Friday, July 30, 2010

Criminal Defense Techinques Release 100

This latest release of Criminal Defense Techniques includes complete revisions of Chapter 52 Defense of a Gambling Case, and Chapter 53A Defense of a Rape Case. New sections are:
14.04[5] Duration of Request for Counsel, and 14.08[2][e] Failure to Advise Client of Deportation Consequence of Guilty Plea.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Annual Survey of Am Law 200 Librarians Shows They Are Surviving Layoffs and Cost-Cutting

The new survey of Am Law 200 Librarians from shows that although they have been hit with layoffs and cost-cutting, they are surviving the storm with savvy business practices. These librarians are buying less print, playing tough with print and online vendors of all sizes, taking advantage of free in-house vendor-training sessions to perform otherwise costly research, and working leaner on smaller budgets. The good news is that their duties are expanding to include business development research, which will continue to make them indispensable to their law firms. Click here for a good summary of the survey results.

From Cleveland Law Library Blog

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ohio Criminal Justice Reforms Take Effect on July 6th

A landmark number of sweeping criminal justice reforms contained in Ohio SB 77 take effect next week on July 6, 2010. According to the Governor's office, this bill "expands DNA testing for certain convicted felons, eliminates DNA testing for felons who pleaded guilty or no contest, preserves biological evidence in criminal proceeding and improves eyewitness identification procedures." Amogn other changes, the bill specifically requires anyone 18 or older who is arrested for a felony offense after 7/1/11 to submit to a DNA collection procedure. The bill also requires law enforcement agencies to adopt specific procedures regarding live and photo lineups. The new law also specifies what types of biological evidence (including blood, saliva and hair) must be preserved for up to 30 years in killings and sexual assaults. Click here to read a recent article from with pros and cons about the bill.

From: Cleveland Law Library Weblog