Unless the Supreme Court reverses his conviction, Mr. McCoy will face the death penalty because of the decisions his attorney made against his wishes.
In 2007, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detained Alejandro Rodriguez, a lawful resident working as a dental assistant. Rodriquez was brought to the U.S. when he was an infant. DHS initiated removal proceedings against Rodriguez after he was convicted for possession of a controlled substance
Given that a conservative majority may soon reemerge on the Supreme Court, conservative legislators may feel emboldened to pass new laws restricting a woman’s right to abort. But progressive legislators in California, Hawaii, and Illinois have responded by demonstrating their commitment to providing women with
On December 4, 2014, two photographers found themselves in the custody of the New York Police Department. Both were arrested while documenting a protest in Times Square over the decision not to indict the police officer responsible for Eric Garner’s death.
Death has been knocking on the Supreme Court’s door for years. But like a homeowner dismissing away an unsolicited salesman, the Court has turned off the lights and refused to answer. Last August, Abel Daniel Hidalgo came knocking when he filed a petition for a
Last spring, I wrote about Lee v. United States, a case on appeal from the Sixth Circuit that was still pending before the Supreme Court at the time. Lee arose from a plea bargain entered into by Jae Lee, a lawful permanent resident who had
To reverse a conviction or capital sentence based on ineffective assistance of counsel, a defendant must meet the two-prong standard set out in Strickland v. Washington. The standard requires a defendant to show that (1) “counsel's performance was deficient,” and (2) “the deficient performance prejudiced
Ahmad Bright was sixteen years old when he was involved in the shooting death of 19-year-old Corey Davis in 2006. In one sense, Ahmad was the last person you would expect to be caught up in a murder: he was a hardworking and ambitious full-scholarship
Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy, sued his school district for the right to use his school’s men’s restroom. Last October, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Grimm that right, and the school board appealed. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a one-sentence ruling vacating
A few weeks ago, I wrote about ineffective assistance of counsel and plea-bargaining in the context of the upcoming Supreme Court case, Lee v. United States. In deciding Lee, the Court will consider whether it is rational for a noncitizen defendant, despite strong inculpatory evidence against