Author Archive for Michael M. O'Hear

Strong Support for Marijuana Legalization in Law School Poll, But Results for Other Drugs Harder to Interpret

Monday, July 18th, 2016
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Marquette Law School Poll, Milwaukee, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

In the Marquette Law School Poll conducted earlier this month, fifty-nine percent of registered Wisconsin voters agreed that marijuana “should be fully legalized and regulated like alcohol.” Only thirty-nine percent ... Read more »

Jekyll, Hyde, and Criminal Law

Monday, October 26th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Marquette Law School, Popular Culture & Law, Public | No Comments »

I am looking forward to Professor Nicola Lacey’s public lecture at Marquette Law School tomorrow. Lacey’s presentation, the annual George and Margaret Barrock Lecture on Criminal Law, is entitled, “Socializing ... Read more »

Marquette Poll Reveals Support for Rehabilitation of Prisoners

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Marquette Law School Poll, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

For the past four years, Darren Wheelock and I have collaborated with Charles Franklin and the Marquette Law School Poll on a series of surveys of public attitudes toward sentencing ... Read more »

Rodriguez v. United States: Supreme Court Says No to Prolonged Traffic Stops

Monday, June 29th, 2015
Category: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

Last week, the Supreme Court decided City of Los Angeles v. Patel, the fourth and final of its search-and-seizure cases this term. In Patel, the Court overturned a city ordinance ... Read more »

Ohio v. Clark: The Supreme Court’s Latest Pronouncement on the Confrontation Clause

Friday, June 26th, 2015
Category: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

By guaranteeing criminal defendants the right to confront their accusers, the Sixth Amendment limits the ability of the government to use hearsay evidence against defendants at trial. Importantly, though, the ... Read more »

Elonis v. United States: SCOTUS Again Adopts Narrowing Construction of Criminal Statute

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Federal Criminal Law & Process, Judges & Judicial Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

As I noted in my post last week, the Supreme Court has a variety of interpretive tools at its disposal to rein in the ever-expanding reach of federal criminal law. ... Read more »

Yates v. United States: Overcoming Plain Meaning

Friday, May 29th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Federal Criminal Law & Process, Judges & Judicial Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

As we enter the home stretch of the Supreme Court term, I have been reviewing the criminal cases already decided by the Court this year. For my money, the most ... Read more »

Deadly Force in Philly (and Milwaukee)

Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Public | 1 Comment »

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a voluminous report on uses of deadly force by the Philadelphia Police Department. In recent years, there has been a drop in ... Read more »

Decline in Wisconsin Prison Population Results From Fewer Drug Offenders Behind Bars

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

As I discussed in this post, Wisconsin has achieved one of the nation’s higher rates of reduction in imprisonment over the past decade. To be sure, New York, California, and ... Read more »

MULS Conference to Consider Human Trafficking and Restorative Justice

Monday, March 16th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Human Rights, Immigration Law, International Law & Diplomacy, Labor & Employment Law, Marquette Law School, Milwaukee, Poverty & Law, Public | No Comments »

On Thursday and Friday, Marquette Law School will host an important conference, "Restorative Justice and Human Trafficking -- From Wisconsin to the World."  As the title suggests, human trafficking -- ... Read more »

New Article on Good Conduct Time

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal Scholarship, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | 2 Comments »

I have a new article in the Wisconsin Lawyer about good conduct time, a program that permits prisoners to earn accelerated release based on how well they do behind bars.  Most ... Read more »

Mercenary Justice?

Friday, March 6th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Poverty & Law, Public, Race & Law | No Comments »

Earlier this week, the United States Department of Justice released a scathing report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri. Figuring prominently in the DOJ’s criticisms, Ferguson criminal-justice officials ... Read more »