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CBS has CSI and CSI Miami. NBC has Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU. Court TV has Forensic Files. As these courtroom dramas and docu-dramas draw a combined audience of over 50 million viewers, it is not surprising that the effect of their popularity is becoming evident in the real world, specifically in real-life criminal trials. more...

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Plea-bargaining in capital murder cases: is it is fair to the victims or their families? The very process seems to bypass the notion of justice. A light sentence in exchange for an admission of guilty hardly seems fair. So, why play "let's make a deal" with captured murderers? Here are some of the arguments. more...

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In American criminal law, one of the most popular defenses you can claim is self-defense. Many times this happens in assault cases. However, it is most notoriously and many times most effectively, used as a homicide defense. So how do you make a self-defense claim? It depends. Read more on how to make a self-defense claim. more...

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During jury selection, defense attorney Deborah Poole complained that her 79 year-old client, Lena Sims Driskell, could not receive a fair trial with a jury of her peers because the juror pool lacked enough older people from which to select. Of the 58 jurors in the pool, a scant few were over 60. more...

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When we think of grifters or con artists, what usually comes to mind is the romanticized version depicted in films like "The Sting," or, more recently, "Catch Me If You Can." In reality, modern day grifters like Sante Kimes and her son Kenny offer little to be admired. Some might even argue that the Kimes story reads much more like a second rate trashy, dime-store detective novel than a Hollywood tale. more...

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Shortly after 5 a.m. police officers responded to a 911 call at the residence of legendary music producer Phil Spector. It wasn't until after forcibly subduing Spector in the foyer of his home that one of the officers finally noticed the dead woman slumped in a nearby chair. more...

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Attorneys for Scott Peterson have produced an army of character witnesses in an effort to spare Peterson's life. But will it be enough to keep him off death row? more...

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Why did Scott Peterson get the death penalty while Robert Blake got to go home? Some commentators have suggested that as both cases were based on circumstantial evidence the results should have been the same. Read more for Robert Shapiro's analysis. more...

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The jury is still out in the Scott Peterson trial. But, like many high-profile cases, the Peterson case has been a regular feature in the media, dominating headlines and fueling constant speculation among devoted trial watchers. A few zealous spectators have even posted websites where visitors can place wagers on the trial's outcome. If you're among the few who haven't spent a year glued to the television, the following offers you an opportunity to weigh in at the water cooler when the jury finally delivers its verdict. more...

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WhenCollege Professor Thomas Murray was tried for the 2003 murder of his ex-wife, many pieces of evidence were brought into play. Among them were his blood found at the crime scene and the video of his ten-hour interrogation by police. But, surprisingly, neither of these counted as the most novel and compelling piece of evidence. That was found somewhere else: Murray's own computer. more...

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