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The petition of the day is: Connecticut v. Baccala 17-464 Issue: Whether a defendant’s conviction must be set aside under the fighting words doctrine of Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, where the Connecticut Supreme Court recognized a “store manager” exception to the doctrine, thereby paving the way for the...

Like the rest of the population, lawyers can find themselves spending considerable amounts of time online and on social media platforms. Additionally, like all of us, they can make serious mistakes on these platforms, including malpractice, ethical breaches subject to discipline, breach of fiduciary duty,...

The Albuquerque, N.M., police department has been under a reform agreement with the Department of Justice since 2014, after an investigation following a string of controversial police killings found the department had violated the Constitution and demonstrated “patterns of excessive force.” The agreement called for...

As President Trump prepares to declare the opioid epidemic a national crisis, the law enforcement community is racing to contain the spread of fentanyl, which has largely replaced heroin on the streets in opioid-ravaged New England and is increasingly the cause of fatal overdoses nationwide,...

Legionnaires of the 1st Regiment of the French Foreign Legion near Marseille last year. (Claude Paris/Associated Press) American criminal law generally recognizes the defense of duress: The rules vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but one common formulation is that the defendant is excused from criminal responsibility...