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    1. U.S. Hits 5th Year in a Row With Under 30 Executions

      U.S. Hits 5th Year in a Row With Under 30 Executions

      By Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Oleg Fastovsky of Oleg Fastovsky Attorney at Law

      Oleg Fastovsky

       

      For a fifth straight year in the United States, fewer than 30 people were executed. Additionally, less than 50 new death sentences were handed out, continuing the recent trend in a decline in capital punishment throughout the country. In 2019, states executed 22 prisoners, making it the second fewest total in nearly three decades.

      A History of the Death Penalty

      The death penalty in the United States dates back to the days of the Jamestown colony. Britain was a major influence in the implementation of capital punishment in the United States, as it was a common practice at the time throughout Europe. The first recorded ...

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      Mentions: Alabama Florida
    2. A New Design Feature of the AR-15 Challenges the Definition of a Firearm

      A New Design Feature of the AR-15 Challenges the Definition of a Firearm

      By Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Seth Okin of Seth Okin Attorney at Law

      Seth Okin

       

      A technicality in the legal definition of what constitutes a firearm has raised questions about AR-15 rifles. This confusion is complicating cases against those charged with illegally buying, selling, or building this rifle. 

      Specifically, this technicality concerns whether the lower receiver, an essential component of the semiautomatic rifle, meets the definition of a gun. 

      The Legal Definition of a Gun

      For years, the Gun Control Act has guided the definition and regulation of the firearm industry throughout the U.S. Under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, a firearm receiver or frame has two primary functions: to hold the components related to the weapon ...

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      Mentions: gun control
    3. Reduced Sentences Approved by Courts Under First Step Act

      Reduced Sentences Approved by Courts Under First Step Act

      By Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick Woolley of Patrick Woolley Attorney at Law

      Patrick Wooley

      Courts approved the reduced sentences of more than 2,400 federal inmates in January of 2020 due to a criminal justice law passed in December of 2018. The “First Step Act” (P.L. 115- 391) was signed into law by President Trump at the end of 2018, which is designed to reduce the sentences of low-level drug offenders and support programs working to lessen the high rates of recidivism. The First Step Act received bipartisan support in congress and is meant to function as commonsense reform to the criminal justice system by providing more chances for inmates to transition back into society.

       In addition to ...

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    4. Message to The National Black Lawyers Top 100 Family

      Message to The National Black Lawyers Top 100 Family

      “If the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is

      created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority.”

      --Barbara Jordan

       

      Like many of you, I have been struggling with the horrific death of George

      Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. He is certainly not the first

      African-American to be killed by police, and if history proves us right, he won’t

      be the last. The shock and horror of Mr. Floyd’s death has hit many of us as a

      final straw in our never-ending battle against police misconduct and oppression

      targeted at our communities. As I watched my thirteen-year old daughter make

      posters to take to a non-violent protest march in our community ...

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    5. Advancing Society through a Life of Community Service

      Advancing Society through a Life of Community Service

      By Judge Luther T. Simmons, Jr. (Ret.)
      Shareholder, Simmons Hanly Conroy

      Public service is the giving back to the less fortunate and the underserved, and that is how to advance society. By giving back, you lift yourself up. No one understands this better than me. I am the son of a Tennessee sharecropper and the great-grandson of slaves. My father was the Rev. Luther T. Simmons, and he was the first man in the history of our family in America to be paid for his labor.

      What I think is important to understand is that in 2020 there are still people alive who, like my father was, are attached to history. I have dedicated my decades-long legal career to remember ...

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    6. Law Passes Making Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

      Law Passes Making Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

       By Washington, DC Criminal Defense Attorney David Benowitz

       

      Before November 2019, many types of animal cruelty were outlawed. Most forms of animal abuse were made criminal under state statutes, rather than under federal laws. Certain types of extreme violence against animals were previously federal crimes. However, these federal criminal statutes were often narrowly tailored and disjointed. 

       

      For instance, dog fighting and animal crush videos were both federal crimes prior to 2019. Animal crush videos are films in which small mammals, such as puppies or hamsters, are crushed to death for the titillation of viewers. The Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act banned the creation and distribution of this particular type of animal torture video in 2010. Although this federal statute was ...

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    7. Marketing Strategies During COVID-19: A Media Update

      Marketing Strategies During COVID-19: A Media Update

      By Steve Nober, CAMG

       

      As we face the COVID-19 crisis together, I know many firms are focused on getting back to business. A huge part of getting that business back on track is the task of bringing in cases to your firm. To help you with that task, our media team at CAMG has laid out below relevant information about the current media landscape, whether you’re marketing for local single event or national mass torts. 

       

      With all the bad news out there, the good news is that last week’s performance numbers were at or below acquisition costs that we have been tracking weekly through 2020. I predict that these costs will continue to drop as we progress through ...

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    8. Top Product Liability Cases of 2019

      Top Product Liability Cases of 2019

      Top Product Liability Cases of 2019

      Opioid multidistrict litigation: National Prescription Opiate Litigation (MDL 2804)

      The national opioid litigation was initially transferred to Cleveland in 2017, and the first bellwether trial was planned to take place in October of 2019. The case was settled hours before the trial was set to begin. Judge Polster who presides over the case has set more bellwether tracks for a number of plaintiffs and defendants to occur within the next year. Some plaintiff attorneys are advocating for a global negotiation to settle the cases of all the entities within the MDL. 

      Oklahoma’s state opioid lawsuit:

      State of Oklahoma v. Purdue Pharma, et al.

      In Oklahoma’s state opioid litigation, Johnson and Johnson became ...

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    9. MGM to Pay $800 Million to Victims of Las Vegas Shooting

      MGM to Pay $800 Million to Victims of Las Vegas Shooting

      MGM Resorts agreed in lawsuit settlements to pay $800 million to the victims of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting that left 58 people dead and hundreds more injured.

      The shooter, Stephen Paddock, barricaded himself inside his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel - owned by MGM - and proceeded to fire down onto the crowd of a country music festival. It is the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

      This settlement comes after MGM's initial attempts to remove all liability through aggressive legal action. MGM sought to stop victims from recovering any financial compensation from the company using an "Act of Terrorism" policy that was introduced after Sept 11. attacks.

      Victims and family members argued and ...

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