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Federal Marijuana Records Would Be Expunged Under New Bipartisan Congressional Bill

Bipartisan House lawmakers filed a bill on Friday that would create a process to expunge federal misdemeanor marijuana convictions and allow courts to recommend presidential pardons for eligible cases.

Congressmen Troy Carter, Rodney Davis Introduce Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill to Expunge Federal Marijuana Misdemeanors

This week, Congressmen Troy A. Carter, Sr. (D-LA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to create an expungement mechanism for low-level violations of federal marijuana law and provide an expedited, orderly process that clears the deck of non-felony marijuana offenses lingering in the federal system.

A4J Partner: Crime and Justice News

Every weekday, Crime and Justice News provides a summary of significant news developments from around the nation. The summary is edited by Ted Gest, a veteran journalist based in Washington D.C. Starting in January 2021, the news report has been based at Arizona State University, in collaboration with the Academy for Justice.

Phoenix Mercury player Brittney Griner appears in Russian court again

“Even what has been conceited was two vape cartridges, less than a gram of cannabis oil. It simply doesn’t match this allegation of large-scale drug trafficking,” Beety said.

‘Cultural Bias’ and Wrongful Convictions of Women

Women are more likely than men to be wrongfully convicted of crimes, leading to complex legal battles—and sometimes extended prison sentences, legal experts told a recent panel sponsored by John Jay College’s Institute for Innovation in Prosecution.

Abortion ruling puts new focus on Arizona’s attorney general race

The race for state attorney general is one of the most crowded fields on Arizona’s primary ballots. And recent Supreme Court decisions have put this down-ballot race in the spotlight.

Brittney Griner: What’s next after WNBA star pleads guilty in Russia?

“In the United States, over 95 percent of people take a guilty plea, regardless of whether they are guilty or innocent, to avoid a more severe penalty,” she told The Independent. A guilty plea allows people to avoid a trial, and get home to their families faster.

Russian media: Brittney Griner pleads guilty in Russia drugs trial

Russian news agencies say jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner has pleaded guilty to drug possession and smuggling charges during her trial in Moscow.

Griner pleads guilty to drug smuggling charges in Russia

Jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner reportedly pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges in Russia.