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Landmark Cases: Rights

2 May 2017

Part 4: Rights of Defendants, Prisoners Rights, Sex Offenders


Defendant’s Rights

  1. North Carolina v. Alford,
  2. Colorado v. Connelly,

Prisoner’s Rights

  1. Baxtrom v. Herold,
  2. Estelle v. Gamble,
  3. Vitek v. Jones,
  4. Farmer v. Brennan,
  5. Brown v. Plata,

Sex Offenders

  1. Specht v. Patterson,
  2. Allen v. Illinois,
  3. In re: Young and Cunningham,
  4. Seling v. Young,
  5. Kansas v. Hendricks,
  6. Kansas v. Crane,
  7. McKune v. Lile,
  8. U.S. v. Comstock

Landmark Cases: Insanity

2 May 2017

Part 3: Insanity


  1. M’Naughan,
  2. Durham v. U.S.,
  3. Washington v. U.S.,
  4. Frendak v. U.S.,
  5. Jones v. U.S.,
  6. Federal Insanity Defense Reform Act, and
  7. Foucha v. Louisiana

Landmark Cases: Expert Witnesses, Diminished Capacity, Drugs and Alcohol

2 May 2017

Part 2: Cases regarding Expert Witnesses, Diminished Capacity, and Drugs and Alcohol


Diminished Capacity

  1. Ibn-Tamas v. U.S.,
  2. Montana v. Egelhoff,

Expert Witness Testimoney

  1. Frye v. U.S.,
  2. Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals,
  3. Kumho Tire v. Carmichael,

Drugs and Alcohol

  1. Robinson v. California, and
  2. Powell v. Texas

Landmark Cases: Competence to Stand Trial

29 April 2017

This is just a little project to help me get ready for some upcoming exams.

Part 1: Competence to Stand Trial


  1. Dusky v. U.S.,
  2. Wilson v. U.S.,
  3. Jackson v. Indiana,
  4. Riggins v. Nevada,
  5. Godinez v. Moran,
  6. Cooper v. Oklahoma,
  7. Indiana v. Edwards, and
  8. Sell v. U.S.


Month of Gratitude, day 30

30 November 2015

Today, I’m grateful that even though everything must come to an end, there’s always tomorrow with a brand new day and brand new questions and brand new adventures. Today maybe the last day of this month, but we’ve got December in front of us and after December comes January with a whole new year. I like that everyday the chance to do it a little bit better then I did the day before, I particularly appreciate that on days when I did not do better than the day before because it means I get another chance.

Month of Gratitude, day 29

29 November 2015

Today I’m grateful that I’ve lived my entire life in safety and security. I’ve always had enough, even when times were tight financially. I grew up with parents who worked hard to ensure we had enough, and taught us to work hard ourselves. They taught us to be frugal. They taught us to save and reuse. They taught us to be grateful for what we have, rather than dwelling on what we do not.

I’ve never had to wonder where my next meal was going to come from, or when it might be, or if someone would try to take it from me. I’ve never had to worry about where I was going to sleep that night. Or where to find something to drink . Or how I’d get to work, or if I was going to have a job to go to in the morning.

I’ve never had to worry about whether or not my family would be safe while I was away from home.

I have so much, and I’m grateful for it.

Month of Gratitude, day 28

28 November 2015

Today I’m grateful that my faith is something I carry with me, inside my mind and my heart, and for my own (flawed) relationship with God. I so often have to work during church. When I’m not there, I miss it, but I can look inward and find the light that faith brings to me. I draw upon that faith, and the principles I’ve learned growing up when I’m in difficult situations, whether the difficulties are with trying to find empathy for someone who is struggling in ways I don’t understand, or to work through problems that seem so large I can’t see beyond them, or to find peace in the face of misfortune.

I don’t, at all, intent to say that my own faith, and my own beliefs are the only ways a person can find and develop empathy, strength or hope, but they are a large part of the way I have developed those things, and I’m grateful that despite my belief in the importance of attending my church meetings, I don’t have to do that in order to benefit from the things I believe about God.

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