Johnny Depp Won’t Release “Abuse Of Drugs & Alcohol” Documents In $50M Defamation Suit Against Amber Heard, ‘Aquaman’ Actress Claims  DeadlineJust under a week after filing to have ex-husband Johnny Depp's $50 million defamation suit tossed out, Amber Heard today went to court to force the Pirates of ...

Democrats seek to scrub criminal records to prevent prolonged punishment  The Colorado IndependentRecord sealing bill aims to give people a clean slate after searving their time in the criminal justice system.

A Fresh Start: Expunging Criminal Convictions  Crime ReportAt least 36 states permit adults with criminal convictions to have their records sealed or expunged, but does “wiping the slate clean” actually produce better ...

Expungement And Sealing Of Records Help Ex-Criminals Return To Work  NPRA criminal conviction can present obstacles to everything from jobs to housing. Since 2017, more than 20 states have expanded or added laws that help people ...

Don't Be Fooled -- Kamala Harris's "Criminal Justice" Plan Is Not Progressive  TruthoutOn Monday, Sen. Kamala Harris released her plan on criminal punishment reform — the latest Democratic presidential hopeful to do so. While some of her ...

Federal Judge Rebukes the Willie Horton Strategy  The AppealTexas: In approving bail reform, federal judge rebukes Houston's DA for using the Willie Horton strategy. Michigan: Advocates introduce bills to expand, ...

Nevada's New Record-Sealing Law: 'One of Broadest' in US  Crime ReportNevada is the kind of place where a lot of people end up needing a second chance. It's a state where the booms and busts of the gaming industry have led many ...

800000 Eligible to Clear Their Record in Illinois Legal Pot  WTTW NewsSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — For decades, getting caught with a small amount of marijuana could put Illinois residents in jail for up to six months and perhaps worse ...

Criminal Convictions Behind Them, Few Have Had Their Records Sealed  The New York TimesA recent New York State law allows people convicted of certain crimes to hide the record from public view. So far, only 346 records have been sealed.

Lining up for a second chance: Legal clinic provides path to clearing old criminal records  Cincinnati.comThe Hamilton County Public Defenders Office has operated the *Fresh* Start clinic since 2013. Offenders hope to have records expunged so it's easier to get jobs.

Judge's Record-Sealing Denial Highlights 'Shortcomings' of Second-Chance Law  Queens Daily EagleThe conviction-sealing law fails “to explicitly address criminal records of younger offenders, even though it was enacted as part of the Raise the Age legislation.”

Rauner signs bills to expand criminal record sealing and juvenile record expungement  Illinois PolicyGov. Bruce Rauner signed two bills into law Aug. 24, which will make it easier for ex-offenders to obtain gainful employment and turn their lives around.

Changes in Ohio Laws Could Help Give Ex-Offenders New Opportunities  WOSUOver the last seven years, Ohio's been slowly changing a set of laws that many believe keeps ex-offenders from getting jobs, paying child support and even.

How Miami-Dade Prosecutors Deliver a 'Second Chance'  Crime ReportIn the daily administration of a prosecutor's office, large or small, our duties bring us face to face with individuals enveloped by crisis, chaos, and/or one or more ...

NYPD Has Databases of Expunged Stop-And-Frisk Arrests, Bronx Defenders Say  The Marshall ProjectIn New York City, officers are illegally using information from arrests that have been sealed, according to a lawsuit. The practice is legal in more than two dozen ...

How Mining Criminal History Records Can Shape the Future of Criminal Justice  Crime ReportWe live in an era in which the fundamental assumptions of our approach to crime and justice are being questioned. We are witnessing a reform movement that ...

From bail reform to restoring voting rights and sealing records, Colorado's criminal justice system is getting a makeover  The Colorado SunIf all the criminal justice measures are ultimately signed into law, the slate of bills would represent a significant and fast-moving overhaul of Colorado's justice ...

5 of the most impactful laws Pennsylvania passed in 2018  Billy PennFrom criminal justice reform to actual firearms legislation.

Columbus offers some a cheaper option to seal criminal records  The Columbus DispatchTwo hundred indigent defendants now have a less-expensive way to seal their criminal records from hundreds of background-check databases. The Expedited ...

