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Legislature passes bill to expand post-conviction reliefWashington PostANNAPOLIS, Md. — Many bills remained in the balance as the minute hand ticked toward midnight on April 9, the last of Maryland's 90-day legislative session. Among them was legislation addressing the rights of criminals to petition for post-conviction ...and more »

Delmarva Daily Times
Maryland passes bill to expand post-conviction reliefDelmarva Daily TimesMany bills remained in the balance as the minute hand ticked toward midnight on April 9, the last of Maryland's 90-day legislative session. Among them was legislation addressing the rights of criminals to petition for post-conviction relief — a ...Lawmakers struck compromise on bill expanding post-conviction reliefMaryland Daily Recordall 2 news articles »

Idaho Statesman
A Twin Falls man says his public defender failed him. Now he hopes reforms will help others like him.Idaho StatesmanTWIN FALLS — Five years ago, two men stole a generator. One of the men hired a private attorney, and the charges against him were dropped. The other, Scott Macklin, couldn't afford to hire a lawyer and opted to use an attorney from the Twin Falls ...

Metro US
Philly rapper Meek Mill still in jail, but will get new trialMetro USJudge Genece Brinkley, who sentenced Meek in 2017 against the suggestions of prosecutors and probation officers to two-to-four years, ruled in favor of Meek on Monday at the Post Conviction Relief Hearing and set a hearing on possibly vacating the ...From prison, Meek Mill joins CNN's Don Lemon, weighs in on Starbucks fiascoPhillyVoice.comPhilly DA's Office: Meek Mill should get a new trialPhilly.com'He Would Be Doing More Good On The Outside': Mayor Kenney Visits Meek Mill Behind BarsCBS PhillyTheGrioall 136 news articles »

MarylandReporter.com
State Roundup, April 18, 2018MarylandReporter.comUntil two years ago in Maryland, filing a petition for a writ of actual innocence or petitioning to test newly discovered DNA evidence were two ways a defendant could seek post-conviction relief — and potentially win their freedom. HOGAN TO PICK OAKS ...and more »

KALB News (press release)
La Department of Correction agrees to ease prisoner interview restrictionsKALB News (press release)BATON ROUGE, La. (LSU Manship School News Service) - The Department of Corrections has agreed to ease restrictions on prisoner interviews to settle a lawsuit filed by a student journalist and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana. Christopher ...

NOLA.com
Man who recanted testimony in 1999 murder case pleads guilty to perjuryNOLA.comShe denied Hurst's motion for post-conviction relief, and her decision was affirmed in February by Louisiana's 4th Circuit Court of Appeal. Buras previously recused herself from Varnado's case. Criminal District Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson sentenced him ...

PhillyVoice.com
No, Meek Mill isn't getting released from prison MondayPhillyVoice.comTacopina said they're still waiting to hear back from the judge about what specifically will be discussed at the hearing. The District Attorney's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. District Attorney Larry Krasner has said his ...Conviction for Philly rapper Meek Mill likely to be overturned: district attorneyPennLive.com'Just Sad': New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Visits Meek Mill at Chester PrisonNBC 10 PhiladelphiaPatriots owner Robert Kraft visits rapper Meek Mill, pushes for his release from prisonUSA TODAYBillboard -New York Daily Newsall 112 news articles »

WJAC Johnstown
Gov. Wolf unveils new criminal justice reform measuresWJAC JohnstownCurrently if a defendant pleads guilty, they are foreclosed from post-conviction relief; this needs to change so all defendants, regardless of plea, may attempt to prove their innocence. • Review/Implement the Goals of the Sentencing Commission, which ...and more »

Arizona Daily Star
Jailed former UA running back Orlando Bradford says lawyer did bad jobArizona Daily StarFormer UA running back Orlando Bradford, who is serving a five-year sentence in prison for choking two ex-girlfriends, is claiming ineffective counsel by his Pima County Public Defender. Because Bradford took a plea agreement, he's not able to appeal ...

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