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"Maine AG’s office disagrees with judge’s criticism on late disclosures, but promises changes," by Emily Allen, Portland Press Herald, October 03, 2023
"Predictive Policing Software Terrible At Predicting Crimes," by Aaron Sankin and Surya Mattu, The Markup, October 02, 2023
"Maryland Supreme Court to Weigh Victims’ Rights in High-Profile Murder Case," by Rex Bossert, State Court Report, September 27, 2023
"How the crime-fraud exception can threaten attorney-client privilege," by David L. Hudson Jr., ABA Journal, October 01, 2023
"How far should lawyers go to make sure their clients aren't using them to launder money?," by Stephanie Francis Ward, ABA Journal, October 01, 2023
"Google User Data Has Become a Favorite Police Shortcut," by Julia Love and Davey Alba, Bloomberg Businessweek, September 28, 2023
"NACDL Expungement Clinic," Forever Cumberland, September 25, 2023
"Global civil society and experts statement: Stop facial recognition surveillance now," by Ella Jakubowska, European Digital Rights, September 26, 2023
"Judge denies class action status in Brown County lawsuit over lack of public defenders," by Sarah Lehr, Wisconsin Public Radio, September 26, 2023
"NACDL Urges Increased Accountability on Anniversary of Anton Black’s Death," Federal Newswire, September 20, 2023
"1 in 4 inmate deaths happens in the same federal prison. Why?," by Meg Anderson, NPR, September 23, 2023
"Last Prisoner Project Gets People Out of Prison for Weed," by Sarah Friedman, Cannadelics, September 21, 2023
"In Samia Appeal, U.S. Supreme Court Sets Precedent for Admitting Redacted Co-Defendant Confessions Despite Confrontation Clause," by Cindy Chen, Davis Vanguard, September 18, 2023
"As in Georgia case against Trump, Indiana's RICO law has been criticized," by Carson Gerber, The Herald Bulletin, September 13, 2023
"How the disgraced longtime leader of Portland’s marathon embezzled $1.2 million and got 2 public defenders," by Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian, September 15, 2023