RM93: Tiering Versus Leveling

Welcome to Episode 93 of Registry Matters. Larry has selected the batch of articles for this week. We start off with an article about a prosecutor who is doing a bait and switch on progressive ideals; An accused should have the presumption of innocence until due process, regardless of “high achieving”; Our justice system is severely slanted – the prosecution has so much power compared to the public defenders;  Prison law libraries are inadequate – are we surprised?; The families of those formerly incarcerated have a heavy lift in supporting their own; Louisiana tries to punish people for life, those supporting those accused are fighting back; Jailers are shockingly using subtle tactics to deprive those behind bars of sleep; California is pushing back hard against facial recognition used by law enforcement and government; Also California may join other states in allowing those with convictions to serve on juries; Oregon AG is worried that thousands of convictions could be invalidated by a SCOTUS ruling; Larry takes on his (mostly) weekly segment on Scalia; And finally a couple listener questions to close things out.

[3:15] https://theappeal.org/harris-county-da-seeks-execution-of-intellectually-disabled-man-lawyer-says/

[10:50] https://time.com/5673995/florida-judge-sexual-assault-high-achieving-student/

[19:30] https://theappeal.org/balancing-the-scales-of-justice/

[27:30] https://www.law360.com/access-to-justice/articles/1195317/are-prison-law-libraries-falling-short-on-access-goals

[37:40] https://www.themarshallproject.org/2019/09/13/when-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-are-punished-parents-pay-the-price

[41:40] https://theappeal.org/louisiana-lifers/

[43:50] https://www.courthousenews.com/jailers-still-interrupting-sleep-bay-area-inmates-tell-judge/

[47:20] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-facial-recognition/california-legislature-bars-facial-recognition-for-police-body-cameras-idUSKCN1VX2ZP

[55:10] https://www.ktvu.com/news/felons-could-soon-start-serving-on-juries-in-california-for-the-first-time

[1:02:00] https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/crime/2019/09/12/oregon-attorney-general-supreme-court-ruling-could-invalidate-1000-s-convictions-apodaca-ramos/2215887001/

[1:07:50] Scalia on Equal Protection

[1:16:10] Tiering versus leveling

[1:29:40] Listener Question from J:
Denying voter rights to felons. Aren’t states violating the Constitution because the 15th amendment which says, “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” When you are a prisoner that is a condition of servitude. Thank you guys and guests.

[1:32:40] Question from Will

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