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The unlikely role of true crime podcasts in criminal justice reform

While the true crime genre has long been established in literature and television, and its broad popularity continues on today with recent hits like The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, HBO’s The Jinx, and Netflix’s Making a Murderer, the genre has made new waves in an unsuspecting mediumpodcasts.

Beginning with Serial in 2014, the popular podcast about a Baltimore teen’s murder and her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who is serving a life sentence after a highly contested conviction, there’s been an explosion of true crime and wrongful conviction retellings and analyses through audio. In fact, true crime podcasts often top the iTunes top podcast chart, generally considered the best measure of a show’s popularity.

The appeal of true crime podcasts

True crime retellings first appeared in the 1500s as part of sensational leaflets written by the British, recounting tales of gruesome crimes. By the 20th century,

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Sexual extortion will be considered a criminal act in California

Sexual extortion will be considered a criminal act in California under legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. 

SB 500, by Sen. Connie Levya (D-Chino), will add coercion involving sexual acts and sexually explicit images — known as “sextortion” — to the state’s extortion laws. 

“The Governor’s signature of SB 500 tells sextortion victims that they matter and that they absolutely deserve to be able to receive justice in a court of law,” Leyva said in a statement. 

Perpetrators of sextortion obtain private images by hacking into victims’ computers or smartphones to demand sex or more images, she said. 

About 78% of sextortion victims are girls with an average age of 15, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

The bill will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. 

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-sexual-extortion-will-be-considered-a-1507243574-htmlstory.html

Numbers don’t back Sessions’ claim on Chicago ‘criminal aliens’

DOJ referred us to, among other sources, a 2016 study by the Murder Accountability Project, a nonprofit group that tracks unsolved homicides and advocates better crime reporting. It showed Illinois had the nation’s lowest homicide clearance rate. But the report attributes that to record-keeping methods of the Illinois State Police in gathering crime data statewide.

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Jeff Sessions stretches to link "criminal aliens" and Chicago crime

When Chicago filed a lawsuit Aug. 7 to block the U.S. Justice Department from withholding federal police grant money from so-called sanctuary cities, U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions reacted swiftly and fiercely.

“To a degree perhaps unsurpassed by any other jurisdiction, the political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country’s lawful immigration system,” Sessions said in a press release. “They have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law enforcement — Federal, state, and local — and reduce crime, and instead have adopted an official policy of protecting criminal aliens who prey on their own residents.”

Under its Welcoming City Ordinance, which defines Chicago’s “sanctuary city” status, the Chicago Police Department “will not question crime victims, witnesses and other law-abiding residents about their legal status.” It also will not use immigration status alone as grounds for detention, and

Read more at: http://www.politifact.com/illinois/statements/2017/aug/16/jeff-sessions/jeff-sessions-stretches-link-criminal-aliens-and-c/

Road to criminal exonerations is long, arduous

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The Public Health Case for Criminal Justice Reform

Editor’s Note: This column was written by Jillian Kiely.

President Trump took to Twitter yesterday morning to criticize Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his “weak” positions on various political subjects. Many are speculating that these renewed attacks could lead to Sessions resigning––a welcome change for those concerned with mandatory

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Criminal justice experts: Brendan Dassey case has wide-reaching, national impact

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Four months after the Teresa Halbach murder, Steven Avery’s 16-year-old nephew Brendan Dassey implicates himself in the brutal rape and murder. But was Dassey’s confession real or spoon fed by a pair of detectives?
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APPLETON – The federal appeals process has yet to play out, but it’s already clear that the murder case against Brendan Dassey is having a national impact on the criminal justice system.

Dassey won an important victory on June 22, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago affirmed a federal magistrate’s ruling in August 2016 that overturned Dassey’s

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Gorsuch tough to predict on criminal cases

Judge Neil Gorsuch wasn’t convinced that a teenager who made burping sounds in a classroom should be arrested, handcuffed and taken to juvenile detention in a police car.

Gorsuch said the 13-year-old student from Albuquerque, N.M., should have been able to sue the arresting officer for excessive force. His powerful dissent in the case last year offers a glimpse of how Gorsuch — a favorite among conservatives — might be hard to pigeonhole on criminal justice issues if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

“Arresting a now-compliant class clown for burping was going a step too far,” Gorsuch wrote, saying there is a difference “between childish pranks and more seriously disruptive behaviors.”

During a decade on the federal appeals court in Denver, Gorsuch has raised concerns about intrusive government searches and seizures that he found to violate constitutional rights.

He generally has ruled against defendants appealing their convictions and those who claim they

Read more at: http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2017/03/13/Gorsuch-criminal-cases-3-13-17

Gorsuch Might Be Tough To Predict On Criminal Justice Cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Neil Gorsuch wasn’t convinced that a teenager who made burping sounds in a classroom should be arrested, handcuffed and taken to juvenile detention in a police car.

Gorsuch said the 13-year-old student from Albuquerque, New Mexico, should have been able to sue the arresting officer for excessive force. His powerful dissent in the case last year offers a glimpse of how Gorsuch — a favorite among conservatives — might be hard to pigeonhole on criminal justice issues if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

“Arresting a now compliant class clown for burping was going a step too far,” Gorsuch wrote, saying there is a difference “between childish pranks and more seriously disruptive behaviors.”

During a decade on the federal appeals court in Denver, Gorsuch has raised concerns about intrusive government searches and seizures that he found to violate constitutional rights. He generally has ruled against defendants appealing their

Read more at: http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/03/13/gorsuch-might-be-tough-to-predict-on-criminal-justice-cases/

Gorsuch might be tough to predict on criminal justice cases

WASHINGTON — Judge Neil Gorsuch wasn’t convinced that a teenager who made burping sounds in a classroom should be arrested, handcuffed and taken to juvenile detention in a police car.

Gorsuch said the 13-year-old student from Albuquerque, New Mexico, should have been able to sue the arresting officer for excessive force. His powerful dissent in the case last year offers a glimpse of how Gorsuch — a favorite among conservatives — might be hard to pigeonhole on criminal justice issues if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

“Arresting a now compliant class clown for burping was going a step too far,” Gorsuch wrote, saying there is a difference “between childish pranks and more seriously disruptive behaviors.”

During a decade on the federal appeals court in Denver, Gorsuch has raised concerns about intrusive government searches and seizures that he found to violate constitutional rights. He generally has ruled against defendants appealing

Read more at: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/2017/03/gorsuch_might_be_tough_to_predict_on_criminal_justice_cases