The US Supreme Court in Carpenter v. US issued a significant opinion potentially limiting the Third-Party Doctrine and recognizing the Fourth Amendment’s application to technology. Timothy Carpenter was arrested on suspicion of multiple robberies committed in various jurisdictions. Carpenter was not a suspect until a co-defendant provided his cell phone number to officers. Law enforcement sent … More Fourth Amendment Prevails!
As many know, I have spent the last year teaching criminal and constitutional law at a Maine University. I am enjoying teaching immensely, and I was able to create a course focused entirely upon wrongful convictions. Educating young minds on our complicated and complex appellate and post-conviction processes has been incredibly rewarding. While I unfortunately … More Updates
Marty v. State, 2D15-1218 (Fla. 2d DCA 9/16/2016) In a rare move, the appellate court found trial counsel ineffective on direct appeal resulting in a new trial for a defendant convicted of aggravated assault. During an altercation with several neighbors, the defendant grabbed a firearm to defend himself. He aimed the weapon away from the … More 2DCA Reverses on Ineffective Assistance Claim