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Miami Expungement Program Gives Second Chance

A program started last year in Miami-Dade has helped over 600 local residents have their criminal records sealed or expunged. Sealed cases are closed and can only be reopened with a court-ordered subpoena. Expunged cases are erased completely. A “One-Stop” Program … Continue reading

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Sheriff Hopes Pink Chain Gang Will Deter DUIs

A sheriff in Arizona is hoping a new tactic will act as a deterrent to driving under the influence—those who are convicted on charges of DUI will end up on a chain gang, wearing pink, and conducting burials for alcoholics. “Maybe … Continue reading

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NJ Governor To Sign Law Abolishing Death Penalty

The governor of New Jersey is expected to sign a bill approved by the state legislature to abolish the death penalty. Once signed into law, New Jersey will be the 14 states without capital punishment. The state has not put anyone … Continue reading

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19,500 Convicted Crack Offenders Await Commission Decision

Approximately 19,500 federal inmates serving time on crack cocaine-related charges could see a reduction in their sentences if the U.S. Sentencing Commission decides to make recently implemented punishment guidelines of drug possession retroactive. The commission made new guidelines effective November 1, 2007. The … Continue reading

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Nation’s Busiest Crime Lab Reviewed after Mistakes

A New York state official has asked the district attorney of Queens to consider criminal charges against four former employees of the New York Police Department’s crime lab because of mistakes made in 2002 that could have skewed evidence in drug … Continue reading

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Nonviolent Felons Must Submit DNA

Collecting DNA samples from nonviolent drug offenders is not a violation of privacy rights, a federal court of appeals ruled late last week. A panel of three judges decided the case in a 2-1 vote. Dissenting Judge Betty Fletcher said … Continue reading

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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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Fingerprint Ruling May Have Broad Implications

A judge’s decision to bar fingerprint evidence in a Baltimore homicide trial could have far-reaching implications, according to some legal experts. The ruling is unprecedented, largely because fingerprints have been a crucial aspect of forensic science for nearly a century. … Continue reading

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Rate of Domestic Violence Dramatically Drops

The number of domestic violence cases in the U.S. fell dramatically from 1993 to 2004, according to the Justice Department who also added that native Alaskan women and American Indian women face an increased risk of being victimized than Caucasians … Continue reading

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Legal Group: Death Penalty System in U.S. Flawed

The nation’s largest association of lawyers recently released a report citing serious problems with the death penalty system in the United States. A halt on executions is justified until issues of fairness and accuracy in capital punishment are reviewed, the organization said. … Continue reading

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Teen Sex Offender Released After Long Legal Battle

A controversial teen sex offense case came to a conclusion today after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Genarlow Wilson be released from prison. According to the court, Wilson’s sentence violated the constitutional ban against “cruel and unusual” punishment. In … Continue reading

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