Can You Obtain a U.S. Passport with a Felony Record?

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A felony conviction is not something to be taken lightly. Whether you or someone you know is re-entering society after a felony charge and time served, there is a lot that may be affected.

Chiropractor is Charged with Felony Sexual Misconduct

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The Unfinished Business of Felony Murder

The Crime Report

The penalty for first degree felony murder is life in prison, without possibility of parole. The Massachusetts justices ruled that felony murder will no longer serve as an independent ground for a first-degree murder conviction.

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US Supreme Court declines to hear case regarding jury size in felony trials

JURIST

Six states in the US allow for trials before six or eight-person juries in felony cases: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts and Utah. The post US Supreme Court declines to hear case regarding jury size in felony trials appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Texas Officially Makes Performing Abortion a Felony

The Crime Report

Texas’ trigger law has officially gone into effect, making performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to life in prison and a civil penalty of not less than $100,000, plus attorney fees, with only narrow exceptions to save the life of a pregnant patient, reports the Texas Tribune.

Prior Felony Charges Shackle Portland’s Homeless to the Street

The Crime Report

The majority of Portland, Oregon’s homeless population find themselves unable to escape a life on the streets due to a criminal background they can’t shake off, specifically felony charges, reports Blair Best for KGW8.

Felony Convictions Prevent 4.6 Million People From Voting: Report

The Crime Report

million people, will be barred from voting in 2022 due to state laws banning people with felony convictions from doing so, reports NPR. According to new research from The Sentencing Project, roughly 2 percent of the voting age population in the United States, 4.6

Study: Felony Convictions Impede Access to Stable Housing

The Crime Report

Even if they’ve never served time in prison, people who have felony convictions still have difficulty accessing stable housing. Photo via Flickr.

What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor Traffic Offense and a Felony Traffic Offense?

LegalReader

The distinction between a misdemeanor and a felony depends on the severity of the crime. When it comes to traffic offenses, some are more serious than others. Crimes traffic accidents traffic cameras traffic citations traffic collision traffic fines traffic laws

Texas Makes Buying Sex a Felony

The Crime Report

A new Texas law taking effect in September, 2021, will make buying sex a state felony instead of a misdemeanor, making the state the first in the country to to charge so-called “Johns” with a state jail felony, reports Click2Houston.

Alabama Makes Gender-Affirming Care for Teens a Felony

The Crime Report

An Alabama law that makes it a felony to provide gender-affirming medical treatment to transgender youth has gone into effect after Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill on April 8, reports Reuters.

Washington state expands voting rights for individuals with felony convictions

JURIST

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Wednesday expanding voting rights for persons with felony convictions. The post Washington state expands voting rights for individuals with felony convictions appeared first on JURIST - News - Legal News & Commentary.

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Baltimore Prosecutor Faces Felony Charges for Perjury

The Crime Report

Eighth Circuit Finds Third Person/Spousal-Victim Exception to Marital Privilege Applies in Felony Murder Case

EvidenceProf Blog

The federal confidential marital communications privilege protects against the admission of confidential marital communications between spouses, much like the attorney-client privilege protects against the admission of confidential communications between a client and her attorney.

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States Embrace Novel Felony Charges to Criminalize Fossil Fuel Protesters 

The Crime Report

Nearly 900 protesters were arrested in Minnesota for protesting the pipeline’s construction, the vast majority of arrests taking place during the summer of 2021, with dozens facing felony charges.

As Inflation Rises, So Do Felonies for Small-Time Thefts

The Crime Report

Advocates are pushing states to create updated felony standards, arguing that outdated laws, which vary wildly from state to state, are unfairly making felons out of people who committed minor crimes such as stealing a pair of shoes, reports Axios.

Amid Cloud Of Secrecy, Judge Charged With Felony And Removed From Position

Above The Law

He's facing a felony menacing charge. Courts Colorado Crime Judge of the Day Mark Thompson State Judges

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Proud Boys HI founder pleads guilty to felony charges for Jan 6 riot participation

JURIST

The post Proud Boys HI founder pleads guilty to felony charges for Jan 6 riot participation appeared first on JURIST - News. Nicholas Ochs, founder of the Proud Boys Hawaii chapter, Friday pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding under 18 U.S.C.

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Court limits definition of “violent felony” in federal gun-possession penalty

SCOTUSBlog

Share A fractured Supreme Court on Thursday narrowed the scope of a key phrase in the Armed Career Criminal Act, ruling that crimes involving recklessness do not count as “violent felonies” for the purpose of triggering a key sentencing enhancement.

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Texas Judge Rules U.S. Can’t Stop People With Felony Indictments From Buying Guns

The Crime Report

District Judge David Counts has ruled that a federal law barring people under felony indictment from purchasing guns is unconstitutional, reports the Washington Post. Texas U.S.

