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The petitions of the day are: United States v. Stitt 17-765 Issue: Whether burglary of a nonpermanent or mobile structure that is adapted or used for overnight accommodation can qualify as “burglary” under the Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984, 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(2)(B)(ii). United States v. Sims 17-766 Issue: Whether...

Doug Jones, Alabama’s senator-elect to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is a former federal prosecutor who has advocated for less-harsh sentencing and more alternatives to prison, The Marshall Project reports. Lauren-Brooke Eisen of the Brennan Center’s Justice Program calls Jones “a groundbreaking voice for prosecutorial...

The number of inmates on Texas’ death row dropped again this year, continuing a trend, the Texas Tribune reports. The decline is caused largely by fewer new death sentences and more reduced punishments. Texas still held more executions than any other state. “Prosecutors, juries, judges,...

Amid rising Republican criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, members of Congress and former prosecutors say the Justice Department has amped up the pressure by putting out information bolstering claims that the investigation is unfairly biased against President Trump. Through what Politico calls...