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Sentencing

Lea en español If a defendant is found guilty of committing a crime, sentencing immediately follows the criminal trial. Sometimes the law that a criminal has violated specifies a punishment. Punishments for slight infractions often will include probation, fines, short-term incarceration, payment of restitution to the victim, community service or drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In […]

Search & Seizure Law

Lea en español The 4th Amendment protects two fundamental liberty interests: the right to privacy and the right to freedom from arbitrary invasion. A search occurs when a government employee or agent violates a reasonable expectation of privacy. A seizure is the interference with an individual’s possessory interest in property. The property’s owner must have […]

Criminal Justice System

Lea en español Investigation, Arrest and Arraignment Before a person can be tried and convicted of a crime, there must be a legal arrest, and charges must be filed. Though a police officer may personally observe illegal activity, like driving while intoxicated and other traffic violations, in most instances, law enforcement officers act based on […]

The Late Claude Howard Jones’ Innocence Hangs on a Single Strand of Hair

Lea en español by Laura Smith Sept. 11, 2007 A 1-inch piece of hair is proving to be a Texas-size bone of contention. The hair: Authorities are not sure whose head it came from. The bone: Some criminal justice groups want the hair for DNA testing, and a district attorney doesn’t want to give it […]

Death Penalty Losing Support as Science Uncovers Flaws

Lea en español by Paul Goetz June 13, 2007 The thought of being sentenced to serve time for a crime you didn’t commit certainly can cause uneasiness and fear. Add the possibility of facing the death penalty as an innocent person and your mind may question whether the system we have in place needs some […]