Monthly Archives: November 2018

Seized Marijuana To Be Returned to Man, Court Rules

A California police department must return marijuana seized during a routine traffic stop, a state appeals court ruled earlier this week. According to the ruling, federal drug laws cannot supersede state laws in a drug possession case. Man Cited for Possession In … Continue reading

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CA Sex Offender Law Not Practical

A California law requiring sex offenders to be strapped with a satellite tracking device is not practical, law enforcement officials are now realizing. Funding the surveillance program is among the biggest problems with the law. “I don’t know of any agency that … Continue reading

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Rape Charges Filed Against Boys Under 10

Three boys under the age of 10 are facing charges of rape and kidnapping in Georgia after the mother of an 11-year-old girl filed a police report on Sunday. The boys are currently being held at a detention center, authorities … Continue reading

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Police Shooting Revives Debate Over Use of Lethal Force

The killing of a teenager in New York last week has renewed an old and controversial debate about police corruption and the use of lethal force. Twenty shots were fired at the teen when police mistook a hairbrush for a gun. Excessive Force? Khiel Coppin, … Continue reading

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Plan to introduce Eye Scan for Sex Offenders

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is reportedly becoming the first public agency in the Bay Area to force sex offenders to submit iris scanning. Many anticipate that this new strategy will jump-start debate regarding how police officials should be using this powerful … Continue reading

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Officials in South Carolina Fight over Parole

At the same time, the attorney general in South Carolina is pushing for an end to parole, the state’s prisons director is opposing an action he says will crowd the prison system and cost the state hundreds of millions in … Continue reading

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Emergency E-mail System Created after Execution Controversy

An emergency e-mail system was created by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to deal with last-minute pleadings made on behalf of inmates facing imminent execution. The action was prompted by controversy over an execution carried out in September. Refusal to … Continue reading

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Multiple Personality Disorder Cited in Murder Defense

The defense attorney for a man charged with two counts of first-degree murder claims that the man was incapable of “cool reflection”—which is necessary for a conviction—because he suffers from multiple personality disorder. Case “Simple” for Prosecutor John M. Opry, 28, … Continue reading

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New DNA Evidence Could Help Convicted Killer

Defense attorneys are optimistic that new DNA evidence will help overturn the conviction of Damien Echols, a death row inmate accused of killing three boys in West Memphis more than a decade ago. According to lead defense attorney Dennis Riordan, “no reasonable … Continue reading

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