Criminal Law

It’s one thing to be a fan of a fictional crime show on TV and another thing entirely to read about real events. Learn about criminal cases in our Criminal Law section.

The Alford Plea: Guilty But Innocent

The gray areas of law are rarely as black and white as with the Alford Plea—innocent but guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. While it may serve to bend…

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Students or Scoundrels: College Pranks Gone Bad

For many, college pranks are a rite of passage. They can be clever and funny, but they're not always legal. Good students with impressive credentials…

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Strategies for Small Businesses to Protect Against White-Collar Crime

Although we've seen our fair share of infamous, high-ranking white-collarcriminals the last few years, white-collar crime affects all rungs on the…

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Can Martha Stewart ever vote again?

Martha Stewart, securities broker turned Queen of All Things Domestic, recently saw her pristine reputation smudged. She faced felony convictions for…

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Just the Facts Sir: The People v. Michael Jackson

The Michael Jackson trial is sure to have all the drama of Hollywood movie—money, fame, sex, alcohol, conspiracy—and we can't forget the sparring of…

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Suicide by Police: An Alarming New Trend

Suicide by police is an alarming new trend that has police departments across the country worried, and for good reason. It seems to be occurring with…

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Mutiny on the Bounty Part II: Delivering Justice on Pitcairn Island

Who hasn't wished to get away from it all and live on a secluded island somewhere? Since the mutineers of the famous "Bounty" landed in 1790,…

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The Zoloft defense: Could anti-depressants be the next big criminal defense panacea?

A South Carolina jury has rejected the so-called Zoloft defense of a teenage boy accused of murdering his grandparents. His defense team argued that…

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Runaway Bride? Why Georgia Isn't Letting Her Off the Hook...

Whatever 32-year-old Jennifer Wilbanks of Duluth, Georgia, might have dreamed, surely it didn't involve a bright afghan draped over her head as she…

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Police Lineups: Are they reliable?

We've all seen lineups in movies and countless TV shows. The stern cop asks the scared woman: "Do you recognize the perpetrator, Mrs. Thompson?" The…

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