Location of Golden State Killer trial could turn on several factors

Franklin Zimring quoted by Daily Journal (registration required), April 30, 2018

With so many crimes in so many jurisdictions, standard practices like trying the most serious charges first aren’t as easy to apply, said Franklin Zimring. … “What do you do when you have 12 homicides in three or four locations? … The answer is there is substantial negotiation.”

Capital Beat: Repeal aside, New Hampshire not ready for executions

Elisabeth Semel and Franklin Zimring quoted by Concord Monitor, April 30, 2018

Protocols that were designed poorly or improperly have opened some states up to constitutional challenges upon implementation, according to Elisabeth Semel … tying them up in even more legal delays. … “It sounds like New Hampshire has a lot of work to do,” Semel said Friday.

“What’s going on here a status competition,” said Frank Zimring … speaking on New Hampshire’s repeal efforts. “What’s going on here is the symbolic dance which has absolutely nothing to do with pushing the state close to actual execution.”

Federal judge upholds DACA, campus community remains unsettled

Leti Volpp and Linda Tam quoted by The Daily Californian, April 27, 2018

The recent ruling is significant for new DACA applicants, said Leti Volpp, a professor at Berkeley Law and director of the Center for Race and Gender, in an email.

“I definitely think this is a sign and a step in the right direction,” Tam said. “The courts are watching out and making sure that people’s rights are properly vindicated.”

Other judges are watching the Persky recall campaign, law school dean says

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by The Daily Post, April 26, 2018

Chemerinsky said Lemley and the recall campaign are cherry picking six cases out of Persky’s 15-year career as a judge. During that time he has handled more than 2,000 cases. Chemerinsky also said by recalling Persky judges will constantly be looking over their shoulder and handing down harsher sentences, which will likely affect Latinos and African American defendants more than white defendants.