Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Taks Force Aims to Lighten Criminal Code

Gary Fields wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal on May 6, 2013 with the subtitle "Bipartisan Congressional Initiative Targets Bloated Federal Provisions Cited by Critics for Driving Up Incarceration Rates"

Key Points of the Article include: 
"Federal lawmakers and legal experts attribute part of the continuing increase to the rise in criminal offenses and regulations that carry prison time and the creation of laws that don't require knowledge of wrongdoing."

"...the U.S. has weakened a long-standing legal principle known as mens rea, Latin for a "guilty mind," which means the person must know they are doing something wrong before they can be found guilty."

The entire article can be found here.

Friday, February 22, 2013

How Mandatory Minimum Sentences Distort Plea Bargaining

The Economist is one of Steven's favorite publications.  In the January 26th issue, an article was printed titled THUMB ON THE SCALE: How Mandatory Minimum Sentences Distort Plea Bargaining.

While plea bargaining can certainly reduce the burden of our over scheduled courts, and can work the advantage to all parties, there is a downside.  Our over burdened court system, combined with mandatory minimum sentences has led to a beyond overburdened prison system.

The article concludes with the call that all defendants should have the right to see the evidence the state has collected against them - INCLUDING EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE, before a defendant accepts a plea bargain.

The article can be read in its entirety on The Economist 's website:  http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21570742-how-mandatory-minimum-sentences-distort-plea-bargaining-thumb-scale

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Solitary Confinment is Torture

In an issue of Rolling Stone magazine from last month, Jeff Tietz gave a raw look inside the use of Solitary Confinement within the US prison system.  Once saved for the most violent offenders, it's use is now common place as punishment for the mildest infractions. Even worse, it is used to make its victims willing to do or say anything to make it stop.

Sadly, the stories from this article sound all to familiar. 

Due to copyright subscriptions, I am unable to publish the article in its entirety. Please take a moment to borrow a copy or purchase a digital copy to read what REALLY happens in solitary confinement.  It is one of our nation's "dirty little secrets" that is finally being exposed.

http://www.textbooks.zinio.com/sitemap/Entertainment-magazines/Rolling-Stone/Dec-06-12/cat1960014/is-416244816/pg-59

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Photos requested

Steven is attempting to recreate his life through photos that have been lost to him. If you have photo(s) that you would like to share publicly or privately please email admin@stevengreenoe.com.

Steven is particularly interested in photos that were taken by others that show him at work or in uniform.  These photos could be critical to his defense. 

We are happy to accept photos with faces of others redacted as well as photos submitted anonymously. No photos submitted to this site will be published unless the submitter specifically indicates that they may be shared publicly.

Thank you.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Aaron Swartz - A Victim of Government Prosecutorial Overreach.

From AP via Huffington Post:

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. -- Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz was "killed by the government," his father told mourners Tuesday during his son's funeral in suburban Chicago.
Swartz, who help create Reddit and RSS, the technology behind blogs, podcasts and other web-based subscription services, was found dead Friday in his New York apartment. He was facing federal charges that alleged he illegally gained access to millions of articles from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer archive.
"He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles," he said.
Swartz, 26, was facing charges that carried a maximum penalty of decades in prison. His trial was scheduled to begin in April.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz had no comment about Robert Swartz's remarks, Ortiz spokeswoman Christina DiIorio-Sterling said.
Swartz's family also lashed out against prosecutors Saturday, saying the death was "the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach."
Swartz's case highlighted society's uncertain, evolving view of how to treat people who break into computer systems and share data not to enrich themselves, but to make it available to others.
Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, director of the Safra Center for Ethics where Swartz was once a fellow, both spoke at the funeral.
"We felt the indictment was nonsense and that he would be acquitted," Berners-Lee told the newspaper after the service.