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January 2013 Archives

New software to determine parole

Many remember the very successful Tom Cruise film "Minority Report" for its dazzling visuals and compelling action. However, the central concept of an automated computer predicting a suspect's crime before it is committed stuck with many as an unsettling, potentially dangerous development in the handling of criminal justice.

Crime labs ridden with shoddy work, poor regulation

The outcome of a crime lab's work is tantamount; even a single piece of microscopic evidence can make the difference between a defendant's complete exculpation and a potentially life-long prison sentence. Justices, jurors, attorneys, and those charged with a criminal offense all depend on the rightful examination and reliability of a crime lab's work. However, that important trust may be often misplaced, a new report intimates.

Traffic stop turns into serious drug bust

Most people, both in Connecticut and across the country have been through a routine traffic stop. Whether it be on account of out-of-date license tabs, an illegal lane change, or speeding, being stopped by a police officer can be an expensive, but often temporary inconvenience.

Home invasion lands three in jail without bail

As the holidays wind down and any return to the routines they are accustomed to, the emotion and excitement that defines the end of the year inevitably ebbs and subsides. However, for those who may have let snap decisions and quickened tempers get the better of them recently, any return to normalcy may be long-delayed or even permanently ruled out. These sorts of mpulsive actions can quickly lead to a situation of criminal charges and serious potential sentencing.

Registered sex offenders lose the right to play online

It's no secret that the punishments doled out for sex crime conviction are serious and varied in nature. On top of steep fines and lengthy prison time, a guilty verdict will follow a person for the rest of their life in the form of registered sex offender status. With it comes not only an extremely negative social stigma, but also the revocation of many basic privileges and freedoms that everyday citizens enjoy.