Judge Makes Example of Jan. 6 Rioter Sentenced to 45 Days for Misdemeanor

The Crime Report

Chutkan acknowledged that Mazzocco had pleaded guilty only to one misdemeanor count of “parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building,” a common charge for many of the rioters.

Court declines to endorse warrantless entries in all “hot pursuits” for misdemeanors

SCOTUSBlog

Share The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that when police are pursuing someone for a misdemeanor, that pursuit does not automatically create the kind of emergency that allows the officer to follow the suspect into a home without a warrant.

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Justices hear argument on whether “hot pursuit” for misdemeanors allows police to enter home without a warrant

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SCOTUS rules for fleeing misdemeanor suspect charged after police entered his garage

ABAJournal

Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers who are pursuing a misdemeanor suspect aren’t necessarily entitled to enter a home without a… Developing: The U.S.

The McCloskey Plead Guilty To Minor Misdemeanors in Conclusion of St. Louis Protest Case

JonathanTurley

Now, the couple has been allowed to plead to two minor misdemeanors in the conclusion of a highly politicized case. Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault while Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment. YouTube Screenshot.

St. Louis Couple Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanors After Pointing Guns at Protesters

The Crime Report

couple who made headlines for pointing guns at demonstrators during last June’s protests over the death of George Floyd, pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges, and agreed to give up the weapons they used during the confrontation, the Associated Press reports. The St. Louis, Mo.,

SCOTUS Holds “Hot Pursuit” for Misdemeanors Doesn’t Always Justify Warrantless Entry into Home

Constitutional Law Reporter

It held that, under the Fourth Amendment , the pursuit of a fleeing misdemeanor suspect does not always (or categorically) qualify as an exigent circumstance justifying a warrantless entry into a home. The State charged Lange with the misdemeanor of driving under the influence.

Three-Part Series: Criminal Case Processing in North Carolina, Part II – Misdemeanors

NCBA

By the North Carolina Judicial Branch Are you interested in understanding more about criminal court case processing in North Carolina? Courtesy of the North Carolina Judicial Branch, the Paralegal Division blog is publishing a three-part series the first three weeks of February.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson pardons gun-wielding lawyer couple

JURIST

Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000.

How to File A Petition for Expungement in California

APeoplesChoice

Miscellaneous california expungement process do it yourself expungement expunge a california misdemeanor expungement costs expunge a felony convictionIndividuals with criminal records can “clean their slate” through expungement.

Crimes And Misdemeanors A Cultural Reflection

TheParalegalResource

Many of those accused of crimes involving drugs and alcohol choose to roll the dice and face jail or prison, rather than embrace a healthy sober lifestyle when advised to do so by their attorneys and the Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange County courts. High end rehabs can be a cushy alternative to jail. However, low income alternative sentencing facilities often require living in close quarters with an emotionally challenging cast of surly characters.

Former Michigan governor is charged in Flint water crisis; is conviction a longshot?

ABAJournal

Rick Snyder has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect in decisions that caused lead to contaminate the water supply… Former Michigan Gov.

Racial Disparities Found in Virginia Speeding Convictions: RAND

The Crime Report

Virginia law states that any motorist pulled over for driving 20 miles per hour or more about the limit (to an excess of 80 mph in any speed limit) the driver is eligible to be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor violation.

Lawyer charged with phone harassment after partner tweets resignation and his jet is repossessed

ABAJournal

Prominent San Antonio lawyer Martin Phipps is facing a criminal misdemeanor charge and complaints by a former law partner who resigned on Twitter. Phipps, 51,…

Virginia Couple Plead Guilty in Capitol Riot, Opening Door For Future Cases 

The Crime Report

6 attack, a misdemeanor with a sentence of up to six months, in a plea deal that could set a benchmark for hundreds of other cases, reports Reuters. Jessica and Joshua Bustle of Bristow were the first to reach such an agreement with prosecutors on a misdemeanor charge.

US Supreme Court ruling limits when police officers can enter home without warrant

JURIST

California that, under the Fourth Amendment, pursuit of a fleeing misdemeanor suspect does not always or categorically qualify as an exigent circumstance justifying warrantless entry into a home. The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously in Lange v.

Lawmakers Push for Heavier Penalties for Referee Abuse

The Crime Report

Most of the bills under consideration would increase existing penalties or up the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony.

That’s Not How Any Of This Works — See Also

AboveTheLaw

Just A Misdemeanor Of A Mass Riot : Lawyers for Ashli Babbit's family say she was wrongfully killed over misdemeanor trespass. How Do You Bluebook 'A Hunch'? : The hot take universe pegs eviction moratorium extension as unconstitutional. It's an argument that rests on completely ignoring the role of courts in the constitutional order. And it's also just stupid. Frère Ronnie, Dormez-vous : Ron DeSantis gets whipped by cruise line over dormant commerce clause.

