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by Edmond Geary

When a Plea is not Voluntary

A plea of guilty must be entered freely and voluntarily, “without coercion or compulsion of any kind ” All criminal defense attorney in Oklahoma know these words by heart.  These words must be read by all who wish to enter a guilty plea to a felony. No wonder, then, that Thomas Cofer was allowed to…

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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

Mental health help, always scarce, is getting scarcer here

Anyone who is around the criminal justice system encounters the mental health system.  All Oklahoma criminal defense attorneys need those services from time to time, especially in alcohol-related and drug-related offenses, but not limited to those charges.  Regardless of what they are charged with, clients can need mental competency evaluation, behavioral counseling or in-patient rehabilitation….

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by Edmond Geary

Search protection for citizens’ electronic privacy

Whenever police arrest someone, they routinely seize any telephone carried on the person or in the person’s vehicle.  Does the arrested person have a right to privacy in the information stored there?  Should the police be required as a predicate to such a search of establishing probable cause and secure a search warrant.  The United…

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by Edmond Geary

Exonerations continue to grow, and in an unexpected type/area

The number of those proven to have been wrongly convicted continues to grow. As the number grows, doubts must grow about the reliability of our system of justice. There were 87 exonerations in the United States in 2013, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. By state, the highest numbers of falsely convicted prisoners were…

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by Edmond Geary

Conjugal Visits in Prison

Conjugal visitation with prisoners is rare in American prisons.  It is prohibited in all federal and most state prisons.  They began in Mississippi as a means of prisoner control, where, black prisoners at first, were allowed to visit with wives or prostitutes on Sundays. The policy solidified in the 1940s when permanent facilities were constructed…

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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

Another wrongful conviction , but this time without DNA proof

Another conviction has been found out to be false, but this time DNA did not prove it false. This time, the proof, after the passage of time and upon closer examination, just fell apart. As usual, the false conviction resulted from corrupt police work.  This was helped along by a prosecutor who turned a blind…

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by Edmond Geary

Police Stop-And-Frisk Campaign Ruled Illegal

To address the abundance of street crime in high crime areas of New York City, the police devised an aggressive stop-and-frisk approach.  They called it TAP, acronym for  Trespassers Affidavit Program.  It used to be known as Operation Clean Halls.  The police approached anyone outside certain housing projects, engaged them, search them, question them and…

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