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March 2013 Archives

False identifications can lead to criminal charges

When a crime is committed in the state of Connecticut, law enforcement typically follows strict protocol regarding the investigation process. Part of that process involves collecting evidence, interviewing any potential witnesses and identifying suspects. And while every stage of the investigation should be handled with care, it can be especially difficult to obtain accurate and reliable information from witnesses. In fact, resources like DNA evidence are beginning to expose the shortcomings and potential pitfalls of memory as it pertains to witness accounts and identifications.

Federal court sees pre-trial drama

Every now and then a case is brought to trial that has all the components necessary to serve up some serious courtroom drama. The media and public feed on the spectacle of such compelling and often high profile cases. Though, the added attention seldom serves in the pursuit of justice for either side. That is why steps are typically taken early on in federal criminal defense cases to eliminate any potential for biased and/or unfair treatment of information or people relevant to the trial. A great example of a legal team in action anticipating threats to their client's defense can be seen in a recent case making national headlines.

Connecticut Supreme Court to address issues of consent and abuse

Many state and federal laws have been instituted to safeguard vulnerable members of society like the elderly and the disabled from illegal acts of discrimination and/or other forms of abuse. And while legislation is in place to help ensure that everyone is entitled to the same basic rights in this country, individual cases sometimes expose potential cracks in the larger system. One recent Connecticut lawsuit deals with issues of disability and consent, challenging what constitutes sex offenses when it comes to acts like sadomasochism.

Connecticut setting the bar for juvenile justice system

The law often reflects traditional notions that the degree of punishment a criminal receives should be directly proportionate to the severity of the crime he or she committed. And while this approach to criminal justice may be affective in some instances, new evidence is coming to light proving that other methods can be even more successful in addressing and curbing juvenile crime. A recent study showcases the impressive progress being made in Connecticut to cut juvenile crime and incarceration rates.