Monday, October 27, 2014

Milwaukee Family Seeks Charges In Police Shooting (Associated Press Covers Killing Of Dontre Hamilton In Red Arrow Park)

Mr. Hamilton was shot with 14 bullets by an officer who instigated an altercation with an illegal pat-down.  The officer has since been relieved (the first such sanction in the history of Milwaukee).  The family has peaceably engaged in protests while awaiting a determination of whether criminal charges will be brought against Christopher Manney, the officer who unlawfully instigated a pat-down and then killed Mr. Hamilton.  The AP story and related video are available here:;_ylt=AwrBEiHfSU5UblAAFF3QtDMD
We are counsel to the family of Dontre Hamilton in this matter.   Thursday, October 30, 2014, will mark since months since the killing, and the District Attorney of Milwaukee still has yet to make a decision as to whether to criminally charge the officer, citing the need for outside sources to do an independent use of force evaluation.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Wallach On Law – “Final Words”, A Collection Of Last Statements Of Executed Inmates, And Exonoree Ray Krone, Who Came Too Close To Being One – Featuring Marc Asnin and Ray Krone.

Celebrated Photojournalist Marc Asnin discusses his new work, “Final Words”, which documents the final statements of executed death row inmates.  And Ray Krone, a celebrated veteran with no criminal history who spent 10 years incarcerated based on bunk “bite-mark” science, discusses his road to innocence.  Wallach On Law can be heard on iTunes, YouTube, and Stitcher, and this episode can be head on here:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Californians Endorse Bipartisan Measure To Decrease Incarceration

According to a NY Times article captioned “California Voters to Decide on Sending Fewer Criminals to Prison”– Californians will soon have the opportunity to send less people to prisons. 

The author states:  Proposition 47, as it is called, would redefine thefts, forgery and other property crimes involving less than $950, and possession for personal use of drugs including heroin and cocaine, as misdemeanors — punishable by at most one year in a county jail, and often by probation and counseling. The changes would apply retroactively, lightening the penalties for thousands already in prison or jails.
Not only would many offenders avoid the crippling mark of a felony record, but the expected savings to the state government of up to a few hundred million dollars per year would be earmarked for mental health and substance abuse treatment, for counseling of potential school dropouts and for victim services, in hopes of breaking the cycle of crime. (Counties would also save several hundred million dollars annually, according the state legislative analyst.)

(note:  Rumor has it that the state legislative analyst will be an upcoming guest on Wallach on Law).

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wallach On Law – The Kelly Report and The Need For Gun Legislation – Featuring Congress Person Robin Kelly

Wallach On LawThe Kelly Report and The Need For Gun Legislation – Featuring Congress Person Robin Kelly.  Congress Person Robin Kelly of the Second Congressional District of Illinois compiled “The Kelly Report” – a comprehensive analysis of gun violence in America with proposed recommendations.  She joins the show to discuss The Kelly Report, her efforts to obtain meaningful minimal arms restrictions, and what is keeping gun legislation from being brought before congress for consideration.  Wallach On Law can be heard on iTunes, YouTube, and Sticher, and this episode can be head on here: