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John Lloyd’s Legal Guides

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  • Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals - August 14, 2015 Summary

    Below are some write ups, notes and thoughts on the August 14th Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Releases: Hall v. State CR-14-0627 Hall was convicted of second-degree theft. The charge basically inv

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  • Court of Criminal Appeals Releases - July 10th

    The Court of Criminal Appeals released a few opinions early this month, including a capital murder conviction with death sentence on the grounds that the defendant's right to self-representation had b

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  • Alabama Supreme Court: Higdon v. State of Alabama

    *This guide contains "mature content", so please be advised before reading on* This guide discusses a recent decision made by the Alabama Supreme Court in the area of sex-crime prosecution. Introdu

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  • Alabama Courts Finally Adopt US Supreme Court Precedent 12 Years Later

    *This post contains more “mature” content than my usual posts, so please be aware before reading on* This guide discusses how the Court of Criminal Appeals applied Lawrence v. Texas to strike down

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  • Lethal Injection - Glossip v. Gross

    This guide breaks down the US Supreme Court's rejection of a challenge by death-row inmates in Oklahoma to the constitutionality of the first drug used as part of the state's three-drug cocktail for i

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  • SCOTUS - Administrative Searches - Los Angeles v. Patel

    This guide breaks down the US Supreme Court's recent decision in Los Angeles v. Patel regarding administrative searches. Background Under the Los Angeles Municipal Code, hotel operators are required t

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  • Liberty - When A Court Takes Away A Right

    July 3, 2013 On the eve of Independence Day, 2013, I was thinking about talking about the Declaration of Independence, freedom, our rights and privileges, and some thoughts on the current state of affairs in Alabama and America. I was going to re-post the Declaration of Independe...

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  • Police and Your Cell Phone – The Scary State of Alabama Law

    If you were to get arrested, would you think the police could look through your smart phone to find evidence of your wrongdoing? Would it surprise you to learn that in Alabama our caselaw would allow a police to search through your phone if you are arrested for any reason? Sadly...

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  • Thoughts on Split Sentences and Probation

    Recently, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has taken up a number of cases involving defendants who have pleaded guilty, received a split sentence (which was illegal in some form or fashion) and had the split sentence revoked. The central question in these cases has been this...

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  • Your DNA, the Government and Cold Cases

    In April of 2009, Alonzo King was arrested in Maryland after he threatened a group of people with a shotgun and was later charged with a couple of counts of assault. Pursuant to a Maryland law that allows law enforcement to obtain a DNA sample of people accused of crimes of viole...

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