Jeralyn Merritt

About Me:
Jeralyn is a Denver-based criminal defense attorney. She writes daily at TalkLeft: the Politics of Crime .
About Me:
Jeralyn is a Denver-based criminal defense attorney. She writes daily at TalkLeft: the Politics of Crime .

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ethan Brown, Author of “Snitch: Informants, Cooperators & the Corruption of Justice”

By: Sunday May 18, 2008 2:00 pm

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ethan Brown, Author of “Snitch: Informants, Cooperators & the Corruption of Justice”

Late Night: Mike Huckabee’s Tangled Web

By: Wednesday December 5, 2007 8:00 pm

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive….Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is on the ropes after repeated denials that he recommended parole for Arkansas rapist Wayne Dumond….He’s caught in a Willie Horton trap, and it’s a web of his own making.

Crack Cocaine Sentence Reductions Start Today

By: Thursday November 1, 2007 12:15 pm

Finally, a little relief is at hand for the vastly disparate and draconian crack cocaine sentences meted out by federal courts. New federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine offenses went into effect today.

Starting today, many offenders sentenced in federal court for crack will receive a sentence about 16 months less than they would have yesterday.

By way of background, through mandatory minimum sentencing laws, the Feds have punished crack crimes far

Mistrial in Dallas “Flagship” Terrorism Financing Trial

By: Tuesday October 23, 2007 9:00 am

.A mistrial was declared in Dallas yesterday in the Government’s “flagship” terrorism financing prosecution of a Muslim charity. With 197 counts to choose from and after two months of trial and 19 days of deliberation, there were no convictions on any of the counts for the five alleged leaders of the organization.The case, involving the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and five of its backers, is the

ACLU Scores a Big Win Against the Patriot Act

By: Thursday September 6, 2007 6:00 pm

A federal judge in New York today struck a fatal blow to the Patriot Act provision authorizing national security letters. The ACLU, which brought the lawsuit, reports:The law has permitted the FBI to issue NSLs demanding private information about people within the United States without court approval, and to gag those who receive NSLs from discussing them.

Announcing the YKos Panel on Live-Blogging the Scooter Libby Trial

By: Monday July 16, 2007 4:34 pm

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, the Yearly Kos Scooter Libby Live-Blogging Panel will soon be in session.If you are attending Yearly Kos in Chicago, it’s time to mark your calendars for opening day, August 2. You won’t want to miss your esteemed hostess Christy Hardin-Smith and indispensable FDL contributor Marcy Wheeler of The Next Hurrah provide their behind-the-scenes look at live-blogging the perjury and obstruction of justice trial of I.

Life on Supervised Release

By: Thursday July 5, 2007 8:45 am

The Scooter Libby question of the day is whether the Court can make Libby serve two years on supervised release as President Bush directed in his Executive Clemency Order, now that his prison sentence has been commuted. (For background, see Sentencing Law and Policy, Scotus Blog, Christy and TalkLeft.)As we wait for Judge Walton’s decision on whether supervised release only can be imposed on defendants who have completed a prison sentence,

Is A Quarantine Headed Our Way?

By: Tuesday May 29, 2007 3:00 pm

With ten dead in Iraq today and five Britons kidnapped, I was looking for some good news to write about. I didn’t find it. And in what seems like a page out of a science-fiction novel, I found this: U.S. Isolates Traveler Infected with Super-TB. The United States has isolated a man who may have [...]

Iraq to Bar Media Coverage of Bombings

By: Monday May 14, 2007 3:04 pm

Hi everyone, it’s Jeralyn from TalkLeft filling in for Jane this afternoon. I was going to write about opening arguments in the Jose Padilla trial, or the new DNA database legislation introduced by New York Governor Eliot Spitzer that would make it easier for inmates to request DNA testing to establish their innocence or the [...]

The Worst Argument for Libby’s Acquittal

By: Sunday February 18, 2007 6:18 pm

Former prosecutor Victoria Toensing has an op-ed in the Washington Post today (debunked nicely by Larry Johnson)outlining her case for Scooter Libby's acquittal. In two words: jury nullification. (Thanks, Victoria, for attempting to personally smear the prosecutor on the eve of closing arguments. I bet if a true criminal defense lawyer wrote an article like [...]

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