Controversy Sparks Over Police Departments with Personal DNA Databases

Police departments across the country are causing controversy by creating their own local DNA databases. The police departments state that having personal databases helps them solve crimes faster and prevent future crimes. Those opposed to these local DNA databases believe that it is just a way around the regulations that govern state and national databases. …

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Changes Are Here For Eyewitness Identification Procedures

Changes are here for Justice Department eyewitness identification procedures. Obtaining accurate and reliable information from eyewitnesses plays a key role in our criminal justice system. Eyewitness identifications are especially important as they are oftentimes central pieces of evidence in a criminal investigation. A standard eyewitness identification method is the “photo array” – when several photos …

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Iowa City Residents Are Concerned About Our Justice System

Recently, journalism students from the University of Iowa interviewed Adam. They wanted to hear a lawyer’s thoughts on why some crimes are more severe but receive less punishment. Students were comparing the sentence lengths of the Brock Turner sexual assault case to the actor Wesley Snipe’s tax evasion case. Brock Turner received a six-month sentence whereas Wesley Snipes’ received a three-year sentence. Adam …

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Never Talk to the Police

You have the right to remain silent, but there are better ways to exercise that right than others. A 2013 ruling by the Supreme Court, Salinas v. Texas, states that choosing to remain silent can be used against you in the court of law if you do not formally assert your Fifth Amendment privilege. This ruling …

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