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Innocent Until Proven Guilty

How DNA Is Turning Us Into a Nation of Suspects

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.09.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

With such a powerful tool at their disposal, it was inevitable that the government's collection of DNA would become a slippery slope toward government intrusion.

Working as a Defense Attorney Shouldn't Mean Political Suicide

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Advising the accused is not a politically popular job. But it is a necessary one. To criticize defense attorneys, the chief checks against prosecutorial abuse, is to promote a judicial system of error by stigmatizing a key motivator for better prosecution.

A Comforting Thought for the Holidays

Mike Edwards | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Edwards

Americans, whether they are gun-toting conservatives from Texas or hipster liberals from New York, mostly want the same things. In this era of political polarization and gridlock, I find that an extremely comforting thought.

Assuming Positive Intent

Laurie Neff | Posted 05.20.2012 | Good News
Laurie Neff

For a nation where one of the core tenets is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, we have sure lost the ability to give anyone the benefit of the doubt.

Troy Davis, A Man Without a Voice, Speaks for Too Many

Lainey Shany | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lainey Shany

But who is Troy Davis? Who is this man who has stirred many to action, yet is unable to speak to directly to the media himself? And how can all of us come to see his plight as our own?

Presumed Innocent? Bernie Madoff?

Dan Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Abrams

People constantly complain to me about news coverage of criminal cases. "What happened to the presumption of innocence?" they ask at almost every turn. Well, I'm tired of it.

Blagojevich The Target of Political Lynch Mob at This Week's Kangaroo Court

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ray Hanania

He may be guilty of the federal charges, but the outrageous manner in which he is being attacked by the legislature this week is just too unfair.