DNA – The Problems

DNA is all over the news. The question remains: what is the problem? Let’s see if we can break this down and better understand the problem and issues. First, in 2015, the FBI identified what they referred to as “minor discrepancies” in its 1999 and 2001 STR Population Database. These discrepancies were caused mainly by […]

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Why Private Prisons Do Not Work Well

When I was a boy, I read a story about medieval Italian bands of soldiers of fortune called Condottieri; basically they were mercenaries who wandered from Italian city-state to city-state selling their sword to whomever would pay them. The story made them sound very exciting, even romantic. Later, when I was a bit older, I […]

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Jailers Abuse Inmates: Should We Even Care?

This week the Houston Chronicle reported on the Harris County jail in an articles aptly titled Jailhouse Jeopardy. Sadly, that jeopardy is related not to being tried twice for the same offense but instead is jeopardy to life and limb while inside the jail. The Harris County jail, run by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, […]

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Coercion and Indigence

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi Well Mahatma, I regret to inform you that Harris County, Texas ain’t too great. Many Harris County judges rate themselves and their brethren by the size of their dockets. These judges view having a small docket as most important. To […]

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Do Defense Attorneys Protect the Guilty or All of Us?

Inspired by a recent post on the Huffington Post Crime Blog, we were left wondering whether or not society, especially the politically conservative among us, believes criminal defense attorneys protect us all. As pointed out in the post, defense attorneys do not advocate for crime. We live in the same community. We believe in law […]

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