Innocent Possession of a Firearm in D.C.

The innocent or momentary possession of a firearm or any other type of contraband is a valid defense in Washington, D.C.

In Re Gault: “Constitutional Domestication” of the Juvenile Justice System

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There are only a small number of criminal cases that all lawyers, even those who don’t practice criminal law, seem to know.  Although Miranda v. Arizona is probably the most famous, there is also Gideon v. Wainwright (right… Read More

On Ashe v. Swenson: Double Jeopardy and Collateral Estoppel

Many laypersons suffer from misconceptions about the protections offered by the Double Jeopardy Clause contained in the 5th Amendment to the Constitution. As Blonde Justice pointed out in one of her funnier posts, for example, double jeopardy does not… Read More

Quarles v. Commonwealth: Coerced Confessions in Virginia

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In Quarles v. Commonwealth, a recently issued opinion by the Virginia Court of Appeals, the court considered a set of facts similar to the U.S. Supreme Court case of Rhode Island v. Innis.  However, finding a number of… Read More