The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a man convicted of second degree murder did not necessarily commit a “crime of violence.” As a result, while the court affirmed the man’s conviction for murder, it reversed a second conviction and an additional sentence for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. The…

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the killing of Yarmila Falater by her husband, Scott Falater. Yarmila was stabbed 44 times, and then drowned in the couple’s backyard swimming pool in a Phoenix suburb. Scott, a devout Mormon, said he had a history of sleepwalking, and was unconscious during the attack – the sleepwalking…

Murder conjures up bad, bad acts. But felony murder – sounds even worse, doesn’t it? Well, words can be deceiving, and this is a case where they sound a lot worse than they are in most cases. Killing another human being is certainly one of the worst things a person can do. Homicide – the…

Sure, everyone knows that our criminal justice system isn’t perfect. But we’re told it’s still the best in the world. On the other hand, “not perfect” is a far cry from gross incompetence. The following example shows just how incompetent the system can be. In September 2013, an argument over drugs took place outside a…

When we read accounts of people being accused of and charged with criminal offenses, we often see the word “alleged” used throughout an article. The reason, of course, is that in our country, guilt, at least theoretically, is something that is determined by a jury verdict, or by a guilty plea. You won’t see the…

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