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Archives for: August 8th, 2016

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

Bill seeks to address solitary confinement of minors in Florida

Written by Moses & Rooth on March 20, 2013

Much research has been done in recent years on the effects that solitary confinement has on inmates. Studies suggest that improper and over-zealous use of solitary confinement can severely harm inmates both mentally and physically. Florida is in a unique position to rectify some of these preventable wrongs. As the…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

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