News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


Defense Lawyers’ Role in Helping Youth Offenders through Positive Criminology

In a book chapter from the recent book Positive Criminology (Routledge, 2015), author Dana Segev explores how defense lawyers can contribute to rehabilitation and smooth reentry for their clients by incorporating techniques from positive criminology and therapeutic justice into their client interactions. The article focuses on youth in the juvenile justice system. Positive criminology is “a field of criminology that focuses on positive experiences that individual encounter that can influence these individuals and distance them from self-centeredness, crime, and deviance.”

The author suggests that defense lawyers can cultivate a positive relationship, allow for meaningful participation, and foster the client’s voice through techniques such as:

  • Active listening
  • Criticizing the act, but not the actor
  • Showing warmth, empathy, and openness
  • Praising positive steps forward, such as successfully completing a rehabilitation program
  • Helping the client prepare for the future post-incarceration
  • Allowing youth defendants to express their thoughts and feelings in court
  • Providing questionnaires to encourage youth to reflect on sentencing issues

By incorporating techniques such as these into their client interactions, defense lawyers can expand their traditional roles as legal actors and act as social workers, education advocates, substance abuse counselors, or family therapists.

See Dana Segev, Positive Criminology and Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Relevant Techniques for Defense Lawyers, in Positive Criminology (Natti Ronel & Dana Segev, eds., 2015) [Full text on SSRN]

Recent Statistics on Internet Harassment

A recent report from the Pew Research Internet Project indicates that 73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed online and 40% have experienced online harassment themselves. Six types of online harassment were examined: being called offensive names, purposefully embarrassing someone, physical threats, harassment over a sustained period of time, sexual harassment, and stalking. Young adults, and especially young women ages 18 to 24, were most likely to experience online harassment. Young women were disproportionately the victims of the most severe forms of online harassment, with 26% of young women having been stalked, and 25% having experienced sexual harassment.

You can find research materials on cyberbullying and other forms of online crime in the library. Some recent titles include:

  • Cyber Crime and Digital Evidence: Materials and Cases [Find it]
  • Confronting Cyber-Bullying: What Schools Need to Know to Control Misconduct and Avoid Legal Consequences [Find it]
  • Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard: Using Digital Forensics and Investigative Techniques to Identify Cybercrime Suspects [Find it]

You have the right to Remain Silent…Check out our Criminal Law and Procedure Guide

arrest-recordsOur Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Research Guide is the place to go for information you need when researching a Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure Issue. Students take note: The guide has a whole page devoted to study aids and CALI lessons too!

The Dr. Sam Sheppard Collection

samsheppardsIn 2012, William Mason, then Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, designated the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law Library at Cleveland State University as the repository for records and other materials relating to the Dr. Sam Sheppard case.  The material consists of over 50 boxes of photographs, recordings and trial exhibits.  Check out the collection here: http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/sheppard/

Background on the Sheppard cases:

Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted in 1954 of the murder of his pregnant wife, Marilyn Reese Sheppard, at their Bay Village, Ohio home. He spent almost a decade in prison, before a retrial was ordered, where he was acquitted in 1966. To his death, he maintained his innocence in the murder.

The murder of Marilyn Sheppard and the controversial murder trial of Sam Sheppard in 1954 drew widespread, nationwide attention from the media, creating what the U.S. Supreme Court later described as a “carnival atmosphere” which denied Sheppard his right to due process.

In 2000, Sheppard’s son, Sam Reese Sheppard, who was seven at the time of his mother’s murder, sued the state of Ohio for his father’s alleged wrongful imprisonment. After a ten-week trial, a civil jury returned a unanimous verdict that Sam Reese Sheppard had failed to prove his father had been wrongfully imprisoned.

This Just In…Inside Investigative Criminal Procedure : What Matters and Why

Inside Investigative Criminal Procedure: What Matters & Why, by Julian Cook, is a new addition to our collection.  This book is a concise and student-friendly study guide that offers a big-picture view that looks at how all of the essential elements of a criminal investigation fit together as part of a coherent framework of legal theory and practice. The publication also has a rich pedagogy features graphics, Sidebars, and Frequently Asked Questions, as well as other learning aids, to guide comprehension and reinforce learning.