Announcements and Law Updates

A comprehensive discussion of new Ninth Circuit cases, and of other new legal challenges and ideas, can be found on the Ninth Circuit blog. The Ninth Circuit blog contains Federal Defender Jon Sands' weekly Ninth Circuit summaries, interesting new defense challenges and theories posted by AFPDs David Porter and Steve Sady, and the “Case o’ The Week” memos by Federal Defender Steve Kalar. The Ninth Circuit blog is a useful starting place for the latest developments in federal criminal defense.

To search the Ninth Circuit blog use the white search box next to the orange "B," in the upper left hand corner of the site. Note that many blog entries have been tagged by Judge involved or by subject. Clicking on those tags will pull up all blog entries related to that tag entry.

CJA counsel are encouraged to comment on the blog postings – many new ideas have been fleshed out and enhanced by attorney commentary.

Northern District Proposes To Educate Potential Jurors About Unconscious Bias

The Northern District is considering an initiative designed to educate potential jurors about the role of unconscious bias in the work of juries. Beginning Monday, December 3, 2018, the Court intends to play a 6-minute video entitled Understanding the Effects of Unconscious Bias to potential jurors before the jury selection process.

The Court invites members of the bar and the public to view the video and provide comments on its content and/or proposed use. Comments regarding the video may be submitted via email no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on October 5, 2018 to clerk_of_court@cand.uscourts.gov.

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