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Earlier this year, in connection with the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Americans heard a great deal about that state's "stand your ground" law, a provision of the state's self-defense statute that allowed a person who felt threatened by another to respond with defensive...
Created: Mar. 28, 2012
Troy Davis, an African American male convicted of killing a white police officer, was executed on September 22, 2011. For 22 years, he fought for his innocence but was unable to plead as such in front of a judge. Davis was given capital punishment for his supposed actions, causing an outrage...
Created: Sep. 22, 2011
Crime plagues every nook and cranny of society, whether big city or small town. We as citizens rely on appointed crime fighters --unfortunately cape-less-- to keep us safe and uphold the justice system. But what happens when law enforcement is unable to prevent a crime from happening? Or...
Created: Sep. 1, 2011
In August of 2011, a U.K. border agency raided a luxury yacht, unearthing approximately 1.2 tons of cocaine in the most clever hiding places. Illegal drugs have established an international industry in the production and smuggling of narcotics, disguised in a number of ways to fight the...
Created: Aug. 8, 2011
In 1971, an individual who called himself D.B. Cooper hijacked a plane and squeezed $200,000 from federal authorities, later parachuting off the aircraft. Nearly 1000 leads and 40 years later, the FBI remains perplexed and unable to solve the crime. A new suspect has been introduced into the...
Created: Aug. 2, 2011
Baseball star Roger Clemens was recently on trial for lying to officials while under oath, stating that he did not use steroids to enhance his athletic performance. In other words, Clemens was brought to court under perjury charges. His case was later declared a mistrial by the court's judge....
Created: Jul. 19, 2011
Throughout the three years of media coverage of the Casey Anthony case, the nation's public became quite familiar with Nancy Grace, a justice-seeking prosecutor publicly convicting whoever she believed to be guilty in criminal trials. For years, she has come under fire for the behavior and...
Created: Jul. 7, 2011
High-profile court cases have received extensive media coverage for many years. The Casey Anthony trial is the most recent case to capture the nation's attention. The story of a young mother accused of killing her toddler daughter resonated with many people who believed the media's...
Created: Jul. 6, 2011
Does the jury's short deliberation and quick not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of Casey Anthony indicate prosecutorial incompetence... or even misconduct? The nation's fascination with the Casey Anthony trial began in 2008 with the disappearance of Casey's 2-year-old daughter,...
Created: Jul. 5, 2011
DNA profiling, though a fairly recent form of forensic evidence, is now used in trials and courtrooms across the nation and is accepted as a valid, reliable form of evidence. But odor analysis? In the current Casey Anthony trial taking place in Florida, prosecutors are attempting to...
Created: Jun. 13, 2011

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