The Constitution's Sixth Amendment guarantees that someone charged with a crime has the right to a trial by an impartial jury. Bias and impartiality cannot be accounted for in all circumstances, but we should at least prevent the cherry-picking of juries by overzealous prosecutors eager to secure a conviction.
Last week, we wrote about the Obama administration's efforts to grant clemency to federal prisoners facing long sentences for drug crimes. In all, President Obama has commuted sentences for 306 people, most of whom committed non-violent drug offenses.
Now in his final year in office, President Obama has increased his focus on criminal justice reform. Specifically, he continues to issue pardons and commutations to large groups of non-violent drug offenders serving lengthy sentences in federal prison.
Many people are arrested every day in this country for driving under the influence. Most of them are good people who made an unfortunate mistake, but that doesn't mean they won't face some serious consequences as a result of their actions. What some don't realize is that during the traffic stop for a DUI, the police have a long list of procedural steps they must take, and they must do so properly otherwise they risk botching the DUI case.