For the week of May 24, 2010 (cross-posted from the Central District Federal Public Defender blog).
It's a Gender Thing. From Science Daily, "[a] study of 300 simulated court cases shows that experienced judges, lay assessors, prosecutors, police officers, and lawyers . . . convict defendants differently depending on whether they are men . . . and what [they] look like." The study is part of an unpublished dissertation. See related item ("Innocence Is Next to Comeliness") in last week's Roundup.
And Then There Were None. "Careful review" of the files of six convicts in the federal system cited in last week's Graham v. Florida as serving LWOP for nonhomicide offenses committed before the age of 18 has revealed that, well, not so much.
We Get Mail... These days, seems complaining to a congressman via email can get you arrested.
FAMM Has Got a Brand New Blog. It's all about sentencing, and it's here.