A California court of appeals saved Detrice Garmon’s civil case against LA County prosecutors, reversing a dismissal. The Illinois supreme court is making Christopher Geiler pay the speeding ticket he’d beaten at trial. Self-represented litigants win and lose their cases every day, but a judge’s decision at trial is often not the last word.
Attorney Mike Moity of New Iberia, Louisiana couldn’t stand by while visitors from Dallas, arrested on ridiculous misdemeanors, sat in jail awaiting trial because they couldn’t pay bail. So he paid it for them.
Evidence is mounting that we’ve lost our collective minds. When courts need reminding that poverty is not a criminal offense — in 2016 — it’s time to reboot the system.
A ProPublica study finds that the New York Police Department has been using nuisance abatement laws to evict people without a trace of due process, when they haven’t even been charged with a crime. This has to be a bridge too far.