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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”[1] Few presidents, if any, match the effort President Obama made towards criminal justice reform. As a priority in his administration, Obama was the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He commuted “more federal sentences than [his] eleven predecessors combined.”[2] He “consoled the families of fallen…

In the American legal system, a jury trial is the summit of the district court mountain. Criminal cases advance towards the peak of trial, unless settled along the trek. For those that reach the top, a trial awaits. After a plethora of motions, stipulations, and procedural maneuvers, the first order of business is voir dire[1]…

When a person hears that someone is charged with a crime, the first thing they probably think to themselves is “well, did they do it? Are they guilty?” Do they ever think “is this even a crime?” Despite the fact there may be no due process right more fundamental than the one that laws must…

“No horseplay around the campfire!” Your momma told you. “Someone will get hurt!” In a series of unfortunate events at a Minnesota bonfire, someone did get hurt after falling into the fire, which triggered a first-degree assault[1] conviction in State v. Dorn. Dorn was partaking in a popular Minnesota pastime – attending a large outdoor…

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