This Summer after reviewing some of my earlier postings over the years and their corresponding comments, it became clear that many readers from that time were accessing on a regular basis the Opinion Summaries that were being posted on the Criminal Law Library Blog, prior to its initial closing in 2012. On the basis of that finding it became obvious that reintroducing some form of Opinion Summaries in the newly reopened Criminal Law Library Blog should at least be considered seriously. After consulting with the Justia Staff everyone agreed that it was appropriate to reintroduce opinion summaries to the Criminal Law Library Blog in the form of Opinion Summaries Published by Justia. The plan is to post opinion summaries weekly whenever possible in order to keep blog readers updated.
Taking advantage of improvements in the new software Justia began using after 2012, it became possible to have links contained within each post accessible on one screen page for added convenience to the reader. The week of the posting is prominently displayed, as noted below, followed by a brief statement and by the links to the relevant areas of law.
As we further develop this format in the coming weeks, it is expected that links to additional areas of law may sometimes be added– provided they keep within the confines of the scope of the Criminal Law Library Blog. Since many of the categories of Opinion Summaries Justia publishes will always be outside the scope of the Criminal Law Library Blog, they will not be included in the selected opinion summaries posted here. For those interested in gaining access to additional listings, each posting of Selected Opinion Summaries Published by Justia will contain a link to the complete listings of Justia Opinion Summaries.