Actus Reus

ac·tus re·us \ˈak-təs-ˈrē-əs, ˈäk-tu̇s-ˈrā-u̇s\

noun : the wrongful act that makes up the physical action of a crime

Latin: guilty act

UCLA Criminal Defense Clinic wins commutation for long-time client

Congratulations to the UCLA Criminal Defense Clinic and its client, Darnell Crookshank, whose federal sentence of life without parole was commuted by President Obama earlier this week. The UCLA Criminal Defense Clinic, led by Professors Ingrid Eagly and Julie Cramer and assisted in this case by pro bono attorney Peter Johnson, has been representing Mr. Crookshank since 2014. All of the clinic’s student attorneys collaborated in Mr. Crookshank’s representation, preparing his commutation application and also assisting Mr. Crookshank in preparing a reentry plan should he be released.

Mr. Crookshank, who has already served more than 20 years of his sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, was one of just 67 prisoners across the nation whose life sentences President Obama commuted this week. He is due to be released on December 1, 2016. Congratulations to Professors Eagly and Cramer, Attorney Johnson, all of the clinic students, and especially Mr. Crookshank.

 

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