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by Edmond Geary

Government Spying — Big Brother has truly arrived

The U.S. Department of Justice has been assembling a nation-wide database of vehicles for tracking their owners and movements. They scan and store license tags in the hundreds of millions, and also record faces. The Drug Enforcement Administration began the tracking of citizens’ license plates so they could seize property gained from drug trafficking.  They…

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by Edmond Geary

Police officer robbing motorists

Every profession has its bad apples, and the Tulsa Police Department made its contribution last year.  An interesting question was raised in the case concerning the definition of crimes. Marvin Blades was a police officer, patrolling in his police cruiser around town, protecting the citizens of Tulsa.  But while on duty, he had a side…

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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 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 Lineup Procedures Long Overdue

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has recently ordered an overhaul in the procedures judges and juries use to treat evidence from a police lineup.  Police have always resisted encroachment on their own rules for lineups. The Court recognized decades of research that shows the traditional procedures used for lineups have problems.  The result has been that…

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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

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

Rescuers Turn Attackers

“Don’t taze my granny,” Lonnie Tinsley cried.  He was yelling at the police he had called to help his 86-year-old grandmother in his home in El Reno.  Actually, he had called for help for his grandmother, thinking medical personnel would arrive.  The police arrived.  But the police didn’t listen to him.  When the grandmother, Lona…

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