Multiple Defendant Cases: When the Death Penalty is Imposed on the Less Culpable Offender

When more than one person is involved in a crime resulting in death, in most jurisdictions the felony murder doctrine operates to render everyone equally responsible for murder. Lay people often find it surprising, and somewhat disturbing, that the “lookout” … Continue reading

Empowering the Sentencing Commission: A Different Resolution to the Cocaine Sentencing Drama

Cocaine sentencing policy has been the source of vociferous debate for more than twenty years. Under the traditional sentencing scheme, criminal defendants convicted of crack cocaine offenses (who were usually black) were disproportionately sentenced to longer prison terms than defendants convicted of … Continue reading