Money bail has become a hotly debated topic in California. Criminal defendants who cannot afford a fixed or “scheduled” bail amount remain in jail while charges are pending, but wealthier defendants with exactly the same charges can obtain their freedom. The California Supreme Court has granted review in a case that will likely determine the constitutional parameters regarding how bail is set in this state.
The United States Supreme Court issued an important ruling upholding a vagueness challenge to the manner in which courts have determined whether a state criminal conviction constitutes a crime of violence and is thus an “aggravated felony” for immigration purposes.
The United States Supreme Court has held that, when there is clear evidence that a juror relied on racial bias to convict a defendant, a trial court may set aside the no-impeachment rule and inquire into the jury’s deliberations to determine whether the defendant was denied his or her Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury.