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Suppression of evidence important in success of criminal defense

In any criminal trial an effective defense attorney will attempt to suppress any evidence that may have been obtained illegally by police due to an improperly issued search warrant. Often the suppression of this evidence will leave a gap in the prosecution’s chain of evidence needed for a conviction. Once the court rules to suppress the evidence, the criminal defense attorney may be in a better position for a plea negotiation to reduce, or even dismiss, a criminal charge against a defendant.

The law of terroristic threats in Kentucky

Terrorism and the threat of terrorism have once again been making headlines internationally. But in the legal sense, the concept of terrorism is not something confined to foreigners in faraway lands. In fact, Kentucky law recognizes the act of terrorizing someone else as a crime in this state.

Is a criminal charge dropped if police don't read Miranda rights?

Like most people who watch television on a regular basis, you probably know and can recite the warnings police read when placing someone under arrest that begin: "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law."

Failure to register as sex offender in TN lands man in hot water

One of the most upsetting characteristics of the law with regard to convicted sex offenders is that even when they have completed a prison term, their punishment can continue in the form of having to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

About 4 percent of death row inmates are innocent, says study

While the following story is a little bit older, the information it contains is useful today, tomorrow, and really at all times. It shows just how flawed the current criminal justice system is, and it ties in nicely with our last post about criminal exonerations.

Heroin drug ring busted in Kentucky, 6 arrested

Six people in Kentucky were arrested for being involved in a heroin drug dealing ring. Police executed a search warrant of a home where four people lived, and found heroin, marijuana and other drugs, as well as cash and digital scales. Apparently some of the residents of the home would drive out of the state to obtain heroin, and then they would package and sell it.

Like a Phoenix, debtors' prison rises from ashes of 1983 ruling

In 1983, there was a significant ruling made by the Supreme Court. The ruling echoed something that had already been done more than 100 years prior to it -- namely that debtors' prison, which is the idea that a person who can't pay his or her court costs and fines should be jailed, are illegal. But there was a stipulation in the ruling that said if a person had the financial means to pay the fees and fines but refused to pay, then he or she could be thrown in jail.

Defamation lawsuit filed by man wrongfully accused of crime

Let's say that you are accused of a crime that you did not commit. You plead with the cops in the most respectful and proper way that you can imagine, but it doesn't matter. For weeks your life is consumed by this pending criminal case and all of the consequences you are going to have to deal with. You're an emotional wreck, constantly stressing about what is going to happen to you.

The failure of crime labs is a major issue in the US

Many Kentucky residents have seen their fair share of "Law & Order" and "CSI." These shows glorify the side of the law that includes the police, the prosecution and evidence gathering. You see complex crime labs with genius technicians using sophisticated tools and technology to prove that a certain piece of evidence is linked to the suspect or to prove that the evidence is indeed what the investigators think it is.

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