Federal Criminal Justice Clinic

Alison Siegler on 'Highly Unusual' Mass Dismissals of Major Stash House Charges

Prosecutor Drops Toughest Charges in Chicago Stings That Used Fake Drugs
Erik Eckholm
The New York Times
February 3, 2015

“In my experience, it is highly unusual to see the en masse dismissals of the major charge in a big group of similar cases,” said Alison Siegler, the director of the federal criminal justice clinic at the University of Chicago Law School and a co-counsel in four of the cases.

In a partial retreat from drug prosecutions that spurred a national debate over possible entrapment and racial profiling, the federal prosecutor in Chicago has dropped the most serious charges against 27 defendants who were caught in so-called

Faculty: 
Alison Siegler
Faculty: 
Judith P. Miller

Federal Criminal Justice Clinic Gets Charges Dropped in Stash House Cases

Chicago Prosecutors Quietly Drop Charges Tied to Drug Stash House Stings
Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner
Chicago Tribune
January 29, 2015

Federal prosecutors in Chicago have quietly dropped narcotics conspiracy charges against more than two dozen defendants accused of ripping off drug stash houses as part of controversial undercover stings that have sparked allegations across the country of entrapment and racial profiling.

Faculty: 
Alison Siegler
Faculty: 
Judith P. Miller

NY Times Features FCJC Case in Drug Sting Story

Lured to Stings by Fake Drugs and Facing Jail Time That's All Too Real
Erik Eckholm
The New York Times
November 20, 2014

The work of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic was highlighted in the Times's coverage of sting operations using fake drugs.

In a separate line of attack on the drug stings, defendants in Chicago and elsewhere have filed motions to require the bureau to provide data on the racial makeup of sting targets, and information on how the agency selects its targets.

Federal Criminal Justice Clinic Wins Seventh Circuit Appeal

Law School
September 9, 2014

On Monday, September 8, the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic and the Chicago Federal Defender’s office won a stash house appeal in the Seventh Circuit. This is the only still-standing appeal of a selective prosecution discovery issue since United States v. Armstrong, 517 U.S. 456 (1996), that the government hasn’t won.

Faculty: 
Alison Siegler
Faculty: 
Judith P. Miller

USA Today Cover Story on Federal Criminal Justice Clinic's Stash House Cases

July 24, 2014

USA Today's front-page story about race disparities in stash house cases discusses the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic's ongoing litigation in Chicago, quotes Clinical Professor Alison Siegler, and links to the clinic's Seventh Circuit brief.

Siegler on MSNBC: ATF Targeting of Minorities in Sting Operations

Report suggests ATF targeting minorities in sting operations
Jose Diaz Balart
MSNBC
July 22, 2014

Professor Alison Siegler appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to speak with host Jose Diaz Balart.

Faculty: 
Alison Siegler

Gideon’s Promise Announces 2014 Law School Partnership Program Recipients

Hunt Archbold
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 24, 2014

Gideon’s Promise announced its Law School Partnership Program (LSPP) 2014 class – a group of 15 recent law school graduates poised to join a growing movement of public defenders committed to transforming criminal justice.

Siegler Honored with Ruth Goldman Award

Meredith Heagney
Law School Office of Communications
June 11, 2014

Professor Alison Siegler, Founder and Director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, will be honored today with the Ruth Goldman Award from the American Constitution Society Chicago Lawyer Chapter.

Faculty: 
Alison Siegler
Faculty: 
Geoffrey R. Stone
Faculty: 
Maria Woltjen
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