05 September 2004

Interesting News

1. 95% of all criminals need public defenders. Now, I know you're all a little skeptical that the majority of people who break the law and/or have it enforced against them are poor. Nevertheless, I think there may be some truth to it.

2. A law in Australia does not allow accused to cross examine complaining witnesses unless they have an attorney to do it for them. In a case where two men chose to represent themselves it looks likely to cause the overturning of a conviction.

3. In Virginia you can still be convicted of criminal adultery. How sparse has your docket got to be to pursue this type of charge? I'd think it had to do with the fact that the wife is the Clerk but the prosecutor states this is not the first of these charges he's gone forward on.

4. A 14 year old runs out of money and tries to rob a bank.

5. The reason that picking up a prostitute is not a good thing: "20 nabbed in prostitution sting -- 15 men dressed as women."

6. "Since 2001, more than 50 people have died in the United States after being shocked by a [police] Taser."

7. As demand for heroin has been going up, the price of heroin has been going down.

8. If you are on the drug task force you cannot trade sex for leniency. It's frowned upon.


Anonymous said...

As to number 2 on your list, the appeal was dismissed with the convictions standing. The two brothers now say they will appeal the severity of the sentences. I say the sentences aren't long enough for what they put the victim through.

SpartanApparition said...

I read the #1 story. How is it exactly that the state estimates that it is between 90 - 95% of all criminals need a PD? That seems like an incredibly high number, but even if they pinned it down at 80% or something. Shouldn't they know exactly what is going on in their state, to more than a 5% margin of error?

Ken Lammers said...

I think the figure is probably close to accurate, particularly if we are just talking criminal matters and not including traffic. From what I've seen most people charged with a crime really cannot afford an attorney.