Judge is charged with felony menacing in incident involving ‘AR-15 style rifle’

ABA Journal

The chief judge of Colorado’s 5th Judicial District has been charged with felony menacing in an incident allegedly involving an "AR-15 style rifle."

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US Supreme Court rules reckless offenses do not qualify as ‘violent felony’

JURIST

The US Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that “reckless” crimes qualify as violent felonies for purposes of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). The ACCA mandates a 15-year sentence for those persons found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm who have been convicted of three or more violent felonies in the past.

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Sacramento Shooting Suspect Won Early Release on Felony Charge

The Crime Report

Martin was freed in February after serving time for punching a girlfriend, dragging her from her home by her hair and whipping her with a belt, all nonviolent offenses under California law, which considers only about two dozen crimes to be violent felonies.

Felony-murder opinion filing tomorrow

At the Lectern

Tomorrow morning, the Supreme Court will file its opinion in People v. Gentile. Briefs here ; oral argument video here.) It will be the first decision in an October calendar case. Opinions in the other three October cases are expected by January 4. All of the cases had a Court of Appeal justice sitting pro tem. In Gentile , the court limited the issues to these: “1. Does the amendment to Penal Code section 188 by recently enacted Senate Bill No.

San Francisco PD Used a Woman’s Rape Kit DNA to Connect Her to a Felony

The Crime Report

San Francisco police used DNA collected in a rape exam as part of a domestic violence and sexual abuse case several years ago to link a woman to a felony property crime in the city, possibly violating the state’s Victims’ Bill of Rights as well as constitutional laws related to unreasonable searches and seizures, reports The Guardian.

First Capitol Rioter Charged With Felony Sentenced to 8 Months

The Crime Report

Hodgkins, the first person to have pleaded guilty to a single felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding before Congress by storming the Capitol on Jan. Paul A.

Georgia Makes Porch Piracy, Mail Theft a Felony

The Crime Report

A new law in Georgia is tackling the issues of porch piracy and mail theft by classifying certain degrees of the crimes as felonies, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Wastewater official faces felony charges for using city funds to pay employee’s law school tuition

ABA Journal

A California wastewater official faces felony state court charges of diverting public funds for personal use, after allegedly using municipal money to pay for an…

"Just About Any Felony": Court of Appeals of Georgia Finds Trial Judge Improperly Deemed Burglary a Crime of Dishonesty

EvidenceProf Blog

Similar to its federal counterpart, OCGA § 24-6-609(a) states the following: For the purpose of attacking the character for truthfulness of a witness: (1) Evidence that a witness other than an accused has been convicted of a crime shall be

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Kansas Criminal Justice Bill Makes ‘Sextortion’ a Felony

The Crime Report

The bill also makes it a felony crime to threaten to injure a person or the reputation of a person through the distribution of an image, video or other recordings of a person that is sexual in nature.

US federal judge dismisses wire fraud charges against former Uber security chief over hacking cover-up

JURIST

The charges against Sullivan included obstruction of proceedings , misprision of felony (failing to report a felony), and three counts of wire fraud.

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Attacking Store Workers for Enforcing Rules on Wearing Face Masks: Now a Felony in Illinois

Nolo's Blog

The post Attacking Store Workers for Enforcing Rules on Wearing Face Masks: Now a Felony in Illinois appeared first on Nolo. By E.A. Gjelten We’ve all seen the news: irate anti-maskers punching, shoving, or spitting on store employees or bus drivers who were trying to get them to cooperate with rules intended to slow the spread of COVID-19. Of course, it’s already a crime in most states to do anything like this (or to attack anyone else, for that matter).

“Supreme Court refuses to consider requiring 12-person juries; The court declined to take up an Arizona fraud case that could have eliminated the use of six- or eight-person juries in felony cases in the six states where they’re allowed”

HowAppealing

“Supreme Court refuses to consider requiring 12-person juries; The court declined to take up an Arizona fraud case that could have eliminated the use of six- or eight-person juries in felony cases in the six states where they’re allowed”: Lawrence Hurley of NBC News has this report.

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Former prosecutor faces felony misconduct charges related to alleged inappropriate relationship

ABA Journal

A former Michigan state prosecutor will be charged with two counts of felony misconduct in office after allegedly engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a…

Democratic Donor Convicted of Nine Felonies, Provided Fatal Meth Doses to Two Men

The Crime Report

Ed Buck, a small-time Democratic donor and political activist, was convicted by a federal jury on Tuesday of nine felonies, including providing fatal doses of methamphetamine to two men who died at his West Hollywood apartment 18 months apart, reports the New York Times.