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by Edmond Geary

Federal Agencies Change Policy to Record Interrogations

At long last, federal law enforcement has adopted a policy to record interrogations.  After years of resistance, after years of declining even to openly admitting their policy of not recording, the Department of Justice has announced a new policy to record interrogations.  The policy applies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol,…

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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

Another Rape by Police

Another law enforcement has been charged with the commission of rape while on duty.  Patrick Venable, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper until he was forced to resign for this offense, is charged with Rape Second Degree.  The Logan County District Attorney claims this crime took place while Venable was on duty. The fact that Venable…

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by Edmond Geary

Drug Dogs Searches in Oklahoma

Often when law enforcement officers stop a vehicle on the highway, they will use a drug dog to sniff the vehicle to establish probable cause to justify their subsequent manual search.   The reliability of that dog then becomes a fact question as to whether that search was legally justified, since the search was based upon…

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by Edmond Geary

Fed Prosecution of Tulsa Oklahoma Police Proceeds

The prosecution of present and former Tulsa police officers inches closer to jury trial.  U.S. District Judge Bruce Black, from New Mexico and sitting in the Northern District of Oklahoma in Tulsa, has ruled the indictment against Tulsa police officers Nick DeBruin, Bruce Bonham and Harold Wells may proceed to trial and overruled pretrial motions…

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by Edmond Geary

Police Officers Convicted in Murders during Hurricane Katrina

A total twenty present or former New Orleans police officers have been charged last year with civil rights violations arising out of police misconduct during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Federal court in New Orleans saw the jury bring verdicts against the first five to go trial last December.  Of those, three were convicted while…

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by Edmond Geary

Innocent of Murder in California

Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering a family in 1983.  As his execution approaches, not only have serious questions have been raised about the evidence used to convict him but some federal appeal judges have accused police of framing him for the murders. Doug and Peggy Ryen were stabbed to death along with their 10-year-old…

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by Edmond Geary

Are Crime Statistics Reliable?

Public officials always tout their programs as successes.  But sometimes that success is make believe.  When public officials are in charge of reporting the program’s results, the reporting merits watching. The New York Police Department is now suspected of manipulating their crime statistics to make the results appear to show lower crime.  Compstat is a…

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by Edmond Geary

Police Charged with Selling Heroin

Angel “Fat Boy” Ortiz had a meeting near the North Philadelphia Amtrak station.  He met with James Venziale to discuss some business. The idea was to steal some heroin from Miguel Santiago with the help of Philadelphia police officers and then sell the heroin to drug dealer.  The problem was that the intended purchaser, the…

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by Edmond Geary

Police Torture in Chicago

Jon Burge, former Commander in the Chicago Police Department, is on trial in Chicago federal court, prosecuted for perjury by the U.S. Justice Department.  The charge is perjury, but the bulk of the evidence pertains to Burge’s torturing suspects, the prosecution attempting to prove Burge lied to cover up his tortures. Prosecution witness Gregory Banks…

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