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Unlawful Entry in D.C.: Odumn v. United States

Jamison Koehler Opinions/Cases, Other Criminal Offenses

According to D.C. Court of Appeals decision in Odumn v. United States, “a landlord may not prohibit a tenant from inviting a third party onto leased premises for a lawful purpose, nor may the landlord prohibit such third party from entering or exiting the property through the property’s common space.”

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Analyzing D.C.’s “Revenge Porn” Statute

Jamison Koehler Other Criminal Offenses

In enacting the statute to criminalize the behavior commonly known as “revenge porn,” the D.C. City Council created “three separate offenses aimed at capturing the three primary forms of non-consensual pornography: (1) unlawful disclosure; (2) first degree unlawful publication; and (3) second degree unlawful publication.”

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Mitchell v. U.S.: Cruelty to Children is a General Intent Offense

Jamison Koehler Opinions/Cases, Other Criminal Offenses

In Pennsylvania, the offense is known as endangering the welfare of a child.  In D.C., it is cruelty to children and, as the D.C. Court of Appeals pointed out recently in Mitchell v. United States, 64 A.3d 154 (D.C. 2013), you cannot read too much into the title of a criminal offense:  The title is of use in interpreting a …