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  • Cold Case Billboard Seeking to Solve College Student’s Murder

    • By Jill R. Cohen

      August 15th, 2017

    Authorities are putting up billboards in New Jersey and surrounding states in the hopes of getting more information on a cold case from 2007 by offering a substantial reward of $100,000 if the information leads to a conviction in this case. A New Jersey college student had been killed in a mugging on the Glassboro [..]

  • Governor Christie Creates Lenient Expungement Legislation

    • By Jill R. Cohen

      August 8th, 2017

    Governor Christie had made a promise back in March that he would create legislation that would make it easier for individuals that have been convicted of a crime to have an easier time in getting a job. He wants to accomplish this by making it easier for certain convictions to be expunged from the record [..]

  • Changes in New Jersey Bail Laws Mean a Changing Landscape for Those Accused of Crimes

    • By Jill R. Cohen

      July 26th, 2017

    Over 40 U.S. states use a system that sets a cash bail amount for people charged with crimes. Supporters of these systems say that bail helps protect the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, by allowing people accused of crimes to return to their usual lives rather than languish in jail. The right [..]

  • New Federal Charging Guidelines Could Lead to Longer Prison Sentences

    • By Jill R. Cohen

      July 19th, 2017

    In a recent memorandum to federal prosecutors, Attorney General Jeff Sessions advised prosecutors to charge people suspected of federal crimes with the most serious offense they can prove, arguing that “the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence.” The memo pushes federal prosecutors to reverse course after eight years of [..]

  • New Jersey Implements New Guidelines for Speedy Trials

    • By Jill R. Cohen

      July 12th, 2017

    The U.S. Constitution states that citizens accused of crimes have the right to a “speedy trial.” The New Jersey State Constitution secures a similar right. But neither document defines what, exactly, it means by a “speedy” trial—and in some cases, the process may take months or years. Some U.S. states have experimented with setting specific [..]

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