Professor David Wexler writes... I recently learned of a very pro forma—but successful—felony expungement proceeding, a proceeding that puts into sharp focus the difference between the Therapeutic Design of the Law (TDL) and the Therapeutic Application of the Law (TAL). The Petitioner, with a many year old felony drug conviction and otherwise lawful behavior, … Continue reading A pro forma expungement proceeding: A lost therapeutic opportunity?
Guest blogger Thea Johnson, Associate Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law, teaches criminal law and procedure.... Since the election of Trump, there has been an interesting trend among prosecutors in the U.S. to resist the growing reach of federal immigration law in their own jurisdictions. A host of criminal convictions, including for … Continue reading Creative Plea Bargaining to Avoid Collateral Consequences