In State v. M. J. M, appellant appealed a judgment that committed her to Mental Health Division custody, arguing she had proven to the trial court by a preponderance of the evidence “she was willing and able to and would probably participate in voluntary treatment.” Once a court finds a person is mentally ill by… Read More
When three of defendant’s four appointed attorneys withdrew following threats by defendant, trial court did not err by declining to appoint a fifth attorney. Would it have been better had the court had advise defendant of the risks of self-representation? Maybe. But the Court of Appeals found the trial judge’s warning that defendant’s misconduct toward… Read More
The entire field of cuteness psychology was founded by a Nazi… Read More
A group of advocates in Rhode Island are suing the state prison over a century-old law that declares inmates serving life sentences legally dead.
An interesting legal issue came up in Municipal Court. When city prosecutors accuse someone of committing a crime, they have to give them a document called a “criminal complaint.” It’s supposed to tell them what law they broke and how they broke it. Due to the high volume of cases churning through the system, however,… Read More