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Daniel Medwed
University Distinguished Professor of Law and Criminal Justice

Daniel S. Medwed in the Press

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Why wasn’t Donald Trump handcuffed? Did he get a mugshot?
Donald Trump sitting in a courtroom

Why wasn’t Donald Trump handcuffed? Did he get a mugshot?

Trump was not placed in handcuffs and his picture was not taken, meaning he received special treatment. Experts explain the deviation.
Police weren’t indicted for the killing of Breonna Taylor. What happened?

Police weren’t indicted for the killing of Breonna Taylor. What happened?

A grand jury didn’t indict any police officers in connection with the killing of the 26-year-old medical worker in her apartment, and charged one former detective with wanton endangerment—an outcome that’s likely as much the result of the evidence that prosecutors from the Kentucky Attorney General’s office chose to present as what they didn’t, says Daniel Medwed, university distinguished professor of law and criminal justice.
Attorney General William Barr says the Mueller report cleared Donald Trump of obstructing justice. Does it?

Attorney General William Barr says the Mueller report cleared Donald Trump of obstructing justice. Does it?

Attorney General William P. Barr characterized the report by Special Counsel Robert F. Mueller released Thursday as much more favorable toward President Donald J. Trump than the actual report appears to be, according to Northeastern law and political science professors. The gulf between Barr’s assessment of the report and the findings of the report could erode the trust Americans have in the rule of law, they said.
Here’s why two Northeastern law professors believe a new jury should decide the fate of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Here’s why two Northeastern law professors believe a new jury should decide the fate of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Northeastern law professors Michael Meltsner and Daniel Medwed are among eight Boston-area lawyers who say that a new jury outside of the city should decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death in 2015 for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings. They recently signed onto an amicus brief submitted on the behalf of Tsarnaev.
How Kim Kardashian, the Koch brothers, and Jared Kushner moved the needle on criminal justice reform

How Kim Kardashian, the Koch brothers, and Jared Kushner moved the needle on criminal justice reform

The First Step Act shows a bipartisan awakening about the need to decriminalize and decarcerate, says Northeastern criminal law scholar Daniel Medwed. The sweeping criminal justice reform bill, which garnered bipartisan support in both the Senate and House this week, is on its way to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.
‘Serial’ case, which gained global attention, back in court

‘Serial’ case, which gained global attention, back in court

On Thursday, Maryland’s highest court will hear arguments in a murder case that was profiled on the hit podcast “Serial.”
Recounts almost never lead to election reversals. Here’s why they matter.

Recounts almost never lead to election reversals. Here’s why they matter.

Electoral recounts were pursued in Florida and Georgia, with little chance of changing the outcome in the short term. Of far greater importance is the long-term health of American elections overall, says Northeastern law professor Daniel Medwed.
Two faculty members appointed University Distinguished Professor

Two faculty members appointed University Distinguished Professor

Northeastern has appointed Laura Lewis and Daniel Medwed to the rank of University Distinguished Professor, the highest honor the university can bestow upon a faculty member. Lewis is an internationally recognized expert in magnetic materials, while Medwed is a renowned scholar in criminal law and wrongful convictions.
George Papadopoulos’ cooperation likely just the first of many dominoes to fall

George Papadopoulos’ cooperation likely just the first of many dominoes to fall

In the aftermath of Monday's charges against three former Donald Trump aides, the attention shifted to what very well might be a “squeeze play” by federal prosecutors, said Northeastern law professor Daniel Medwed. In other words, “the question is, ‘What will come falling once you start negotiating with the people you’ve charged?’” he said.
First charges in Russia investigation ‘a turning point’

First charges in Russia investigation ‘a turning point’

Three former aides to President Trump—including his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort—have reportedly been charged as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. “In many ways, this investigation just got real,” said Northeastern political science professor Costas Panagopoulos.