Thursday, April 19, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Daily Show Rips Nancy Grace Over Duke Case
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Six-Year-Old's Temper Tantrum Lands Her in Jail
Monday, April 09, 2007
Life's a Marathon
Labels: personal stuff
These Clients We Defend
Wow. So very true. So many of the kids I work with are being abused, and the system fails to protect them at every turn. And I often find myself hoping and praying that they don't end up where this professor's clients have.
Friday, April 06, 2007
My Hypothetical Criminal Record
I may be leaving some stuff out, but here it is. My hypothetical juvenile criminal record:
Assault - domestic violence
Harassment - domestic violence
Driving without a license
Now, I was pretty much a square, goody-goody as a kid, and never drank or smoked pot, so I managed to avoid those convictions. But between fights with my older brother, shoplifting, and driving like a goddamned maniac, I could have racked up plenty of charges. And you know, it's not just having a criminal record that hurts kids; it's any contact with the juvenile system. There are some kids, sure, who may need to be on probation, with the threat of detention time to get them the help they need. But many kids don't. And bringing them into the criminal justice system does them harm. I want to post more on this--the harm done just by being in the system--in future posts. But for now, I'm just thankful that it never happened to me.
Don't be shy now--feel free to leave a comment with your hypothetical criminal record.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
On the Run
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Some News From My Old Office
Why are Child Prostitutes Treated Like Criminals Instead of Sexual Abuse Victims?
Monday, April 02, 2007
FBI Doesn't Want Jurors To See How They Get Confessions
Psychological tricks like misleading or lying to a suspect in questioning or pretending to show the suspect sympathy might also offend a jury, the agency said. “Perfectly lawful and acceptable interviewing techniques do not always come across in recorded fashion to lay persons as proper means of obtaining information from defendants,” said one of the once-secret internal Justice Department communications made public as part of the investigation into the dismissals of the United States attorneys.
Interesting. So, they don't want jurors to see precisely what they do to obtain confessions because they think the jurors might find what they do "improper," even though it's not. Or, maybe, because the jurors, upon seeing the actual interrogation process, might be more inclined to believe defense assertions that the confession was false. It is very true that lying to suspects and applying extreme psychological pressure are "perfectly lawful," but it's also true that use of these techniques can result in false confessions, and that the average juror doesn't have an understanding of how these techniques play out. And the FBI doesn't ever want them to.