DOJ Memo: Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

Sessions Issues Memo on Use of Death Penalty in Drug-Related Cases: (“Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday issued a memo to U.S. attorneys about seeking the death penalty for some drug traffickers, which was part of President Trump’s plan to combat the opioid epidemic released earlier this week. * * * I strongly encourage federal prosecutors to use these statutes, when appropriate, to aid in our continuing fight against drug trafficking and the destruction it causes in our nation,” Sessions wrote.”)

The US Supreme Court and Guns: a Primer

Where the Supreme Court stands on Gun Laws: (“The Supreme Court has weighed in on relatively few gun-related cases. We look at why.”)

Banks Hedging on Cannabis Industry

Questions Raised After Bank Terminates Cannabis-Industry Lawyer’s Account: (“Khurshid Khoja says he tries to play by the rules. * * * The Greenbridge Corporate Counsel founder advises state-legal marijuana-related businesses. He knows the sector they all work in is legally murky. California rolled out its licensed recreational market on Jan. 1, but the federal government still considers marijuana an illegal drug. *  * * Khoja says he operates by certain business principles. His clients do not pay in cash. Deposits into the law firm’s state bar-required trust account are identified by their source and visible to the bank. Every client must comply with Obama-era guidance—since rescinded by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions—designed to minimize the chances of federal prosecution.”)

Rumors of Moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Retirement

Will Anthony Kennedy Retire?  What Influences a Judge’s Decision: (“Supreme Court justices say they do not act politically when they decide cases. But they freely admit to taking account of politics in deciding when to retire. Most justices, for instance, try to step down under politically like-minded presidents.”)

US Supreme Court May Hear Case About Police Destruction of Property During Consent Searches

Should Cops Be Allowed to Rip Up Your Stuff While Looking for Drugs?: (“On April 10, 2015, Alexis Gonzalez-Badillo was standing outside a bus station in Laredo, Texas, waiting to board a bus to Houston. A uniformed police officer was milling about, searching for contraband. Their paths soon crossed, resulting in Gonzalez-Badillo’s arrest and setting off a long legal battle that may conclude at the Supreme Court in the coming months.”)