The project specifically uses the phrase “duty to make reasonable settlement decisions,” rather than “duty to settle.” The Reporters use this phrase to emphasize that “duty to settle” is not entirely accurate; rather, there is a duty to make reasonable decisions in relation to settlement.
Many people are not aware that federal constitutional constraints on governmental action set forth in the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment do not apply to, or constrain, tribal government.
The Model Penal Code’s definition of “Consent” has been reviewed and approved by ALI’s Council.
The idea of expedited procedures is hardly foreign to American law. Indeed, its application to elections—and specifically recounts—is not without precedent. It is perhaps surprising that more states have not adopted specific procedural mechanisms for the expedited adjudication of disputes over the counting of ballots in a presidential election.
The MPC’s “second look” proposal and other sentence reduction provisions provide a blueprint for dealing with a problem the Obama Administration has worked hard to resolve over almost three years, with only partial success. That problem is the one reflected in the situation of hundreds – perhaps thousands – of federal prisoners serving lengthy no-parole sentences that would be less severe if imposed today.
A Montana state legislative committee is proposing a set of bills in the next legislative session that would revise state laws and sentencing for sexual assault, including a bill that would take away the requirement for victims to show that physical force was used.