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Criminal defense Archive



by Edmond Geary

Doubts about Eyewitness Testimony

Historically, eyewitness testimony has been thought to be the very best kind of evidence.  But as any Oklahoma criminal defense attorney will tell you, decades of studies have shown eyewitness testimony is right only about half the time.  The problem is usually that a witness did not get as good a look at the person…

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by Edmond Geary

Michael Skakel and the American Rights to a Fair Trial

Everyone believes Americans have a right to a fair trial.  Included in the right to a fair trial is the particular right to be effectively represented, to be represented by competent counsel. It is a right under the 6th amendment.  As a constitutional right, when violated, the remedy must be substantial. Michael Skakel just received…

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by Edmond Geary

Special Courts for Veterans

It was a typical case, unfortunately.  Daring the police to shoot him, the man waved a pistol, pointed the gun at his own head, even shot off a few rounds from his pistol.  Luckily, he had laid down his .45 pistol before he came into proximity of the police so they only used a Taser…

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by Edmond Geary

DNA clears 2 more in Dallas: 21 now cleared

Two men convicted of rape, robbery, and abduction in 1979 have joined the increasing crowd of exonerated from DNA evidence.  They served more than three decades behind bars, more than any others cleared by DNA evidence in Texas.  The DNA proof of innocence in this case was the first to reach back as far back…

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by Edmond Geary

Big Brother Protects Us

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, a vast system has grown up to collect information about Americans has grown up.  No one knows how many programs exists within it or even who many people it employs or how much it costs.  It is the largest, most technologically advanced in our history.  It is designed…

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by Edmond Geary

A case of “Threatened” Criminal Charges Lingering on

Suzanne Wooten was sworn in as judge of the Texas 380th District Court in January, 2009. She defeated Charles Sandoval in the 2008 Republican primary. Sandoval had held the judgeship for the 12 previous years and had never previously had an opponent.  The 380th District Court is in McKinney, Texas, in Collin County, the county…

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by Edmond Geary

Constitutional Rights in Supreme Court: South Dakota v. Opperman

The Supreme Court of South Dakota ruled a violation of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a police search when they conducted a routine inventory search of an automobile lawfully impounded by police for violations of municipal parking violations. After incurring two overtime parking citations in the same morning, a car was towed by…

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by Edmond Geary

Cop Murders in New Orleans

One of the ghosts of Hurricane Katrina has surfaced – again.  A fifth former police officer has been charged in federal court for covering up the killings of unarmed civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina.  Ignatius Hills was charged in New Orleans federal court with obstructing justice and misprison of a felony.  Hills resigned…

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by Edmond Geary

DEA Agent in Jail for Drug Conspiracy

A former A.T.F. agent is in jail, awaiting prosecution for a fabricated drug buy.  Brandon McFadden was an agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for seven years before resigning last year.  He was arrested by the F.B.I. and is now in the Tulsa County Jail awaiting prosecution in U.S. District…

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by Edmond Geary

A Court to Help Veterans facing Criminal Charges

Veteran’s Court was created to help people.  Veterans Treatment Court in Tulsa treats veterans who would otherwise face criminal charges in a different courtroom in the Tulsa Count District Court.  It is one of four in the country   It is being considered as a model by the National Drug Court Institute. Representatives from five states…

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