Thursday, March 12, 2015

In addition to reading this blog every day, there are several other very helpful web sites and blogs that anyone interested in federal criminal defense should read:

This site provides up to date information for Federal Defender and CJA Attorney Training Programs and information on Supreme Court cert grants, opinion analysis, and other relevant news. Outlines for select topics in federal criminal defense, and materials from past programs are available for review and download.

The name says it all. Summaries of pending cases, pending petitions for cert, and real time coverage by live blog when order lists and/or opinions are released
The premier sentencing resource on the internet, by Professor Douglas A. Berman.
The eponymous FourthAmendment.com blog by attorney John Wesley Hall summarizes significant opinions, articles and reports addressing the Fourth Amendment.

The Sentencing Commission’s web site includes not only the current and historical advisory sentencing guidelines, but Commission research and reports.

District Court opinions, memorandums and orders and other filings for civil and criminal cases. While not a complete listing of all opinions, this is a convenient way to keep up with what is happening in the Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita divisions of the Court.

PACER nationwide case locator (PACER account required)
Do you have a client or co-defendant with cases in more than one federal district? Don’t feel like individually searching the PACER site for every district to find this information? The PACER Case Locator is a national index for U.S. district, bankruptcy, and appellate courts. This system serves as a locator index for PACER. You may conduct nationwide searches to determine whether or not a party is involved in federal litigation in any district.


The Bureau of Prisons web site has a multitude of resources, including an inmate locator, where you can search by name or Bureau of Prisons register number. Once you locate an inmate, you follow the links to that facility, and access where he or she is housed and obtain visiting information, directions to the facility and other helpful information. The site also has a list and maps of Bureau of Prisons and contract facilities. Many policies and forms are also available for review and download.

-- David Freund

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