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Louisiana's shameful history of prosecutorial misconduct

Our justice system was designed in such a way that when it comes to criminal matters, the government alone can prosecute individuals accused of wrongdoing. There were many reasons the system was set up this way, likely including the hope that prosecutors working for the government would be concerned only with seeking justice and not with padding their résumé. In other words, a "win" would be a scenario in which a guilty individual - and only a guilty individual - was convicted.

FBI director discusses problems of racism in law enforcement

Even in short-term retrospect, it is clear that 2014 was a year of racial reckoning in the United States. Numerous high-profile cases of unarmed black men being shot and killed by white police officers dominated the news and sparked protests across the country.

What is the difference between state and federal criminal charges?

Like many people, you may be under the impression that criminal offenses tried in federal courts are more serious than those tried in state and municipal courts. To some extent, this is true. But the primary difference between state and federal crimes can have more to do with jurisdiction than severity in many cases.

False confessions often lead to wrongful conviction

In our post last week, we mentioned that the American public often has misperceptions about the criminal justice system due to what they see on television crime dramas. On TV, for instance, investigators use foolproof forensics tools and honed interrogation techniques to ensure that the guilty – and only the guilty – are convicted and put behind bars.

What are grand juries and how do they work?

The American public has been reckoning with difficult questions about the limits of law enforcement authority. In at least two separate incidents this year, white police officers have killed young, African-American men during altercations over petty offenses. In both cases, grand juries were convened and failed to indict the officers involved.

Race in the criminal justice system is a life & death issue

Recent events have reminded us that racial tensions are still high in many parts of the United States. A particularly strong reminder of this problem is the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this summer. Protests continued for weeks after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed, African-American teenager during an altercation.

Why the 'trial penalty' can lead to wrongful conviction

Several posts over the last year have focused on the problem of wrongful conviction. This is an important criminal defense issue for a number of reasons, the first of which being that each case of wrongful conviction and wrongful incarceration represents a major miscarriage of justice.

Meet Attorney Guillory

Attorney Joshua S. Guillory was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. Upon graduating high school from Alexandria Senior High, he enrolled in classes at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Josh was a member of Mu Kappa Tau, a national honor society for marketing majors, while attending... Read More

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