Criminal Justice Section

Criminal Justice Magazine, Winter 2002



Grand Jury: Ripe for Reform
Council for Court Excellence suggests changes
By Michael Waldman
Is today’s grand jury off-balance? Has it stray from its original intent—to protect citizens against arbitrary and oppressive government action—and become a rubber stamp for prosecutors? From reducing the number of jurors to letting defense council into the jury room, the nonpartisan Council for Court Excellence studied ways to modify the grand jury so it can fulfill its constitutional mandate.

Prison Litigation Reform Act Raises the Bar
By Elizabeth Alexander
Tagged onto a 1996 appropriations bill, the PLRA was meant to curb the number of frivolous cases filed by prisoners. The author examines the chilling effect of the legislation, its impact on inmates, including juvenile and pre-trial detainees, and questions whether it creates obstacles too great for litigants to scale.

Immigration Law for Criminal Lawyers:
By Robert James McWhirter
In an excerpt from the Section’s popular new book, author James McWhirter offers a primer of the basics for those who practice
immigration law.

Gatekeepers Initiative:
Seeking Middle Ground Between Client and Government
By Bruce Zagaris
White-collar practitioners take note: The European Union is spearheading a move to require those with knowledge of possible money-laundering to report these actions to the government. The article examines what this means to U.S. lawyers and the concept of attorney-client privilege.


Chair’s Report to Members
The first thing we do, let’s kill all the terrorists

Federal Sentencing
Counseling your clients on doing time

Indigent Defense
2001 state roundup

Criminal Justice Matters
Legally Blonde; ethically bold

The anti-contact rule in criminal / investigations

Scientific Evidence
Fabricated reports

Trial Tactics
Declarations against interests and the Confrontational Clause

Juvenile Justice
Recapturing the child in adult court

Section News
Midyear in Philly; resolutions to the ABA House

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