Five Things You Didn't Know About Clearing Your Record  The Marshall ProjectA Nashville lawyer hopes to wipe clean some arrest records for 128,000 Tennesseans. The lawyer, Daniel Horwitz, who has worked on multiple cases regarding ...

Project Clean Slate Helps Detroit Residents Wipe Criminal Records  Crime ReportUnder a program called Project Clean Slate, hundreds of Michigan residents are trying to expunge their records of criminal convictions, driven by prospects of ...

Clean Slate: How Ditching A Criminal Record Is No Easy Task  Law360An estimated 100 million Americans have criminal records that follow them for life. Some states have moved to ease the burden by passing record-sealing laws ...

lawmakers-pass-record-sealing-expansion  Illinois PolicyBoth chambers of the Illinois General Assembly have now passed a measure to enable more ex-offenders to petition a court to seal their criminal records.

Bipartisan pair looks to take Pa. Clean Slate a step further  WHYYThe Clean Slate law automatically seals records for non-convictions, summary offenses, and most nonviolent misdemeanors after ten years with no further ...

Avenatti, ex-girlfriend fought about money before alleged altercation occurred  ABC NewsMichael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, was allegedly berating his ex-girlfriend about money before an alleged physical altercation in the ...

Clean Slate law would allow full family healing  The CT MirrorFor billions across the world, and many of us here in Connecticut, Passover and Easter are opportunities to pause our hectic schedules and re-center our ...

Two New Nevada Record Sealing Laws Go Into Effect  Public News ServiceCARSON CITY, Nev. – An eviction or a criminal conviction can follow a person for decades, making it difficult to get housing or a job. But two new state laws that ...

The Obscene Difficulty of Depriving a Troubled White Man of a Gun  The New RepublicDarryl Varnum, a technology contractor for the Pentagon, is facing federal charges for threatening to kill Florida Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson ...

Second Chance Act would help ex-offenders get housing, employment  North Carolina Health NewsEasing the way to expunging a criminal record means it would be easier for ex-offenders to access the things needed for a healthy life.

Not guilty or charged? A criminal record can still haunt you  USA TODAYNASHVILLE -- Perhaps this is a blinding glimpse of the obvious, but when you are arrested that arrest creates a criminal record.

Dayton shooting: Sealed records on gunman pit safety against privacy  Cincinnati.comDisturbing behavior that the Dayton gunman reportedly exhibited in his youth may be detailed in law enforcement and school files so far off-limits to the public.

Diversion Programs Say They Offer a Path Away From Court, but Critics Say the Tolls Are Hefty  ProPublicaThe programs raise legal and ethical questions, including whether they create an uneven playing field for defendants and financial incentives for prosecutors to ...

Here’s why many Americans don’t clear their criminal records  PBS NewsHourMany Americans are not taking advantage of a growing number of state laws that allow people to clear or seal their records of arrests and convictions after ...

Acquittal of Navy SEAL May Deter Others From Reporting Crimes, Some Officials Worry  The New York TimesSAN DIEGO — Edward Gallagher, a decorated member of the Navy SEALs, was pleased and relieved when he emerged from his court-martial on Wednesday ...

AG Motion Partly Objects To Media Requests To Unseal Woodburn Court Records  indepthnh.orgThe state says Woodburn is trying to further harass the alleged victim by injecting the sex assault allegation into the proceedings.

Media Ask High Court to Unseal Execution Case Records  Crime ReportAlabama executed convicted murderer Christopher Price on May 30 after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution. Half of the briefs in the ...

The gift of a second chance  Illinois PolicyIllinois has started to embrace second chances for people who have been through the criminal justice system.

Confused by Jussie Smollett Case? Here's What You Need to Know.  WTTW NewsThe Jussie Smollett case may be over, but confusion over the surprise ending is rampant. Why was the “Empire” star offered a deal? Was his record expunged?

More crimes to be expunged, impeachment process updated under bill proposals  Columbia MissourianStealing, forgery, fraud and several other nonviolent offenses would be added to the list of crimes under a proposed Missouri Senate bill.

Where the top 2020 Democrats stand on criminal justice reform  AxiosEight 2020 Democratic candidates penned essays for the Brennan Center's collection, "Ending Mass Incarceration: Ideas from Today's Leaders," highlighting ...

