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Murder Archive



by Edmond Geary

Murder conviction reversed, based on evidence of a hand-written note

Mark Jensen, who was convicted in Wisconsin of first degree murder for poisoning his wife, has won the appeal of his conviction.  The U.S. Seventh Circuit of Appeals based its decision on evidence of a note written by his deceased wife.  The hand-written note from Julie Jensen read, “if anything happens to me, he would…

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by Edmond Geary

Ex-prosecutor disbarred for withholding death evidence

Charles Sebesta, a former prosecutor in Texas, has been disbarred for withholding evidence in a murder prosecution  years ago.  Sebasta convicted Anthony Graves for the 1992 killing of six people and was sent to death row.  He spent over 12 years on death row until a federal appeals court reversed the conviction in 2006. Graves…

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by Edmond Geary

Tulsa District Attorney Accused of Cover Up

Twenty years ago in Tulsa a woman was convicted of the murder of her child.  Last year, she filed an application for post conviction relief, challenging the validity of her conviction and was freed last summer based on what was called newly discovered evidence.  Now the question has become whether that evidence of innocence was…

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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

A Confession in New York and Doubts About It

Pedro Hernandez confessed last month to the murder of Etan Patz, a 6-year old boy who disappeared in New York in 1979.   Indeed Hernandez worked at a small grocery on the corner where the boy was supposed to catch his bus, but some experts are raising questions about the credibility of the confession. Hernandez is…

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by Edmond Geary

That Shooting in Florida

Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Sanford, Florida last April.  Fred Zimmerman shot him.  That much is known, but too little else is known for sure. The shooting made national headlines because it involves the “Stand Your Ground” law that allows Floridians to use deadly force in self-defense under certain circumstances.  It also made…

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by Edmond Geary

The Right to Silence Does not Come from Silence

Everyone knows from thousands of television programs that someone has a right to silence when arrested.  On television, that right is rarely exercise since it makes better theater to include an interrogation scene.   In real life as well, the right to remain silent is rarely exercised, often because people believe they will look guilty.  But…

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by Edmond Geary

Casey Anthony Verdict

The verdict in the Casey Anthony should have been no surprise.  Of course, the jury might have found her guilty given the wealth of scandal, emotion, teeth-gnashing, finger-pointing and the undeniably tragic death of the child.  But evidence beyond a reasonable doubt-where was it? Casey Anthony was evasive, untruthful and certainly exhibited reprehensible behavior for…

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by Edmond Geary

Crimes Rates Decline Reported

Crime declined last year to the lowest rate in 40 years.  The findings reported by the F.B.I. has baffled experts for a number of reasons.  This drop in crime continues declines in previous years, and that continuation of decline also baffles the experts. The statistics, reported to the F.B.I. from 13,000 local law-enforcement agencies, show…

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by Edmond Geary

Death Penalty after Reagan Assassination Attempt

Everyone old enough remembers the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.  There was no dispute on who the shooter was.  But, Richard Hinkley, charged with the shooting, was found not guilty by reason of insanity.   He was then held in a mental facility instead of a prison.  A few years later, to great publicity, Hinkley…

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