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October 2014 Archives

The genetic elements that may cause a violent crime

Genetic research is so amazing for a variety of reasons. We learn more and more about ourselves -- and what makes humanity what it is -- through this research. Recently, a bit of genetic research shined a light on the criminal defense world. A team of researchers in Sweden announced that two genes are linked with violent behavior.

Tags: Weapons Crimes

The insanity defense, and why it is rare to see

You've probably heard the old saying that a criminal has the ability to make an "insanity plea," or, more correctly, to be found "not guilty by reason of insanity." This is often portrayed as something that is easily attainable, as if anyone could make an insanity plea and they would have a good chance of obtaining it.

Tags: Weapons Crimes

Mayor of California town resigns after drunk driving charge

About a month ago, we wrote a blog post about a California Senator, Ben Hueso, who was arrested on multiple misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. Hueso now has some company as Alan Long, the now-former Mayor of Murrieta -- a suburb of Los Angeles -- has been charged with drunk driving.

Tags: Drunk Driving

Stats show teens are in danger in the interrogation room

Did you know that in 2011, which is the most recent year that data is available for this statistic, there were 1.5 million teenagers that were arrested across the United States? Depending on your view of the world, you may think that's a little or a lot -- but what makes this statistic so staggering is a new report on how teenagers deal with the arrest soon after they are put in handcuffs.

Tags: Juvenile Crimes

Eyewitness accounts aren't always perfect

Imagine that a person commits a crime. It may be violent in nature, or it might not be -- that specific detail doesn't matter in this case. When the crime is committed, there is an eyewitness to the entire ordeal, but no video cameras capture the incident. The police arrest the individual for the crime, and the case is brought against him.

Tags: Weapons Crimes

Even minor juvenile crimes can affect a young person's future

Remember when you were younger? Those teenage years when everything seemed possible and the world was your oyster? During those days, did you ever do something silly -- or possibly even illegal -- that you later regretted? For most people, the answer to that last question is "yes." Teenagers are just bound to get in to some trouble, may that trouble be innocuous and minor, or far more serious.

Michael Phelps hit with 2nd DUI in 10 years

As many California residents have heard by now, Olympic swimming hero Michael Phelps was arrested on the suspicion of driving under the influence recently. The arrest marks the second time in ten years that the most decorated Olympian of all time has been arrested for driving under the influence. His first offense came back when he was 19 years old.

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