Old Law Gets Iowa Man a New Trial

Robert Reynolds, who was charged with killing a family friend in 2014, will have his new trial held in Avoca, Iowa, rather than Council Bluffs. This change occurred after he appealed based on a law from the 1880s that split Pottawattamie County by east and west, allowing everyone to be able to reach their courthouse …

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Mike Tyson’s Appeals of Rape Conviction, Revisited

Warning: This post may contain profane or offensive language. Reader discretion is advised. To this day, debate continues regarding whether former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson received a fair trial which led to his conviction for sexually assaulting Desiree Washington. The appellate court decisions provide insight: Refusal to Allow Impeaching Witnesses to Testify In …

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The Shocking Toll of Taser Use in Police Incidents

Reuters recently conducted a detailed study of over 1000 incidents involving the use of a stun gun that ended in the death of the person stunned. Of those incidents, only a little over 150 actually cite Tasers as the cause or a contributor to death. Since Tasers became a staple in police departments in the …

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False Confessions Continue to Put Innocent People in Prison

Dorothy Varallo-Speckeen thought she was volunteering to help solve a child-abuse case when she walked into the police interrogation room in 2013. She learned quickly, however, that she was Detective Marcella O’Brien’s prime suspect. O’Brien believed that Varallo-Speckeen was guilty of breaking the legs of the 15-month-old girl she was babysitting, though Varallo-Speckeen swore that …

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