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Bail Reform in NYC. Why Not NC?

by Blue LLP

Posted on 8 Jul 2015


Bail Reform in NYC.  Why Not NC?

People arrested for nonviolent offenses in New York City will no longer have to raise bail money to stay out of jail.

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Supreme Court Holds Residual Clause Violates Due Process

by Blue LLP

Posted on 3 Jul 2015


Supreme Court Holds Residual Clause Violates Due Process

"It has been said that the life of the law is experience. Nine years' experience trying to derive meaning from the residual clause convinces us that we have embarked upon a failed enterprise."

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Supreme Court Throws Out Facebook Conviction

by Blue LLP

Posted on 2 Jun 2015


Supreme Court Throws Out Facebook Conviction

On June 1, 2015, the US Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Anthony Elonis in Elonis v. United States, a case about a man who used the social media website Facebook to post several messages about his estranged wife and others.

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Supreme Court Rules That Minimal Movement Can Trigger Sentence Enhancement

by Blue LLP

Posted on 20 Jan 2015


Supreme Court Rules That Minimal Movement Can Trigger Sentence Enhancement

In a recent decision, Whitfield v. United States, the Supreme Court held that a person who forces another to accompany him any distance in the course of or fleeing from a bank robbery is subject to a statutory sentencing enhancement.

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DOJ Continues Drug Reform Through Marijuana Enforcement Policy

by Blue LLP

Posted on 30 Aug 2013


DOJ Continues Drug Reform Through Marijuana Enforcement Policy

Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced further guidance to its federal marijuana enforcement policy, based upon recent state ballot initiatives that legalize the possession of small amounts of the drug. Although marijuana is considered an illegal drug under the Controlled Substances Act, Colorado and Washington have enacted laws that legalize its recreational use. Additionally, for nearly two decades, several states have allowed use of the drug for medicinal purposes.

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