A couple weeks ago, we wrote about the unsettling truth that race continues to play a large role in the criminal justice system throughout Wisconsin. This is evident in the way that drug crimes are prosecuted, as African Americans make up a vastly disproportional percentage of drug crime defendants.
It’s no secret that kids sometimes do stupid things and inevitably get into trouble. Kids test their boundaries, and brain science has shown that impulse control and the ability to predict consequences are often hindered during the developmental teenage years.
We have previously written about the heightened focus on wrongful convictions in the United States. Groups like the Innocence Project have been working tirelessly in recent years to help individuals clear their name and have their convictions overturned. At the same time, studying what went wrong in these cases will hopefully help prosecutors prevent wrongful convictions in the future.
White-collar crime has received a lot of media attention in recent years, particularly in the wake of the Great Recession. In an article we wrote near the beginning of the year, we shared predictions that white-collar crime arrests and prosecutions would steadily continue through 2014 and perhaps even increase compared to 2013.
The news over the last two weeks has focused heavily on the fatal police shooting and resulting protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Depending on your age and where you live in the United States, this story can either feel foreign or frighteningly close to home.
If you are currently facing criminal charges, you may be worried that the evidence against you seems pretty strong. But are you sure the evidence was obtained legally? In most cases, police officers must obtain a warrant before conducting a search of your property.
We have previously written about the problem of wrongful convictions in the United States. Awareness of this problem continues to grow thanks to the work of the Innocence Project and similar groups. Not only is the IP helping to exonerate innocent individuals, it is also providing important data on the most common problems that lead to wrongful convictions in the first place.
Getting arrested can be pretty scary. Even if you know you are innocent, you may be overwhelmed and therefore not thinking clearly when you are taken into custody. Many arrestees often say or do things that they regret later because instinct told them to automatically cooperate with police.
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects Americans against “unreasonable search and seizure” by law enforcement. In most cases, this means that police cannot search us or our property without first obtaining a warrant.
Imagine losing your spouse and children in a devastating house fire. While trying to process this immense loss, police accuse you of intentionally setting the fire. This was the horror felt by a Midwestern man who spent 26 years in prison for a crime that wasn’t a crime at all.