Senate OKs Sealing More Criminal Records  Texas TribuneThe criminal records of one-time offenders who stay out of trouble would be sealed and hidden from the public under a bill that cleared the Senate Tuesday.

N.Y. Lawmakers Pass Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana and Expunge 900000 Arrests  TIMENew York lawmakers decriminalized small amounts of marijuana after failing to agree on a comprehensive package that would have fully legalized the drug and ...

Navy SEAL War Crimes Witness Says He Was the Killer  The New York TimesSAN DIEGO — In stunning testimony that may upend the war crimes trial of Chief Edward Gallagher of the Navy SEALs, a SEAL medic told the court on ...

The Financial Benefits of Wiping the Slate Clean  Bankrate.comAnyone who carries a criminal record knows just how much it costs. Yet, there are some steps that past offenders can take to wipe the slate clean.

Hancock County Court  The Ellsworth AmericanThe following cases were adjudicated, reviewed or continued in Hancock County Court, according to official records: Dec. 1 to Dec. 31 Jesse E. Sawyer, 37,

Inside the Push to Give Ex-Offenders in Pennsylvania a Second Chance  Pacific StandardMen and women wait by the dozen on this Saturday morning in late November. Some stare into their cell phones in a small waiting room, others lean against.

Navy SEAL arraigned on war crime charges  NavyTimes.comU.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter urged President Donald Trump to free Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, who faces a long list of war crimes ...

New York Times: Trump requests paperwork to pardon accused US war criminals  CNNPresident Donald Trump has requested paperwork allowing him to move forward quickly with pardons for accused US war criminals, The New York Times ...

B.J. Penn issued restraining order; estranged partner alleges years of physical, sexual abuse  USA TODAYB.J. Penn's estranged partner, Shealen Uaiwa, alleges he verbally abused and menaced her, threatened to kill her family and sexually abused her.

The Kids 'Left Behind' By New York's Raise the Age Law  Crime ReportIt started with a cell phone. Last summer, Jay (not her real name), a 16-year-old living in upstate New York, was convinced a woman had taken her mother's ...

Wife of Navy SEAL on trial for murder calls prosecution 'completely vile and corrupt'  ABC NewsThe wife of a former Navy SEAL, now on trial for the murder of a teenage member of ISIS while he served in Iraq in 2017, said she believes the government's ...

Lawmakers want Navy SEAL released from the brig ahead of war crimes trial  NavyTimes.comA group of 40 lawmakers is urging Navy officials to free Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher from confinement ahead of his trial on war ...

Trial set for Navy SEAL in Islamic State prisoner’s killing  Los Angeles TimesThe trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care is set to begin Monday following months of turmoil in one of the ...

A Jekyll and Hyde portrait emerges of the SEAL accused of murdering an Islamic State prisoner  NavyTimes.comGallagher, a veteran of eight overseas and combat deployments, is facing 14 criminal counts, including premeditated murder for allegedly stabbing to death an ...

'Confirmation Bias' Called a Key Reason for Wrongful Convictions  Crime ReportDetectives investigating the murder of Dorka Lisker, a 66-year-old woman found stabbed in her Sherman Oaks, Ca., home in 1983, were convinced they had an ...

Roger Stone's Arrest Was Appropriate, Not Heavy-Handed  LawfareA Lawfare post from Friday—“Get Me Roger Stone”—well and thoroughly explained the most recent indictment from the Mueller team. The authors also ...

Police accused of ‘systemic failure’ to protect victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence  The IndependentPolice forces are failing to protect victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence by not using existing powers to tackle domestic violence, rape, harassment and ...

Navy dismisses more SEAL war crimes cases, removes controversial prosecutor  NavyTimes.comIn another day of bold moves by Navy leaders seeking to revamp the sea *service's* criminal justice system, officials dismissed a war crimes case dogging four ...

Psychological domestic abuse becomes crime in Scotland under ‘groundbreaking’ new law  The IndependentA “groundbreaking” new law has come into effect in Scotland that makes psychological domestic abuse and controlling behaviour a crime. The Scottish ...

New legal bombshells explode on two Navy SEAL war crimes cases  NavyTimes.comTwo SEALs offer up damaging testimony against a chief special warfare operator accused of war crimes -- and suggest the command did not initially investigate ...

Tweeting Trump injects White House into SEAL war crimes case  NavyTimes.comIn his message, the president nodded to the Fox News Network and U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, a North Carolina Republican who has led the fight alongside ...

SEAL war crimes trial begins  NavyTimes.comSAN DIEGO — A decorated Navy SEAL stabbed to death a wounded and captive teenage Islamic State fighter in Iraq and then bragged about it, a military ...

Berlin Sun Files Motion to Unseal Arrest Records in Sen. Woodburn Case  indepthnh.orgSen. Woodburn's arrest has stirred controversy over whether the names of alleged domestic violence victims should be confidential.

Reconsider 'Violent Offender' Label, Panel Told  Crime ReportOur criminal justice system's treatment of those who have committed violent acts needs to change, said panelists Thursday at a presentation of two new papers ...

Court records shed light on Trump Jr's tweet questioning if Duke alum Eugene Gu is a 'wife beater'  Duke ChronicleEx-wife was granted temporary domestic violence restraining order against Eugene Gu, records show.

Charged with war crimes and stuck in the brig, a Navy SEAL vows to fight on  NavyTimes.comCharged earlier this month with multiple war crimes in connection with the 2017 stabbing death of a detainee in Iraq, Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward ...

A Growing Chorus of Big City Prosecutors Say No to Marijuana Convictions  The New York TimesMarlyn Mosby, Baltimore's top prosecutor, says she will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases and will vacate thousands of convictions. The police ...

New Dallas County DA Supports Helping People Remove Criminal Records  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthNewly appointed Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson Monday endorsed a plan to help people escape from criminal histories to get jobs.

How Police and Anti-Crime Measures Reinforce Segregation  GoverningCities' efforts to get tough on crime can make it harder for low-income residents to find good jobs and housing.

Rape victims must hand phones to police or face investigations being dropped under new scheme  The IndependentRape and domestic violence victims will be forced to give police access to their phones and social media accounts or face their cases being dropped. New forms ...

Domestic abuse bill condemned for ignoring ‘gendered nature’ of violence amid austerity cuts  The IndependentThe government's new domestic abuse bill has been roundly condemned by campaigners for not recognising the “gendered nature” of domestic violence and ...

Concord police investigate five deaths in two-week span  Concord MonitorA Concord man accused of killing his wife will remain in custody as police investigate a string of deaths in the city over the past few days.Emerson Jaques ...

Should prosecutors get the names of officers who commit misconduct?  Los Angeles TimesThe California Supreme Court appeared divided Wednesday over a ruling that barred the Los Angeles County sheriff from giving prosecutors the names of ...

Shooter's Criminal Past Likely Unknown To Officer He Killed  KPBSPublic records showing a person's criminal history aren't typically something an officer has access to during a traffic stop. CHP Inland Division Chief Bill Dance ...

house-passes-legislation-to-expand-record-sealing  Illinois PolicyReforms such as record sealing expansion make it likelier that ex-offenders will be able to find work – and stop cycling in and out of prison. That means they and ...

Prosecutors: SEAL war crimes suspect got death threat  NavyTimes.comA federal agent is probing a death threat mailed to Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, the SEAL accused of committing a string of war ...

Ban the Box and Beyond  Center For American ProgressEach year, more than 600,000 people are released from federal and state prisons in need of jobs that provide economic security. Research shows that having a ...

Thousands of domestic violence victims could be at risk as police oblivious of court orders against attackers  The IndependentTens of thousands of domestic violence victims could be at risk of abuse because police are unaware of court orders against their attackers, The Independent ...

Prosecutors celebrate victory after ruling in Gallagher war crimes case  NavyTimes.comA Navy judge ruled that evidence from Gallagher's seized cell phones can be used in court.

Can Decriminalizing Sex Work Curb Police Harassment of Transgender People?  Crime ReportDuring her two years as a sex worker in New York, Bianey Garcia, a transgender woman of color from Mexico, was arrested three times. The arrests were the ...

An ultra-violent MS-13 gang entered the U.S., then stalked L.A. with blades and bats  Los Angeles TimesA faction within MS-13 used gruesome tactics to kill seven people in the L.A. area since 2017, prosecutors said.

