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Archives for: January 7th, 2015

What are White Collar Crimes?

Written by Moses & Rooth on January 7, 2015

What are White Collar Crimes?

There is no agreed upon definition of a white collar crime. According to Wex Law Dictionary, sociologist Edwin Sutherland coined the term in 1939 as “a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation.” …Read More

Supreme Court quietly shuts down criminal law challenge

Written by Moses & Rooth on August 28, 2013

The United States Supreme Court has been wrestling with several substantial cases this term. The two marriage equality cases currently being considered and the two dog-sniffing Fourth Amendment challenges recently ruled upon are only some of the cases that have been before the Court this session. In addition to these…Read More

Supreme Court to rule on important criminal defense issue

Written by Moses & Rooth on April 12, 2013

“You have the right to remain silent.” While not all Americans understand that this sentence is the beginning of one’s Miranda rights, nearly all adult Americans understand that this right exists. Popular movies and television programs have taught the public that when you are arrested, you can refuse to speak…Read More

Understanding double jeopardy

Written by Moses & Rooth on February 15, 2013

The criminal justice system both serves to hold criminal offenders accountable for their behavior and to ensure that the rights of anyone accused or convicted of criminal behavior are respected. A long-recognized right of those forced to mount a formal criminal defense is that of double jeopardy protection. This…Read More

What practical effects would crime predicting software inspire?

Written by Moses & Rooth on January 27, 2013

Every major television network broadcasts programs centered on detectives, forensic experts and other professionals whose job responsibilities include solving crime and predicting criminal behavior. Certainly, law enforcement and other crime experts must engage in behavior analysis in order to do their jobs. But these programs tend to overly romanticize a…Read More

When crime labs are not properly regulated, everyone suffers

Written by Moses & Rooth on January 17, 2013

First, a lab technician in Massachusetts handled criminal evidence negligently in thousands of cases. Now, nearly 1,000 rape cases in New York City may have been tainted by evidence mishandling by a crime lab technician. Thesecriminal defense challenges do not just affect those defendants and victims directly affected by…Read More

Courts split on legality of warrantless cellphone searches

Written by Moses & Rooth on December 3, 2012

Our society increasingly functions via portable electronic devices. Emails have largely replaced letters, cellphone calls have largely replaced those made on landlines and an individual’s wireless Internet search history can reveal a great deal about what he or she loves, hates and does on a day-to-day basis. As convenient as…Read More

Civil citations may provide model for criminal justice approach

Written by Moses & Rooth on November 25, 2012

A community in Florida has recently announced a measure which may serve as a model for other Florida jurisdictions. For nearly 20 years, the community has been issuing civil citations for non-violent juveniles who have committed offenses ordinarily addressed by the criminal justice system. In a game-changing move, the community…Read More

Can sex crimes trials be closed to the public and at what cost?

Written by Moses & Rooth on November 20, 2012

The Florida Supreme Court recently held that some criminal trials may be partially closed to the public, but the justices were split on their reasoning for this decision. Press and general public access to criminal proceedings help to ensure that defendants are granted fair trials. However, the court has held…Read More

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