Author Archive for Michael M. O'Hear

A Win for Judicial Sentencing Discretion in Armed Robbery Cases; Additional Reform Still Needed

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Federal Criminal Law & Process, Federal Law & Legal System, Federal Sentencing, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

Earlier this month, in Dean v. United States, the Supreme Court ruled that federal sentencing judges retain some discretion to soften the notoriously draconian sentencing scheme of 18 U.S.C. §924(c). ... Read more »

Juvenile Court or Adult? New Research on the Consequences of the Decision

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Poverty & Law, Public | No Comments »

Juvenile courts were invented at the end of the nineteenth century and spread rapidly across the U.S. Proponents argued that juvenile offenders were more readily rehabilitated than adults, and should ... Read more »

Supreme Court Permits Some Light Into the Black Box of Jury Deliberations

Friday, March 24th, 2017
Category: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Process, Public, Race & Law, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

Jury deliberations are the proverbial black box. After passively receiving the law, evidence, and arguments at a trial, the jurors will retire to discuss the case in secret. When they ... Read more »

Chicago, New York Heading in Opposite Directions on Crime; Where Does Milwaukee Stand?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

To judge by some of the political rhetoric last fall, violent crime must be surging in our nation’s cities. Is that true? The answer may depend on which city you ... Read more »

U.S. Prison Population Continues Slow Decline; Wisconsin’s Inches Up

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Federal Criminal Law & Process, Federal Sentencing, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

Ringing in the new year, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics recently released its data on prisoners in the United States in 2015. After rising consistently for about four decades, ... Read more »

Gender and Negotiation–Prof. Schneider Takes the TED Stage

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Category: Feminism, Marquette Law School, Negotiation, Public | No Comments »

TED talks can be a wonderful vehicle for academics to present their research in an accessible, neatly distilled way for a large audience. Our own Andrea Schneider has a new ... Read more »

Recidivism and Criminal Specialization

Sunday, December 11th, 2016
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public | No Comments »

It is widely known that many offenders find themselves in trouble with the law again within a few years of their release from prison, but do the recidivism data reflect ... Read more »

Obama Clemency Grants Pick Up Steam

Sunday, September 18th, 2016
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Federal Criminal Law & Process, Federal Sentencing, Marquette Law School, President & Executive Branch, Prisoner Rights, Public, Race & Law | No Comments »

Somewhat lost amidst the wall-to-wall media coverage of the Clinton and Trump campaigns, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 111 federal prisoners on August 30. This builds on what ... Read more »

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 | 2 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 »