American Criminal Law Review

American Criminal Law Review is a magazine covering criminal law in the U.S. It is published quarterly by Georgetown University Law Center.Subjects for American Criminal Law Review include: Police, Penology, and Penal Institutions; Law.

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 3, Summer

Kids Waive the Darndest Constitutional Rights: The Impact of J.D.B. V. North Carolina on Juvenile Interrogation
INTRODUCTION Children are brought up to memorize the number 9-1-1. They are told that the police will help them if they are ever in trouble. Children carry this fundamental advice throughout their childhood, and do not always realize that blind...
Lessons of Disloyalty in the World of Criminal Informants
ABSTRACT Without informants, policing would grind to a halt. The majority of drug and organized crime prosecutions hinge on the assistance of confidential informants, and white collar prosecutions and anti-terrorism investigations increasingly depend...
Pulling the Trigger: Evaluating Criminal Gun Laws in a Post-Heller World
Thirty-two people died on April 16, 2007 at the hands of a mentally disturbed gunman at Virginia Tech (1) in Blacksburg, Virginia. (2) Virginia Tech was the most deadly in a long line of school shootings in the United States, (3) and it continues to...
Reimagining Criminal Prosecution: Toward a Color-Conscious Professional Ethic for Prosecutors
ABSTRACT Prosecutors, like most Americans, view the criminal-justice system as fundamentally race neutral. They are aware that blacks are stopped, searched, arrested, and locked up in numbers that are vastly out of proportion to their fraction of...
Search Warrant Power over the Individual: Aiming for a Cohesive Application of Michigan V. Summers
When the Fourth Amendment was enacted, a warrant founded on probable cause was required for all searches and seizures. (1) Since that time, much has changed. (2) In fact, police now have the ability to seize an individual without probable cause while...
Significant Entanglements: A Framework for the Civil Consequences of Criminal Convictions
A significant and growing portion of the U.S. population is or has recently been in prison. Nearly all of these individuals will ,face significant obstacles as they struggle to reintegrate into society. A key source of these obstacles is the complex,...
The Dialogue Approach to Miranda Warnings and Waiver
OFFICER: Okay, Mr. Faulkner, do you knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily waive these rights as I have read them out to you on this Miranda warnings? DEFENDANT: I don't understand that. Could you translate that down for me? OFFICER: Okay....
When Deference Is Dangerous: The Judicial Role in Material-Witness Detentions
IV. THE DYNAMICS OF BIAS AND DEFERENCE Before evaluating the factors that prompted judicial acquiescence in the material-witness context, it is important to highlight that the incomplete factual information available about these cases lends itself...