Some unlawful acts are considered civil offenses, for which the payment of money to compensate for an injury is sufficient penance. But other illegal acts are deemed crimes, the commission of which indelibly brands the defendant a “criminal” and exposes him to the loss of personal liberty — jail.
Does a party unhappy with a U.S appeals court have a right to appeal that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court? That question is the topic of this First Monday column, and the short answer is “no.”
Welcome to First Monday, a new column intended to enhance the public’s understanding of our legal system and the law. The U.S. Supreme Court begins each new term on the first Monday of October, but this column will appear on the first Monday of each month. I hope readers find it informative and enjoyable. Before […]