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University professor accused of money laundering

California residents may have heard that the author of a 2015 book about organized crime and money laundering has been accused of committing the very offenses he wrote about. Federal prosecutors say the University of Miami professor laundered millions of dollars that had been stolen from Venezuelan citizens. The 73-year-old Florida resident has been charged with two counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Each of the counts carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in a federal prison.

Unconscious bias could lead to sentencing inequity

Unconscious bias is a significant area of study for psychology and sociology researchers in California and across the country. Many lawyers are concerned about the role of unconscious bias in the courtroom, especially as it may affect outcomes for defendants in contested criminal cases. Neuroscientists have shown that, in many cases, unconscious reactions may influence people's responses to people, events and circumstances. These reactions may be at odds with the same people's publicly expressed views and convictions. Many have linked disproportionately harsh sentences and bail assessments directed at black defendants with bias in the courtroom, whether conscious or unconscious.

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