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  • “Best Interest” Plea Leaves Man with Four Life Sentences
    “Best Interest” Plea Leaves Man with Four Life Sentences

    Guilty pleas have become part and parcel of our criminal justice system . With more and more people being arrested and charged and fewer judges and court staff to handle them, prosecutors are more ...

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  • Court of Criminal Appeals Reverses Repeat Offender Overreach
    Court of Criminal Appeals Reverses Repeat Offender Overreach

    Repeat offender laws occupy an interesting place in the American legal system. On one hand, they serve an important role in keeping dangerous criminals off the streets. On the flip side, they can ...

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  • How Does Civil Asset Forfeiture Work?
    How Does Civil Asset Forfeiture Work?

    The term “civil asset forfeiture” is quite a mouthful. The word “forfeiture” implies that something is being given up, but what exactly? Civil asset forfeiture is a process by which law enforcement ...

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  • Supreme Court Says Right to Privacy in a Rental Car not Limited to Driver
    Supreme Court Says Right to Privacy in a Rental Car not Limited to Driver

    Police stops make pretty much anyone nervous, but police make mistakes too. Sometimes, the police can try too hard to find a reason to make a stop. Even then, they can push too far and make a search ...

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  • Defendant Denied Due Process When Allowed to Withdraw from Mental Evaluation
    Defendant Denied Due Process When Allowed to Withdraw from Mental Evaluation

    An evaluation of a defendant’s mental capacity is an important protection in criminal cases. A defendant is mentally incompetent if he lacks sufficient ability to assist in his defense with a ...

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  • Death Penalty Case Upheld in Jackson County, Alabama
    Death Penalty Case Upheld in Jackson County, Alabama

    Capital murder is any murder that makes the defendant eligible for the death penalty. The death penalty, though more common in the United States than other countries, is only awarded as a sentence for ...

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