Month: October 2019

It May Soon Be Legal to Collect DNA from Immigrants

By Lee Koch | October 31, 2019 | Comments Off on It May Soon Be Legal to Collect DNA from Immigrants

A proposed rule would allow immigration officials to collect DNA from detainees. This information is then placed in a national criminal database. This decision will impact 748,000 migrants. Prior to the passage of this rule, the FBI was already collecting DNA from anyone who had been arrested, charged, or convicted of serious crimes.  If the…

Here’s What You Need to Know About Appeals

By Lee Koch | October 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Here’s What You Need to Know About Appeals

On November 2, 2018, the United States Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Curtis Giovanni Flowers. Flowers was accused of murdering four employees of a Mississippi furniture store.  After three separate trials where he was convicted, the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the conviction and remanded the matter back to the lower court, where he then…