NEW BOARD MEMBERS…A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS New changes are taking place at the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.  Recently, longtime board member Robert P. Longshore announced his retirement.  Eddie Cook, former Assistant Executive Director to Phil Bryant, took Mr. Longshore’s place.  On the heels of his retirement also comes the retirement of longtime…

Towles v. Alabama via www.justia.com Court: Alabama Supreme Court Docket: 1121099 Opinion Date: September 19, 2014 Judge: Bolin Areas of Law: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law Kevin Towles was convicted of capital murder for killing his son, Geontae Glass, who was under the age of 14 when he was killed. The jury recommended the death sentence, and…

United States v. Mathis via www.justia.com Court: U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Docket: 13-13109 Opinion Date: September 24, 2014 Judge: Per curiam Areas of Law: Criminal Law Defendant appealed his convictions and sentences for several child exploitation offenses. Defendant raised eight claims of error concerning the denial of his motion to suppress, introduction of a…

Reed v. Secretary, FL DOC, et al. via www.justia.com Court: U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Docket: 13-10900 Opinion Date: September 24, 2014 Judge: Marcus Areas of Law: Criminal Law Petitioner was convicted of vehicular homicide of two pedestrians. The district court granted habeas relief on petitioner’s claim that defense counsel rendered ineffective assistance by failing…

Winthrop-Redin v. United States via www.justia.com Court: U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Docket: 13-10107 Opinion Date: September 23, 2014 Judge: Marcus Areas of Law: Criminal Law Petitioner pleaded guilty for charges related to his role as a boat crew member in an international drug-smuggling operation. Petitioner subsequently sought postconviction relief under 28 U.S.C. 2255, claiming…

Dixon v. U.S. Attorney General via www.justia.com Docket: 13-11492 Opinion Date: October 1, 2014 Judge: Wilson Areas of Law: Criminal Law, Immigration Law Petitioner sought review of the BIA’s dismissal of his appeal from the IJ’s order of removal under 8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(2)(A)(iii). Petitioner argued that his Florida state conviction for aggravated fleeing was not an…

Lopez v. Smith via www.justia.com Court: U.S. Supreme CourtDocket: 13-946 Opinion Date: October 6, 2014 Areas of Law: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law In 2005, Smith’s wife was killed at home by a blow to the head from a log roller. The home appeared to have been ransacked. Jewelry was missing. Smith was charged with…

Alabama v. Ellis The State of Alabama petitioned for a writ of mandamus to direct the Pike Circuit Court to vacate its order granting Andre Ellis’s motion for a new trial. Ellis was convicted on two counts of first degree rape, and burglary in the second degree. He received an 85-year sentence. Ellis moved for…

Alabama v. Kelley  via www.justia.com Alabama Supreme Court, 9/26/13 In an unpublished order, the Court of Criminal Appeals issued a writ of mandamus directing the trial court in the underlying case to “bar” the prosecution of respondent Margie Kelley, who had been indicted for three counts of capital murder. The State petitioned the Supreme Court…

OBERIST LEE SAUNDERS v. GEORGE C. DUKE (MBI Agent), Thomas Matthews (Agent), Conrad Kilian (Agent)  11th Circuit Court of Appeal Justia.com Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against law enforcement officers under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that officers used excessive force when his head was slammed against the pavement with extreme force after he had been…

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