The rise of computer technology has created new challenges for courts and lawyers concerning the scope of privacy protection afforded by the Fourth Amendment.
The use of DNA evidence is a powerful thing. Although the law places the burden of proof on the government, DNA science can give a defendant a way to prove that he is actually innocent.
In a decision handed down on October 20, 2009, State v. Pepin, slip op. October 20, 2009, the New Hampshire Supreme Court refused to close the courthouse doors to prison inmates denied the right to effective assistance of counsel. This ruling ensures that improperly held inmates continue to have access to New Hampshire courts to challenge the effectiveness of representation received from their lawyers. Ineffective assistance of counsel claims remain difficult to litigate, but the court announced that it will not bar such claims.