the $20 million settlement he received in a wrongful conviction case as part of marital property. The defendant, Juan Rivera, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for…

Record $20.2 Million Award Challenged
201611.23
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Record $20.2 Million Award Challenged

November 23, 2016 The defendant in a record-setting civil lawsuit has argued that the verdict was a miscarriage of justice, which could mean that the ruling is overturned, resulting in the possible loss of a $20.2 million award for a New Jersey couple. The accident is not under dispute, but the extent of the plaintiff’s…

Supreme Court ruling clarifies judge recusal
201607.05
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Supreme Court ruling clarifies judge recusal

July 5, 2016 In a divided decision, the Supreme Court rendered a ruling that judges must recuse themselves from cases in which they have previously played a substantial role in prosecuting the individual appearing before them. The decision came after retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, Ronald Castille, ruled on the appeal of a death-row inmate,…

Dickinson v. Cosby: Defamation Case Tied to Alleged Crime of Rape
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Dickinson v. Cosby: Defamation Case Tied to Alleged Crime of Rape

Although this case may appear to be a straightforward defamation lawsuit, it’s based upon a very unique background. The surface facts of Dickinson v. Cosby involve celebrity model Janice Dickinson accusing actor/comedian Bill Cosby of defaming her after she claimed he raped her back in 1982. In her pleadings, Ms. Dickinson describes herself as “an…

Legal marijuana in Colorado challenged by neighboring states
201504.28
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Legal marijuana in Colorado challenged by neighboring states

April 28, 2015 Two states neighboring Colorado have filed a joint lawsuit against the state in an effort to invalidate the laws governing the legalization of marijuana. The two states, Oklahoma and Nebraska, hope to defeat the licensing of recreational marijuana retailers in the state of Colorado with this lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, Oklahoma…