Menendez Mistrial

Avoiding a likely significant sentence that could have resulted in a de facto life sentence, a mistrial was declared in Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial.  Over 97% of federal criminal cases are resolved through a guilty plea.  Of the remaining 3% that go to trial, 2.4% result in guilty verdicts.  Thus, Sen. Menendez’s mistrial is

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H.R. 4261, the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Jason Lewis (R-MN) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at safely reining in the size and associated costs of the federal criminal code and prison system.  A press release with a link to the legislation can be here: https://bobbyscott.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/scott-lewis-introduce-bipartisan-criminal-justice-reform-legislation  

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