Criminal Justice

Below you’ll find the blog posts and comments from the Criminal Justice category. We will try to cover topics and articles and information about criminal issues and defense cases across the nation.

Criminal Justice

We often blog about how your privacy and civil rights are under attack. When in comes to recording the police as a private citizen, and being free from constant government surveillance, such as with automatic licence plate scanners, your freedoms are being eroded.

Criminal Law

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Criminal Justice Information

Justice is served when all the rules and obligations of the prosecution and defense are met in a court of law. The prosecution always has the burden of proof, that is, all defendants are innocent until proven guilty. Knowing the criminal justice system is the best defense.

Criminal Justice Discussions

Police K-9’s: we’re led to believe they have been trained in the best dog academies to use their superior sniffers to identify illicit drugs. They are essentially used to find drugs when cops themselves can’t identify their presence. But not all research backs up their use, with some even indicating the dogs are mere extensions [...]

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Elizabeth Renter is a freelance writer and editor who writes about criminal justice issues.

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How To Avoid Breaking The Law

by admin on March 18, 2014

in Criminal Justice

Most of us manage to go about our daily lives managing not to get into too much trouble with the law. Most of us have never had a court hearing, have never been fined and have never been arrested. That said however, it can be surprisingly easy to break the law on occasion in minor [...]

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In the U.S., we have this idea that the Constitution and the legal system are crafted so that we are all treated equally under the law. It’s even written into that founding document in the Equal Protection Clause, that all men are created equal and shall have the same protection under the laws. But as [...]

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Elizabeth Renter is a freelance writer and editor who writes about criminal justice issues.

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As Law Enforcement Pushes APLRs and Surveillance, People Push Back With advances in technology and under the guise of keeping everyone safe, comes an ever increasing infringement by the government on people’s privacy. You can see evidence of this in the increasing number of surveillance tools used by police agencies across the nation. Used to [...]

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The Problem(s) With Crime Labs

by Elizabeth on October 1, 2013

in Criminal Justice

In what’s known as the “CSI effect” most people who lack true insight into the justice system get their information from television dramas. And when it comes to crime labs, this information is often over-exaggerated, to put it mildly. Instead of the infallible experts who use unquestioned scientific techniques to always get to the bottom [...]

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There is nothing quite as convincing to a jury as an eyewitness identification. Seeing the victim identify their assailant, for example, can have a profound effect on the people sitting in the courtroom. But, eyewitness identifications are called the “single greatest cause of wrongful convictions”; they are unreliable. And according to a new report, local [...]

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A Supreme Court ruling recently determined that DNA collections at the time of arrest constitute a Constitutional search. In other words, even if you aren’t convicted of an offense, the government can take your DNA. And while this ruling will set the stage for even more liberal DNA seizures at the state and federal levels, [...]

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The Sesame Street show that so many of us grew up with has changed considerably over the years. Old characters have moved on and news ones have shown up. But, perhaps the most significant thing the Sesame Workshop has done is a recent attempt to address the heartbreaking number of children who have a parent [...]

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Historically, law enforcement and crime and punishment was left to the states. The states wrote the majority of criminal laws and enforced them as well. But, over the past several decades, the federal government has played an increasing role in the criminal justice system—enacting new criminal laws at an alarming rate of about 500 per [...]

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The Supreme Court ruled last week that police can swab arrestees for a DNA sample as a booking procedure. This means, you don’t have to be guilty of a crime in order for your genetic material to be taken and owned by the government. The (somewhat) good news is that not all states follow the [...]

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Elizabeth Renter is a freelance writer and editor who writes about criminal justice issues.

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