Under the one-third rule, which was dropped three decades ago, judges must issue minimum prison sentences for criminal offenses that are no longer than one-third of the maximum sentence. Under the rule, someone sentenced for a crime that carried a 50-year maximum sentence would get a minimum sentence of no more than 162⁄3 years. The minimum sentence determines when an inmate is eligible for release on parole, so a shorter minimum sentence results in a quicker release from prison, according to prosecutors. Read More.
Lori Pilger, Lincoln Journal Star,
- Pat Condon is far from the new guy at Lincoln’s Hall of Justice, where he’s been a deputy Lancaster County attorney since 1990. Thursday, he quietly was sworn in as the county’s new top prosecutor, filling the spot left when the U.S. Senate confirmed Joe Kelly as U.S. Attorney for Nebraska.
Lawmakers gave first-round approval Feb. 28 to a bill that would establish enhanced assault penalties for health care providers.
Sending a text message with the intent to threaten someone would be a criminal offense under a bill that received first-round approval in the Legislature Feb. 28.
JoANNE YOUNG Lincoln Journal Star Updated 5 hrs ago
The Judiciary Committee on Tuesday sent a package of bills to the full Legislature that are aimed at providing relief from prison crowding and reentry into communities for inmates.
The main bill (LB841), introduced by Lincoln Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, would require the Department of Correctional Services to work with the Parole Board on policies and procedures to manage an overcrowding emergency, if one is declared or determined to exist. Read More.
Former Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly, who has been appointed U.S. Attorney for Nebraska, officially resigned his county position Friday.
His chief deputy, Pat Condon, became acting county attorney, and the Lancaster County Board began its traditional practice of soliciting applications for a longer-term replacement. Read More.
Lincoln Journal Star, Don Walton, February 16, 2018
The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly to serve as U.S. attorney for Nebraska.
The nomination was approved by unanimous consent.
Kelly was nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed Robert Stuart, who has served as acting U.S. attorney since Deborah Gilg, President Barack Obama’s appointee, retired last March. Read More.
Pat Condon announced Monday that he will run to be the next Lancaster County attorney.
Condon has 28 years experience in the office and for the past seven has been chief deputy to County Attorney Joe Kelly, a fellow Republican who has been nominated to be U.S. attorney for Nebraska and is awaiting confirmation.
Condon has handled criminal cases ranging from homicides and sexual assaults to child abuse and drug cases. As chief deputy, he’s maintained a full caseload, taking a majority of the office’s post-conviction cases, assigning cases and assisting with the budgeting process, “helping to maintain efficiencies in the office and a fiscally conservative approach to keeping Lancaster County safe, while maintaining the high standards Lancaster County voters have come to expect from the office.” Read More
JoANNE YOUNG Lincoln Journal Star
Prosecutors and defense attorneys said Friday the “yes means yes” sexual affirmative consent bill was written in a way that is too confusing.
“It’s difficult for us as prosecutors to understand the language within this bill, let alone communicate that to jurors who need to understand what elements we have to prove … beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Molly Keane, representing the Nebraska County Attorneys Association.
Keane, a deputy Douglas County Attorney whose focus is sexual assault prosecutions, was testifying in front of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee in opposition to the affirmative consent bill (LB988) brought by Lincoln Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks. Read More.
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