The Supreme Court must reconsider its venue framework, recognizing that the proliferation of specific venue provisions evidences the need to adapt its twentieth-century framework to the modern age.
The denial of this petition to be heard before the Supreme Court raises concerns in a world of rapidly increasing online social media use, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, where individuals are forced to stay at home, and their main form of communication is virtual. Without addressing the two constitutional issues of free speech and due process in this case, the decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court leaves poor guidance for future cases and leaves decisions to rest on subjective judgments of the prosecution and judges.
Defunding Criminal Court: What Today’s Movement to Defund or Abolish the Police Means for the Criminal Legal System
With police departments shrinking in some cities and advocates pushing for police to leave some work to other professionals, we will likely see fewer arrests and criminal charges as a practical result of having fewer officers to make arrests and fewer police responses to situations. . . . [T]he decrease in criminal cases will bring a much-needed decrease in the number of people living with collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Further, with a decrease in criminal cases, public defenders’ caseloads may decrease, and prosecutors’ offices may devote more resources to prosecuting police misconduct cases. On the other hand, more people may turn to civil suits to resolve issues where defendants lack the special constitutional protections provided for criminal defendants.
In 2016, the Russian government directed a comprehensive effort to interfere in the United States’ presidential election, seeking to elect Donald Trump and defeat Hillary Clinton. Russia continued its efforts during the 2018 midterm elections and is expected to do the same in 2020. Other countries have also shown an inclination to meddle in US domestic affairs. The founders recognized that foreign interference is anathema to a functioning democracy. Congress agreed when it passed and amended the foreign-source ban, which prohibits political contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals. . . . However, because the foreign-source ban cannot be criminally enforced when the “thing of value” provided to, or solicited by, the campaign cannot be translated into a monetary amount, problematic cases of foreign influence fall outside the scope of current campaign finance law. Congress can resolve this problem by passing a modified version of H.R. 3395, the “Prohibiting Foreign Election Assistance Act of 2019.”
Broken Scales: How the Criminal Justice System Fails to Protect Defendants from Prosecutorial Misconduct
Regardless of whether prosecutors do indeed follow the rules almost all of the time, the high barriers to proving prosecutorial wrongdoing, the lack of professional sanctions faced by prosecutors who break the rules even when misconduct is found, and the lack of civil remedies against prosecutors for those who were wrongfully accused or convicted create a set of system-wide incentives for prosecutors to err towards rule-breaking rather than rule-following.