Category Archives: Felonies & Misdemeanors

Who is In Charge of a Defendant’s Trial?

The article below deals with a situation that can always put a lawyer representing a client at trial in a predicament. Who calls the shots? You are hired to do a job and there can be a conflict in how you do that job. Do you hire a contractor and tell them how to frame the house? What would the contractor do?

In this case, the Defendant faced the death penalty. The lawyer was trying to spare him death and felt that admitting to the jury that his client committed the client was a sound strategy to save him from the death penalty. The client wanted to maintain a defense that he was innocent. Obviously, the lawyer knew that defense wouldn’t work.

Trial strategy goes a long way in protecting a lawyer from challenges about the job that he/she does at trial. It is a situation you never want to be in, but is inevitable. The family hiring you puts you in any even greater predicament because ethically, just because a third party hires you, you are representing your client and the wishes of the third party matter not.

Would this lawyer’s strategy have worked if the client had testified at trial and acknowledged that he committed the crime? The prosecution assuredly had plenty to cross-examine him with.

Read the article. It is interesting.

Governor Bevin Unveils New Program to Help Inmates Gain Skilled Jobs Upon Release

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Re-Entry Jobs

Inmate Jobs

One of the hardest things to do when inmates get out of prison, is to find jobs.  Let alone good jobs.   Today, Governor Bevin unveiled a new apprenticeship program that will help inmates learn skilled jobs.  This will help inmates meet employers and receive training while still serving their time.  Then, once they are released, they will be more prepared to find good jobs.

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Re-Entry for Convicts: Senate Bill 120 Introduced Today

Re-Entry for Convicts

Re-Entry SB120
Governor Bevin introduced SB120, sponsored by Senator Westerfield, on February 14, 2017.  Courtesy of WKYT.

Today, Governor Bevin introduced a new law to help convicts’ re-entry into society.  Senate Bill 120 (SB120) was introduced to the KY Senate for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Senator Whitney Westerfield sponsored the bill.  The  purpose of the Bill is to help those who have served their time to get jobs and treatment.  This bill resulted from the Criminal Justice Reform panel that Governor Bevin initiated this past summer.

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Criminal Justice Reform, Coming Soon to Kentucky!

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Criminal Justice Reform

This past summer, Kentucky’s Governor created a council to consider proposed changes to the state’s criminal justice system.  The council has created proposals for criminal justice reform in the state.  This would result in reduced jail time for many lower level offenses.  This new approach is often referred to by the slogan, “Smart on Crime.”  Lawmakers will consider the council’s recommendations in coming legislative sessions.

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Felony Conviction Box No Longer On State Job Applications

Felons Jobs

Governor Bevin just signed an order that will help felons get jobs.  The order will remove the Felony Conviction box on State job application forms.

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Governor Bevin Signs Removal of Conviction Box on State Job Applications, courtesy of

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KYAnonymous, Hacker’s Co-Conspirator Sentenced

The co-conspirator to the computer hacker, KYAnonymous, has been sentenced in Federal Court.  See the story, below:

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To Die or Not to Die? That is the Question

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Capital Punishment and Mental Illness:

Whether you are in favor of the death penalty or against it, the following story could lead to a very disturbing result.

Are we going to put to death those who suffer from mental disease? Are the methods we use to determine the issue of  competence outdated?

We are getting ready to find out. See the article below.

Death penalty, the mentally disabled at issue for justices:

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