Police Recommend Charges for Four Protesters Over Sinema Bathroom Row

The Crime Report

Police from Arizona State University, where Sinema teaches, are recommending that four people involved in the incident receive misdemeanor charges related to disruption of an educational institution and disorderly conduct. Police are recommending charges for four people who followed Sen.

Louisiana governor signs bill eliminating jail time for possession of marijuana

JURIST

The bill makes the possession of 14 grams or less a misdemeanor in all cases and limits the fine for possession to $100 with no jail time. Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards signed a new law on Tuesday that eliminates prison time for the possession of modest amounts of marijuana.

New Mexico Pretrial Justice Practices Show Signs of Success

The Crime Report

Improvements to New Mexico’s pretrial practices are working to promote community safety and honor the constitutional principles of the American justice system, reports the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Report: Without Racial Equity, Prosecutorial Diversion Programs Come Up Short

The Crime Report

A recent report by the Prosecutorial Performance Indicators project has found that while overall more Black defendants than white were placed in diversion programs in three of four major cities, more white defendants than Black defendants had their felony cases placed in diversion programs in all of the cities, reports Law360.

$296 Billion Per Year on Criminal Justice Buys Very Little Safety

The Crime Report

More than 70 million people in this country—one in three adults—have a criminal record, with roughly 45 million having a misdemeanor conviction.

Race Can Determine Who Avoids Prison: Study

The Crime Report

Among misdemeanors, Black defendants have the highest diversion rates in Jacksonville and Tampa, and the lowest in Milwaukee. In Jacksonville, “Black defendants have increasingly higher diversion rates among misdemeanors,” the authors write.

California utility charged with manslaughter following deadly wildfire

JURIST

She announced her office had filed a 31-count complaint against PG&E, alleging eleven felonies and 20 misdemeanors in connection with the fire.

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Federal appeals court upholds Indiana law mandating reporting of abortion complications

JURIST

Failure to comply with the law is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison and $1,000 in fines.

L.A. County DA Dismisses 60,000 Past Marijuana Convictions

The Crime Report

The remainder were misdemeanors filed in jurisdictions that do not have their own city attorney’s offices.

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

Nolo's Blog

Still, unless the worker is seriously injured as a result, it’s usually only a misdemeanor. 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).

Federal appeals court upholds pro-worker California law limiting arbitration

JURIST

Violations of the law can be considered a misdemeanor offense, which potentially may result in civil sanctions for the employer. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held Wednesday that workers in California will not be forced into arbitration as a condition of employment.

TikTok Campaigns Prompt Students to Vandalism and Violence: Educator

The Crime Report

Cherokee County had to discipline students after bathroom soap, toilet paper dispensers, ceiling tiles and teachers’ classroom supplies were stolen, according to a spokeswoman, with two cases producing misdemeanor juvenile charges of criminal trespass.

New York Lawmakers Push for ‘Clean Slate’ Bill

The Crime Report

The bill would cover both misdemeanor and felony convictions. Records for misdemeanor convictions would be sealed a year after the sentence is imposed and three years for a felony. Misdemeanor convictions would be expunged after five years and felonies after seven years.

Criminal Records on the News Have Long-Term Economic Effects

The Crime Report

Amanda Agan, an assistant professor of economics at Rutgers University, said that she and other academics found that even being charged with a misdemeanor crime could increase one’s future recidivism. There are real economic stakes when it comes to having your past on record in perpetuity.

New York Woman Wearing Python Hits Car, Crashes Through Firehouse, and Damages Firetrucks

JonathanTurley

Reckless endangerment in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor. Every person violating this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Notably, this is a misdemeanor as opposed to the second endangerment provision that can be a felony.

Kansas Courts Allow Continued Tracking of People After Conviction

The Crime Report

Whether they were convicted of serious felonies or misdemeanors, registrants must check in with their sheriff’s office and pay $20 every three months.

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.

Florida legislature passes anti-riot bill backed by Governor DeSantis

JURIST

The provision, enacted in response to videos of protestors who were harassing outdoor restaurant customers, would allow groups of three or more people who “threaten to use imminent force” to persuade others to change their viewpoint to be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor.

50 Portland Officers From Crowd Control Unit Resign

The Crime Report

Just hours after Officer Corey Budworth, a member of the Portland, Ore.,

DOJ sues Georgia over new law restricting voting

JURIST

Notably, the bill also makes it a misdemeanor to provide food and water to those waiting in line to vote. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday a new lawsuit against the state of Georgia, alleging the state’s new voting law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Bhutan’s Parliament votes to decriminalize homosexuality

JURIST

” The crime was deemed to be a petty misdemeanor, the punishment for which could extend up to a year as per Section 214 of the Penal Code. Bhutan’s Parliament adopted the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill of 2019 on Thursday, decriminalizing homosexual conduct between two consenting adults.

Proud Boys leader arrested for burning Black Lives Matter flag

JURIST

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was arrested in Washington, DC, Monday on a misdemeanor count for burning a Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag last month.