Samak v. FCI Coleman Medium Warden Docket: 13-12161 Opinion Date: September 10, 2014 Judge: Per curiam Areas of Law: Criminal Law Petitioner was convicted of conspiracy to violate the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970 (OCCA) in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371 and one count of violating the OCCA through destruction by fire in violation…

Via www.nbcnews.com (no author listed) September 10, 2014 Jodi Arias Doesn’t Want to Represent Herself, After All Jodi Arias no longer wants to represent herself as she fights for her life in the upcoming second penalty phase in her murder case, according to a motion filed in the Maricopa County Superior Court on Wednesday. Arias, 34,…

Bates v. Secretary, FL DOC via www.justia.com Docket: 13-11882 Opinion Date: September 5, 2014 Judges: Carnes, Tjoflat Areas of Law: Criminal Law Petitioner, a death row inmate convicted of murder, was granted a certificate of appealability by this court on two grounds: first, petitioner contended that his trial counsel was constitutionally ineffective for failing to…

FUlTS V. GDCP WARDEN,     JUDGE JORDAN  AUGUST 26, 2014 Via Justia.com Petitioner committed Murder and appealed the district court’s denial of a habeas corpus petition.  The two main issues raised on appeal were racial prejudice and that he suffered from a low IQ and mental retardation.  This Court concluded Petitioner’s claim of racial prejudice…

UNITED STATES V. HAYES, AUGUST 15 , 2014 Justia.com Opinion Summary: Defendant, a business owner, appealed his sentence after being convicted of bribing a state official in order to ensure that his company would continue to receive government contracts. Over a period of four years, defendant doled out over $600,000 in bribes and his company reaped…

UNITED STATES V. HAYNES, JR.   11TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS FACTS: Defendant Haynes appealed his re sentencing for Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition as a Convicted Felon.  Under 22 USC 2255, Haynes filed a motion to vacate his sentence which the district court granted in part because of the sentence violated the maximum…

From the 11th Circut Court of Appeals, August 5, 2014, courtesy of www.law.justia.com:   MADISON V. COMMISSIONER, ALABAMA DOC, CASE 13-12348 (There is quite the procedural history on this case) This case involves a death row inmate’s federal habeas corpus appeal involving whether the prosecutor engaged in racially discriminatory jury selection practices, by excluding all…

Criminal Law Case Updates for July 29, 2014: From the 11th Circuit, courtesy of www.justia.com: United States v. Watkins: A defendant contended that police illegally searched his computer without his consent, which resulted in charges against him for receipt of child pornography by computer, over the internet.  The Court held that because his wife consented…

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