Supreme Court Says No to Florida’s Death Penalty Law

Death Penalty Law

In many states, the death penalty decision is left to the jury and not to the trial judge. Because of this, Florida’s death penalty law has now been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The US Supreme Court stated that aggravating circumstances must be taken into account before reaching such a verdict and a jury more »

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Accessory After The Fact

Wanted Person Escape Prosecution

Criminal Penalties for Helping a Wanted Person Escape Prosecution Recently, the Los Angeles Times reported on a mother who helped her son flee to Mexico and who was subsequently extradited to face charges. The case made headlines because the mother was the parent of a teenager named Ethan Couch, who became famous for raising a more »

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Plea Bargaining

Plea Bargaining

Prosecutors Not Disclosing Extrajudicial Consequences of a Plea Bargain   Plea bargaining has become the norm in criminal cases, with 97 percent of federal convictions and 94 percent of state convictions resulting from guilty pleas.  Plea bargains have become more and more common as prosecutors increasingly threaten defendants with serious charges carrying mandatory minimum sentences more »

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DOJ Aims to Fix Crime Lab Issues

DOJ Puts Forth Plan to Fix Problems at Crime Labs- But It's Not Enough1

DOJ Puts Forth Plan to Fix Problems at Crime Labs- But It’s Not Enough When prosecutors present evidence in court, the evidence should be accurate, as a defendant’s future hangs in the balance. Much of the evidence that prosecutors present comes from crime labs, which conduct testings of DNA, do hair analyses, and evaluate a more »

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Naval Base on Jeju

Jeju naval base plan

I am an American, but I have lived and worked in South Korea as an ESL teacher for the past ten years. America has a few military bases set up throughout Korea, which causes concern and problems throughout the peninsula. Some of the old timers claim that the American military presence is necessary due to more »

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Understanding Hate Crime Laws

Hate Crimes

It is a longstanding principle that people should not be punished for bad thoughts, but only for bad actions. A person can think about breaking the law, but should only be charged with an offense when a step is taken towards violating the law as people cannot be punished for thought crimes. There is, however, more »

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Sheldon Silvers Albany NY

Sheldon Silvers Albany NY1

Argentina and New York each got a wake-up call recently. In Argentina, the first anti-Peronist in 70-years has been elected as President while, in New York,  a long-term, state legislator was convicted. Carlos Menem, a former Argentine President, has been convicted of embezzlement, the same charge brought against Sheldon Silver in New York. While Peronism more »

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Do police records compromise privacy of victims

Do police records compromise privacy of victims

Some police agencies do.  Some police agencies don’t. And According to one Mid State Police chief, there is no law that mandates it gets done. We’re talking about redacting private, sensitive information on police reports that any citizen can obtain. The question is what information is necessary as part of the public document and what more »

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