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Juveniles pleading insanity in homicide to be tried in adult court

In 2014, the town of Waukesha, Wisconsin was rocked by the attempted homicide of a young girl by two of her classmates. The 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed their friend multiple times claimed they did so in order to please a mythical, evil character they believed was real. Both were charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the so-called Slender Man case.

Juveniles receive life sentences counter to Supreme Court ruling

Among the 68 inmates in Wisconsin prisons for crimes they committed as juveniles sits a 33-year-old Milwaukee woman convicted of first-degree intentional homicide. She was only 13 years old -- and pregnant -- when she stood by and watched her boyfriend commit murder.

Pleading guilty as a criminal defense strategy

In a 2013 article for The New York Review of Books, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff writes that "of the 2.2 million Americans in prison, over 2 million are there because of plea bargains." He also contends that somewhere between 2 and 8 percent of those people are innocent but pled guilty. You may wonder why an innocent person would plead guilty, but in reality, it happens all the time. 

Concerns regarding facial recognition use by law enforcement

One of the things police sometimes use in their investigations are databases. There are various types of databases police might turn to, including those involving DNA or fingerprints. One type of database that has been growing in its police use in recent times are photo databases.

Is the US murder rate really the highest it has been in decades?

We can probably all agree that this election season has been pretty light on hard facts. For example, it appears that some Americans have the misimpression that murder is currently at its highest rate in 45 years. In fact, just the opposite is true.

Shift happening in juvenile justice systems in the U.S.?

Among the big concerns a parent may have when their child has been accused of a crime, such as sexting or drug offenses, is whether their child will be able to rebound from the situation and still have a promising future. There are many potential consequences being accused of a crime could end up having for a juvenile. Which consequences end up coming out of a child’s particular case can have many impacts on a child’s future. So, what happens during a juvenile crime case can have significant ramifications. Given this, it can be important for a parent of a child accused of a crime to understand what defense options their child has.

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