Michelle Carter’s text messages – manslaughter or protected?

By: Jonathan Simms

On June 16, 2017, Michelle Carter was found guilty of manslaughter in Massachusetts. While I cannot comment on the laws of Massachusetts, the concept of manslaughter being stretched to encompass a verdict of guilty in this case has troubling implications. …

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Immigration Considerations in Criminal Law

By: Jonathan Simms

There are two immigration consequences which can be at stake when a client pleads guilty to a criminal offense, inadmissibility back into the United States and the possibility of deportation.  A non-citizen is inadmissible if convicted of a crime involving …

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The War on Drugs Just Got a Reboot

By: Jonathan Simms

The ink has barely dried on Jeff Sessions’ confirmation papers but he has made it clear that he will seek an aggressive roll back of criminal justice reforms that were put in place by former President Obama. Step one is …

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The First Step After Arrest on Federal Charges

By: Jonathan Simms

The Rule 5 Hearing When a person is arrested on allegations that he/she has committed a federal crime, the first step in the process is called an initial appearance, which is commonly referred to as a “Rule 5 Hearing”. This …

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