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Alabama Man Faces Murder Charge After Causing Fatal Accident

When an Alabama driver makes the decision to get behind the wheel under any impairment, a fatal accident may be a harsh possibility. Driving requires a person's vigilance, and being impaired severely reduces that. ...more

Former Georgia Attorney Found Guilty of Murder

It was Valentine’s Day 2009 and former Georgia attorney Alec McNaughton and his wife Cathy celebrated the holiday by exchanging cards and gifts over a nice breakfast together. They each expressed their love for each other in...more

5 children drowned by their mother, Andrea Yates

Her oldest child would have been 20 years old this year. Her youngest would have been 14, while the children in between them would be 15, 17, and 19 years old. Five children, all under the age of seven, had their lives taken...more

Amanda Knox Convicted Again

After reading Amanda Knox’s book, “Waiting to Be Heard,” most people, especially Americans, would probably agree that she was simply living in the wrong place at the wrong time. Most people would probably also agree that...more

Ryan Ferguson, Wrongfully Convicted and Finally Free

It was Halloween night, 2001. Sports editor of the Columbia Tribune Kent Heitholt was coming off of his shift at two in the morning. In the small town of Columbia, Missouri, he walked outside to his car, but he never made it...more

Lottery Winner Without A Will Dead After Cyanide Poisoning

According to a sensational report, the widow of a Chicago lottery winner who was poisoned with cyanide fought with the man’s siblings over control of his estate. The battle included a fight over his nearly half a...more

The Role Of Alleged Trade Secret Forensic Evidence In The Amanda Knox Murder Case

Last week, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Adam Smith, both Washington Democrats, convened a Congressional briefing to discuss the ongoing murder case against Amanda Knox, the 26-year-old University of Washington foreign...more

Washington Supreme Court undercuts “Public Duty Doctrine” ... Again

In Washburn v City of Federal Way No. 87906-1 (not yet reported), an October 17, 2013, unanimous decision, the Washington Supreme Court again struck a blow against the now teetering public duty doctrine. This brief note will...more

Red Notice Request from Egypt- How Will INTERPOL Respond?

Egyptian officials have reportedly requested that INTERPOL issue a Red Notice in the name of Mahmoud Ezzat, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Mr. Ezzat was, until recently, a professor at Zagazig University Faculty of...more

When Dog Mauling Means Murder

After being mauled by four unrestrained pit bulls on an isolated Littlerock road, 63-year old jogger Pamela Devitt died in an ambulance from blood loss resulting from approximately 150 to 200 dog bites. Genetic tests from...more

Two Deaths, Two Systems of Justice

Two events: In February of this year, 26-year old Olympian Oscar Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp in Pretoria, South Africa. Sketchy facts of the case tell us Mr....more

Sixth Circuit: Social Workers Entitled To Qualified Immunity Because Law Not Sufficiently Clear

As I learn more and more about the social work field as my (new) wife continues on her path to becoming a social worker, I realize that social workers often see life at its lowest points. Never was that more true than in this...more

Life Insurance Beneficiary Who Murdered Policyholder Is Not Entitled To Benefits

Applying the common law “slayer rule,” a federal district court in New York held that a beneficiary of an ERISA-governed life insurance plan forfeit his claim to insurance proceeds after he pled guilty to murdering the...more

Death Sentence: Appeal

Conviction of a death penalty offense triggers the appeals process. Understanding the appeals process is essential to knowing what to expect in the years ahead. - If convicted of murder with special circumstances, a...more

Against The Odds: Acquittal For Kelly Soo Park

In March 2008, 21-year old Juliana Redding was murdered in her Santa Monica apartment. At 9:52 PM on the night of her death, Ms. Redding dialed 911, but was unable to complete the call. An ensuing fight left Ms. Redding dead...more

By The Book - August 2013: Clery Act Update and the Campus SaVE Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (commonly referred to as the “Clery Act”), 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), was named after a 19-year old freshman at Lehigh University who was raped...more

The Judiciary and the Jury: Confusion Happens

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution - The California trial of Kelly Soo Park for the alleged murder of Juliana Redding recently concluded with the acquittal of Ms. Park. Ms. Park, a 47-year old...more

Ontario Court Gives Green Light to International Human Rights Tort Claims in Choc v. Hudbay Minerals Inc.

In a precedent-setting decision that could have important implications for Canadian companies with foreign operations, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has allowed a lawsuit against Hudbay Minerals Inc. to proceed to...more

The Milwaukee Civil Rights Lawyers Of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. Report On Stunning Testimony In The Criminal Trial For The...

While some have compared the shooting of Darius Simmons by John H. Spooner and the shooting of Travon Martin by George Zimmerman because both shootings involved criminal profiling and may have been racially motivated, Mr....more

The Milwaukee Civil Rights Lawyers Of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. Report On The Guilty Verdict In The Criminal Trial For The...

While the shooting of Darius Simmons by John H. Spooner could be compared to the shooting of Travon Martin by George Zimmerman, because both shootings involved criminal profiling and may have been racially motivated, the...more

The Milwaukee Civil Rights Lawyers Of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. Report On An Unexpected Development In The Criminal Trial For...

Just like the similarities between the shooting of Darius Simmons by John H. Spooner and the shooting of Travon Martin by George Zimmerman, because both shootings involved criminal profiling and may have been racially...more

The Milwaukee Civil Rights Lawyers Of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. Report On Jury Selection In The Criminal Trial For The Murder...

The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial for the killing of Travon Martin influenced jury selection for the trial of John H. Spooner, who shot and killed Darius Simmons based upon the incorrect suspicion that Darius stole...more

Aaron Hernandez and the Consequences of Destroying Electronic Evidence

The disturbing saga of former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez has continued to unfold before our eyes over the past few days. Hernandez has now been charged with one count of first-degree murder and is allegedly...more

BB&K Police Chief Bulletin: Involuntary Confession - Involuntary Confession Induced by False Promise of Leniency Inadmissible

Overview: A California appellate court recently ruled that an involuntary confession motivated by an officer’s false promises of leniency was not admissible at trial. During the interrogation, the officer repeatedly asserted...more

Supreme Court Tightens Conspiracy Liability Rules: Implications for Antitrust Criminal Cases

On March 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released an important ruling on the scope of criminal conspiracy in Canada and significantly restricted the “party liability” rules for conspiracy offences. This decision could...more

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