Constitutional Law Criminal Law

SCOTUS Changes Face of Criminal Trials With New Decision About Jurors and Race

The Supreme Court threw open the normally tightly-sealed doors of the jury room in overturning the conviction of Miguel Pena-Rodriguez in the case of Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado. In a 5-3 decision written by Justice Kennedy, the Court ruled that a juror’s racial basis in the jury room – which was only revealed to the public […]


Sototmayor Blasts Prosecutor’s Racist Question But Defendant Still Loses His Appeal

The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of Bongani Charles Calhoun, convicted of a Federal Drug Conspiracy and is likely doing decades in jail as a result. The primary issue at trial was whether Calhoun knew that the friend he had accompanied on a road trip, along with the friend’s associates, were about to […]