Exploitation or a step toward a better system?

Britain is planning to televise portions of their criminal trials. Of course, we’ve been doing that here in the U.S. for a long time for high-interest cases. Having television cameras in a courtroom might raise concerns of exploitation or show trial behavior. Lawyers are going to behave differently for the camera, we think. Worse still, maybe the judge will too. But how so? Are there benefits beyond transparency to public scrutiny? Will some […]

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When you hear the phrase “frivolous lawsuit”, what do you think of? All personal injury lawsuits? All neck injuries? McDonald’s? Something else?

Now consider how much you know about this issue. If you thought of a specific case, how much do you know about that case? Have you ever looked into any specific facts related to that case?

If you thought of an entire class of cases, how much do you know about that type of injury? Is your belief based

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Common Methods of Identifying a Suspect Most law enforcement agencies continue to use “line-ups” for witness identification. Some consider this the most reliable method of suspect identification available to them, and reserve these procedures for their most serious cases. The process takes time and effort, after all. Police officers must gather “fillers”, who are the additional people standing in the line-up when a witness attempts to identify a suspect. Often, and surprisingly even in very serious cases, police will simply print […]

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For the Accused, A Fair Trial Requires a Full and Open Discovery Process

When it comes to a government prosecuting an individual, the government always has the advantage.  Arguably, the government always has access to greater resources than the accused.  Their case begins with government-funded investigations that essentially have no limits on the amount of time and resources they can assign to a case.  Most prosecutors also have their own investigators who can go out and further investigate any issues […]

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