Lisa Mearkle: A Question of Self Defense or Criminal Homicide

In February a Hummelstown Police Officer named Lisa Mearkle attempted to pull over David Kassick. Mearkle noticed that the car Kassick drove had an expired inspection and emissions sticker. Kassick was not interested in pulling over that day. He sped away, leaving Mearkle with little choice but to chase after him. Mearkle caught up to […]

New York’s Governor Attempts to Put the Breaks on Bill to Legalize Medicinal Marijuana

New York is poised to pass a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use. Governor Andrew Cuomo has raised concerns about the bill as is and, as an appeals lawyer can explain, this may delay passage. What’s in New York’s Compassionate Care Act New York legislators have crafted the so-called Compassionate Care Act aimed at legalizing […]

Supreme Court Rejects Argument About Drugs Used In Lethal Injection

Since a botched execution in Oklahoma earlier this year, controversy has surrounded the composition and source of drugs used in lethal injections. As a federal appeals attorney explains, the U.S. Supreme Court has just rejected a Texas inmate’s bid to halt his execution. The Basis for the Appeal Convicted murder Robert James Campbell sits on death row […]

Florida High Court Rejects Death Row Inmate’s Appeal Claiming Mental Disability

The Florida high court has rejected an 11th-hour appeal for a stay of execution for a convicted murderer. An appeals attorney explains the background of the case and what’s next for the inmate. Florida Appeals Attorney Explains the Background of the Case 63-year-old John Ruthell Henry has been on death row for 27 years. He has allegedly killed […]

Federal Appeals Court Denies Terrorism Suspect Access to Government Files Used Against Him

As an Illinois appeals attorney can explain, a U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s opinion that would have allowed a terrorism suspect access to evidence gathered against him. The case illustrates an ongoing controversy between lawyers for suspected terrorists and the Justice Department. The Case Against the Suspect A 20-year-old man by the name […]

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