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Crime and Punishment

THe NY Times writes about a NJ case:

By all other measures it would be a routine case of the “C.S.I.” age: a detective working a cold case alights on a stray clue, and running a DNA sample, finds a man he believes is the killer. Thirty-six years after the crime, the man is […]

The Mississippi Supreme Court admonishes Forrest Allgood

Brian Holleman was convicted of murder in Columbus.  During closing argument, the prosecutor Forrest Allgood* made a flagrant “Golden Rule” argument, with the trial court ignoring repeated objections.  A Golden Rule argument asks the jury to put themselves in the position of one of the other parties, and is improper because of the way […]

To My Surprise, There Is Something More Bogus Than Bite-Mark Evidence

I have always thought the whole business of having dog handlers announce their dog had shown an alert highly bogus.  I had no idea how far this bogosity had been pushed until I read this story from Texas.  A father, son and daughter were convicted of murder based on a dog sniffing line-up.

A what?


“The Prosecution’s Case Against DNA”

The New York Times Magazine has an interesting article about a prosecutor near Chicago and a murder case in which he’s obtained three convictions.  In the third trial, there was proof there was no DNA match for semen found in the eleven year old girl who was the victim.  This is part of a […]

Radley Balko is coming to Ole Miss to speak Oct. 25th

Journalist Radley Balko (whose blog the Agitator I regularly link) is coming to speak at Ole Miss Law School October 25th.

Regular readers are aware of journalist Radley Balko, whose particular expertise as a reporter is problems with the criminal justice system, ranging from innocence cases to police harrassment of citizens (arrests for public […]

Five New Orleans Police Officers Convicted in Danzinger Bridge shootings

Four police officers were convicted of violation of civil rights (but not of murder) and one of being involved in the five-year-long cover up.  These shootings occurred in the wake of Katrina, and NOPD officers werefrom the moment of the shootings involved in efforts to cover up evidence of how bad this shooting was. […]

Wait a minute. Being incarcerated 680 days isn’t prejudicial?

Yesterday’s 4-4 affirmance in Johnson v. State contains this startling conclusion:  Johnson’s trial was delayed 680 days.  The plurality opinion (by Pierce, joined by Carlson and Randolph, with Lamar joining in the result only) concedes Johnson proved 3 of 4 factors for a speedy trial claim in his favor– the delay was well past […]

Memphis inmate who refused to be released into the snow was convicted…

Remember the guy who refused to leave jail when the prosecutors dropped his charge from a felony to a misdemeanor and he’d already served more than the time he could get on the remaining charge?

The Commercial Appeal reports that he defended himself in his trial, lost, and, as the jury filed out said […]

Baby, it’s cold outside (and the jail cell is at least warm)

Apparently, reliable weather reports are reaching the inmates in the Shelby County Jail.

In reading this story, lay aside the outrage that prosecutors held this guy for nineteen months before concluding they couldn’t carry their burden of proof.

On Monday, according to the Commercial Appeal, a judge told a defendant that his felony charges […]

More from the 9/23/10 Mississippi Supreme Court decisions list

Beyond Double Quick, there are a few opinions worth mentioning in today’s Mississippi Supreme Court decision list.

In a civil case, Rebelwood Apartments RP v. English, the court reversed a $3 million verdict. The first issue involves the admission of a police report.  The majority opinion notes that the plaintiff’s expert used the police […]