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Subject: Law questions - legal terms
You can check with the Clerk of the County Court and ask if "Person XYZ" has been indicted. They are not the enforcement division, so you need not fear that this question will alert them to stir something up. This is where the lawyers file their motions and briefs, the people working there are "clerks of the court".
Subject: Law questions - legal terms
Yes, they can. Most outgoing mail in not disturbed. The incoming mail is read however. We would still caution your inmate about putting too much information in a letter. If the case has not been tried yet, we think a better option would be to mark those type of letters "LEGAL MAIL" at the top and bottom of each letter. That would protect the inmate's privacy and if the contents of the letter were to be obtained, the court would...
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Subject: Law questions - legal terms
Confidential means private or personal. There is no provision that allows for the naming of a confidential informant (CI) after a case is over. If he took the case to trial, the law would allow the accused to face the accuser. He waived that right when he took the plea. Sometimes there is no CI, the prosecution is good at bluffing defendants into taking a deal saying there is a CI when none exists.
Subject: Law questions - legal terms
This may be found at the Clerk of the Court's Office in the jurisdiction where the offender was charged and sentenced. Your inmate would have access to this document as they are required to receive a copy that they sign, acknowledging receipt.
Subject: Law questions - legal terms
A writ of habeas corpus is a court order to a person or agency holding someone in custody (such as a warden) to deliver the imprisoned individual to the court issuing the order and to show a valid reason for that person's detention. If it is taking too long to get your case heard, you can use a motion the writ of habeas corpus, which in Latin literally means "we command that you produce the body", to get brought before the judge. This writ has been an instrument...
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Subject: Law questions - legal terms
There is no classification of a reliable witness. The prosecution can call ANYONE to testify, and often uses convicted felons in their case. It is up to the defense counsel to impeach the convicted felon's testimony on cross examination. This is normal in trial, where there are co-defendants ratting on each other. You need an experienced trial lawyer with a history of actually "going to trial" and not just taking your money and pleading out.
Subject: Law questions - legal terms
Only if the charges are capital crimes and of a high profile nature. Trying children as adults is rare, but you know from the news that it has happened on occasion, in murder cases especially.
Subject: Law questions - legal terms
The short answer is "no", but there are circumstances we have heard where guards acted as "look-outs" so that a fight could happen. If that were proven true, there might be a lawsuit an attorney might take on. But, we are not attorneys. An inmate can start by filing grievances with the administrative staff. We encourage him to copy all correspondence to someone on the outside to have a "paper trail" of their concerns. If he was not injured too...
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Subject: Law questions - legal terms
On it's face it can be really bad.  What was to related charges to the conspiracy? If the offender has a felony, the firearm is an automatic five years in federal Conspiracy to do what is a major issue in what might happen.