Anonymous Email from a FreeAlexander Visitor

I received an email from a Haywood county citizen this morning who wishes to remain anonymous. I thought I would share the body of the email here for you to read: I am so glad that you are fighting back! God bless you! I want to help but signing something and putting my name out […]

Canton Probation Officer Shoots & Kills Parolee

http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/182905/327/Man-Shot-In-Struggle-With-Probation-Officer   I told you it wouldn’t be long before the State Bureau of Investigation was right back in Haywood County. This time, investigating a probation officer who just this past wednesday, shot and killed one of his previous parolee’s. The story goes that the PO was checking up on some of his previous cases […]

Right to Counsel in Postconviction Proceedings

In Martinez v. Ryan, an Arizona prisoner was denied the chance to challenge his trial lawyer’s poor performance because his post-conviction lawyer failed to raise the claims. The Court granted review to address whether there should be a constitutionally-recognized right to counsel in postconviction proceedings where postconviction is the first chance to raise constitutional claims […]

Cruel & Unusual according to the 8th Amendment

Traditionally, the length of a prison sentence was not subject to scrutiny under the Eighth Amendment, regardless of the crime for which the sentence was imposed. It was not until the case of Solem v. Helm, 463 U.S. 277 (1983), that the Supreme Court held that incarceration, standing alone, could constitute cruel and unusual punishment […]