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Guiora and Cassell testify at Utah State Legislature in support of proposed bystanders bill

Amos Guiora and Paul Cassell, both professors at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, this week appeared at the Utah State Legislature to testify in support of H.B. 170, “911 Responsibilities in an Emergency.”  The bill would require bystanders to dial 911 when they have knowledge that another individual is in peril […]

Cassell quoted in Miami Herald on Marsy’s Law and withholding victim names in Florida bank shooting

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell was quoted in The Miami Herald recently about a Florida police chief’s decision to withhold the names of some of the five victims killed in a bank shooting. Cassell spoke to the media about Marsy’s Law, which has been enacted in several states and […]

Cassell publishes new research on prevalence of wrongful convictions, concluding rate is lower than estimates

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell  in the Arizona Law Review explores the prevalence of wrongful convictions in America’s criminal justice system, concluding that it is much lower than previously estimated. Cassell’s first article – Overstating America’s Wrongful Conviction Rate? Reassessing the Conventional Wisdom About the […]

Cassell files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona v. Goodman case

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a closely watched case involving the circumstances under which the Constitution permits an accused sex offender to be denied bail pending trial.  The case, Arizona v. Goodman, involves a divided decision by the Arizona Supreme Court, […]

Cassell files petition in Utah Supreme Court alleging under-prosecution of sexual assault cases in Utah

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell filed a petition in the Utah Supreme Court on Oct. 16 alleging four sexual assault cases in Utah were not prosecuted and should be prosecuted through the appointment of a prosecutor by the Utah Supreme Court. Cassell along with a team of attorneys filed […]

Cassell files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court in high-profile double jeopardy case of Terance Gamble

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the high-profile Terance Gamble case, in which he urges the high court  to reconsider the “dual sovereign” exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause. Cassell filed the brief with Stuart Banner of the UCLA Law […]

Cassell files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court in support of victims’ rights in death penalty case

A new amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court this week by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell and Allyson Ho of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP outlines the harmful effects for victims’ family members that occur when there are delays in death […]

Cassell interviewed by New Yorker about victims’ rights

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell recently appeared in an article by The New Yorker addressing victims’ rights. The article, “The Rise of the Victims’-Rights Movement,” can be read in its entirely here.

Study on Chicago homicide spike by Cassell and Fowles cited in speech by U.S. Attorney General

Research by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell  was cited in a recent speech by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which has led to renewed national media attention about the study in recent days. Cassell and University of Utah economics professor Richard Fowles used an econometric analysis to conclude that the 2016 spike […]

Cassell publishes op-ed in Salt Lake Tribune exploring lessons on legislating from Justice Scalia and Dr. Seuss

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell published an op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune titled “Lessons on legislating from Justice Scalia and Dr. Seuss.” Read the full commentary here.  Cassell also was quoted in an unrelated Salt Lake Tribune story related to victim’s rights titled “A woman was shocked to […]