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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

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

Fewer Juveniles being Tried as Adults in Criminal Cases

State by state, fewer juveniles are being tried as adults.   In Roper v. Simmons, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the death penalty could not applied to juveniles who younger than 18 at the time of the offense.  The Court based this decision on the “general differences” which distinguish them from adults, namely a lack…

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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

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

Oklahoma Investigation Bureau Criticized By Its Own, Investigator has his own ideas

A retired Oklahoma City Police Department detective who worked as a contract employee of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has plenty of bad stuff to say about the Bureau.  Kyle Eastridge worked for the Bureau for  months on a federal contract.  He retired from Oklahoma City Police in 2009 after about 25 years on…

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by Edmond Geary

Evidence of Other Crimes

Evidence of other crimes introduced at a trial is so clearly poisonous that the rules of evidence generally prohibit such evidence.  Intuitively, an observer knows the impact such evidence would make on a jury – regardless of the strength of the evidence of guilt offered for the charges being faced.  Such evidence would have a…

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by Edmond Geary

Has High Tech Cut Crime?

Violent crime in East Orange, New Jersey, has fallen by two-thirds since 2003.  Why? Officials in East Orange believe it is because of the high-tech gizmos they have installed around the city, including gunshot detection systems and software that analyzes crime data instantaneously. Jose Cardero has been the police director since 2004.  Before that he…

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