Start Date: 7/26/2022 3:00 PM EDT
End Date: 7/26/2022 4:00 PM EDT
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New Developments in the Rights of the Accused and the Innocent
1.0 Total KBA Approved CLE Hrs 2022/2023 Reporting Year
Presented by Gregory Belzley
The presentation will address recent court opinions impacting the rights of criminal defendants during and after their criminal prosecution and incarceration:
1. The right of counties to seize and keep monies in the possession of pretrial detainees to offset costs of confinement.
2. The impropriety of the prosecution's insistence on a stipulation of probable cause as a condition to the voluntary dismissal of charges.
3. The prosecutorial practice of withholding Brady material as a bargaining chip during negotiation of a plea.
Greg Belzley, an inmates’ rights/police misconduct lawyer, is an honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and has been a successful litigator for more than 40 years. In the course of his career, he has been involved in virtually all types of civil litigation. He has participated and been consulted in complex litigation, and has twice had verdicts that received national attention.
Since 1987, Greg has aggressively defended the constitutional rights of American citizens behind bars. Greg has been a partner at the Louisville law firms of Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, Frost Brown Todd, and Dinsmore & Shohl. In November of 2009, he formed BelzleyBathurst Attorneys (now Belzley, Bathurst & Bentley), a practice devoted almost exclusively to inmates’ rights, police misconduct, and abuse of power, where his attention is focused on cases involving wrongful death, serious, permanently disabling injury, and systemic abuses appropriate for class action litigation and injunctive relief.
Greg has argued numerous inmates’ rights cases before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal. He has been lead counsel for plaintiffs in class actions involving strip-searches, treatment for Hepatitis C, unlawful retention of costs of confinement, and overdetentions.
In addition, in an effort to improve health care for inmates, Greg has filed numerous cases involving inmates who are suicidal, who are experiencing alcohol and drug withdrawal, who have overdosed on drugs, and who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.
Greg is a frequent writer and lecturer on Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment Rights and class actions. He was formerly Contributing Editor for Civil Rights for the Kentucky Justice Association’s bi-monthly publication, The Advocate. He has given numerous seminars in his practice area for the KJA, and has given three nationwide internet-based seminars on jail litigation. In March 2008, he co-chaired a jail and prison litigation conference in Washington, D.C., where he spoke on representing inmates for a contingent fee. He was an instructor at the American Bar Association Torts and Insurance Practice Section Trial Academy in Reno, Nevada in 2004, and in May 2008, co-chaired and instructed at the KJA Trial College at the University of Kentucky. In 2014, he spoke on a damages panel at the Loyola Prisoners’ Advocates Conference in New Orleans, and in 2016, he spoke on a panel concerning medical claims at a Prisoners’ Advocates Conference at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Only a few attorneys from each state are selected to Super Lawyers designation for any given year. The multi-factor selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and evaluations, as well as professional achievement in legal practice.
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