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Criminal Trial

Supreme Court Rules on Pre-Criminal Trial Asset Seizure

Brad Reid | Posted 04.27.2014 | Crime
Brad Reid

The fundamental legal concept of due process requires the right to be heard by a neutral decision maker before having life, liberty, and property taken by the government. The majority opinion seems to unduly fear a hearing.

Prosecuting Rap Music

Erik Nielson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Crime
Erik Nielson

Earlier this month, the 5th District Illinois appellate court reversed the conviction of Olutosin Oduwole, an aspiring hip hop artist and Southern Illinois University student who was found guilty of attempting to make a terrorist threat during his 2011 trial.

Appeals to Racial Prejudice by Prosecutors

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

Appeals to racial prejudice by prosecutors occur much less frequently today, and when they do, a conviction usually is reversed. But not always.

Why Eyewitness Memory Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be (Part II)

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.31.2011 | Crime
Sam Sommers

The legal complications of the constructive nature of memory are clear: being an accurate eyewitness is far more difficult that we give it credit for.

The Criminal Trial Is Not About Justice for the Victim

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

A criminal trial is not "a search for truth" or about "justice for the victim." Scientists search for truth. Philosophers search for morality. A criminal trial searches for only one result: proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

David Rattner

Manhattan Man Guilty of Murder In Brutal Stabbing | David Rattner | Posted 09.05.2011 | Crime

A 44-year-old drug dealer and addict with a long criminal record was found guilty of second-degree murder on Tuesday for the brutal stabbing death of ...

Another Kind Of Paper Trail: Books Might Hold Key To Connecticut Killings

New York Times | William Glaberson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The defense lawyers' suggestion that prison library books could have shaped the crime, or that knowing Mr. Hayes read them could turn jurors against h...

Guantánamo Detainees in U.S. Federal Courts

David Laufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Laufman

As the Obama Administration grapples with resolving the detention of prisoners at Guantánamo, one option which must be preserved is the criminal prosecution of detainees in U.S. federal courts.