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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

Death Sought For Islamic Officer Accused of Murder

The Army psychiatrist accused of gunning down fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, is facing the death penalty.  Major Nidal Hasan now faces death in the court martial charging him with 13 counts of premeditated murder.  He is also facing 32 counts of attempted murder.  Colonel Morgan Lamb,  Hasan’s brigade commander acting as the convening…

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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

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

Cop Murders in New Orleans

One of the ghosts of Hurricane Katrina has surfaced – again.  A fifth former police officer has been charged in federal court for covering up the killings of unarmed civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina.  Ignatius Hills was charged in New Orleans federal court with obstructing justice and misprison of a felony.  Hills resigned…

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