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Help Identify This Suspect Who Shot and Killed a 10 YO Boy

November 25th, 2013

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The Paradox of Our Criminal Justice System

November 22nd, 2013

Yes, innocent people do get convicted.

Granted, the segment of the population that has the most contact with the criminal justice system is the criminal element.  And the truth is that most people who are convicted are in fact guilty. But it’s the process by which these criminals are convicted that is of paramount importance to us all. As  the late Justice Felix Frankfurter so tactfully put: “It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.”

And therein lies the rub.

Court decisions vindicating constitutional rights are rarely popular with the general public.  Why should they be?  Why should we rejoice when a murderer goes free or a drug dealer walks?  It’s difficult to be intellectual when we read about the horrible facts of a particular case.  But what people don’t realize is that the murderer or drug dealer is going free precisely to minimize the chances of a wrongful conviction in the next case.

Over three centuries ago, the preeminent English jurist William Blackstone stated “It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.“  This bedrock principle of due process lies at the heart of our criminal justice system and our constitution. .

So, the next time you hear about a wrongful conviction, don’t just shake your head feeling sorry for the poor soul who had a chunk of his life stolen from him.  Is it an injustice? Absolutely. A horrible injustice. But it’s also a symptom.  A symptom that the system is broken.  A symptom which should prompt us to redouble our efforts and commitment to ensure that all people charged with crimes—especially criminals—are given due process of law.

Party’s over for obese con man who bamboozled Miami Beach hotels

October 3rd, 2013

James Sabat allegedly ran up hundreds of thousands in unpaid hotel bills before police, U.S. Marshals and the hotel association caught up with him.

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Shadowy Illicit Drug Market, Silk Road, Busted by Feds

October 3rd, 2013

A federal bust this week involves millions of dollars, illicit drugs and a would-be assassin, all of which allegedly were bought and sold on the Internet in a shadowy online marketplace known as the Silk Road, NPR reports.

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Lawyer says he will ‘absolutely’ be acquitted for his advice on charity gaming

September 16th, 2013

Florida lawyer Kelly Mathis is expressing confidence in advance of his trial beginning today for his role in an alleged charity gambling operation. Mathis is the first co-defendant associated with Allied Veterans of the World to face trial, report the Associated Press and the..

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Court says consent to search a phone doesn’t mean listening in

September 13th, 2013

If an officer stops your car, sees a cell phone in the back seat and gets your consent to search the phone, does that mean he can also answer your incoming calls, impersonate you and use the callers’ words as evidence against you?

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‘Better Call Saul’ is new ‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff; website touts two-for-one shoplifting defense

September 13th, 2013

Breaking Bad is ending, but one of its characters will live on in a new series. The new show, Better Call Saul, features Bob Odenkirk as lawyer Saul Goodman, who represented teacher-turned-meth dealer Walter White, the New York Times and Variety report. The show..

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Police Body Cameras Becoming Standard; Could Help Prosecution, Defense

September 13th, 2013

The body cameras will likely become standard equipment for law enforcement officers, much like dashboard cameras in patrol vehicles already have, public safety experts say. But as the cameras’ use becomes more widespread, some say concerns about privacy could surface.

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Home run king Barry Bonds obstruction conviction upheld

September 13th, 2013

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld home run king Barry Bonds’ 2011 conviction for obstructing justice in his testimony to a federal grand jury probing the Balco steroids scandal.

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