Legal News

Dear Colleagues, There’s a New Sheriff in Town

After handling several recent Title IX student discipline cases in Washington State, I sometimes think I should invest in a portable breathalyzer and pre-printed consent forms before I send my own kids off to college. But that was then. If some Congressional Republicans have their way, the rules may drastically change in the Trump administration....
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San Antonio Four Declared Innocent

Four women’s legal nightmare has come to an end. They have been declared innocent of the child sex abuse crimes for which they served many years in prison. Aimée Sutton wrote of their cases here in a guest post in October. A documentary movie [http://www.southwestofsalem.com/] helped them draw public support. All four are lesbians. Their...
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Washington State University Under Fire for Treatment of Students Accused of Assault

The disciplinary actions taken against Washington State University football player Robert Barber by the university have some critics wondering whether students accused of assault are receiving fair and adequate process of their cases. Fifth-year senior Robert Barber, a defensive tackle for WSU’s football team, was expelled (one class short of graduation) by the university after...
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When Innocent Defendants Plead Guilty

Basic to the American criminal justice system is the presumption that criminal defendants are innocent. Also fundamental is that a defendant must be acquitted unless guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. These rules aim to protect innocent defendants from conviction even at the price of occasionally letting a guilty defendant go free. Since lawmakers’...
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