Reconciling criminal history open data and expungement  Sunlight FoundationAfter months of investigating, Sunlight has collected over 9,000 databases of publicly available criminal justice data from across America. We call it Hall of ...

Maryland Legal Aid helps people grapple with issues only a lawyer can fix  Washington PostTyrone Burns was out of work and desperate when he saw the post on social media. Maryland Legal Aid was offering free legal help at the Pennsylvania ...

Hancock County Court June 1-30  The Ellsworth AmericanThe following cases were adjudicated, reviewed or continued in Hancock County Court, according to official records: June 1 to June 30 Robert M. Davis, 40,

What Makes Illinois' Marijuana Legalization Bill So Progressive  In These TimesOn May 31, the Illinois House of Representatives passed what is perhaps the most progressive recreational marijuana usage bill in the United States, by a ...

Survivors of Domestic Violence Deserve Clemency, Not Prison Cells  The Nation.Governor Andrew Cuomo just made an historic pledge to grant clemency to thousands of former nonviolent youthful offenders—what about women who ...

Mets Pitcher Jeurys Familia Has Domestic Violence Case Dismissed  The New York TimesFORT LEE, N.J. — A domestic violence charge against Mets reliever Jeurys Familia was dismissed on Thursday by a municipal court judge in Fort Lee, N.J., ...

The Supreme Court Case That Could Let ‘Lesser’ Domestic Abusers Own Guns  The TraceAmerica has come a long way in treating all domestic violence seriously. To get their gun rights back, two men are making an argument which threatens that ...

SEAL's lawyer wants prosecutor, judge booted off war crimes case  NavyTimes.comA lawyer for a Navy SEAL accused of murder wants military prosecutors and a judge removed from the case for their roles in snooping on emails sent to the ...

Working for more justice in the criminal justice system  Verizon CommunicationsOver the past year, I've grown increasingly focused on the inequities in our criminal justice system. The more I've learned about the problems that plague nearly ...

Unsealed Records Say Sen. Woodburn Admitted Some Allegations in His Journal  indepthnh.orgNewly unsealed documents say Sen. Jeff Woodburn admitted in his journal that he kicked the dryer and broke a door at Emily Stone Jacobs' home, but ...

Johnny Depp refuses ex Amber Heard's demand for documents on arrests, substance abuse  Fox NewsJohnny Depp is refusing to turn over records related to his arrests as well as his drug and alcohol treatment after his ex, Amber Heard, asked for them as part of ...

Amber Heard Demands Access to Johnny Depp's Arrest Records  106.3 The GrooveAmber Heard made a surprise appearance in a Virginia courtroom for a hearing in the $50 million defamation lawsuit filed by her ex-husband Johnny Depp, ...

People with five felonies could have records sealed under new Ohio expungement law  NewsChannel 5 Cleveland - newsnet5.comA new Ohio expungement law that quietly went into effect last week gives people with five felonies a chance to seal their criminal records. The changes-- a direct ...

Bill would allow more people to get criminal records sealed - Delaware State News  Delaware State NewsDOVER — In 2009, Corie Priest pleaded guilty to selling marijuana and was sentenced to two years in jail. When he got out, he thought his life would return to ...

Utah lawmakers pass the 'clean slate' bill to automatically clear the criminal records of people who earn an expungement  Salt Lake TribuneUtah is poised to become the second state in the nation to adopt an automatic system that will eventually wipe out the criminal records of people convicted of ...

Pennsylvania Becomes First State To Automatically Seal Certain Criminal Records  CBS PittsburghPITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania began automatically sealing criminal records from over 30 million cases Friday under the Clean Slate law. It's the first ...

Special report: Demoted Auburn policeman was target of a 2018 criminal probe  Auburn CitizenIt was an arrest that made headlines far beyond Cayuga County. State police were north of Weedsport on Aug. 6, 2018, when they spotted the vehicle of a man ...

Few take advantage of expungement law  The Daily News of NewburyportBOSTON — Manoushka Gaston escaped a troubled past to attend school to become a nursing assistant in Lawrence with dreams of landing a job at an ...

Weekly top reads: Auburn police officer investigated, Auburn football wins again, Auburn art event  Auburn CitizenAnd then there were 52. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision confirmed Wednesday that Lincoln Correctional Facility in Manhattan ...