“The Defense Never Rests.”

Month: July 2021

Understanding post-conviction DNA testing laws

While DNA testing is a major component in many criminal trials in Maryland and across the United States, it has not always been a part of the evidence process. Some defendants did not have access to DNA evidence gathered during the case, which could potentially lead...

Shoplifting rises across the U.S.

Theivery comes in many different guises and takes many different names: embezzlement, fraud, larceny, grand larceny and petty theft, to name a few. The reasons for theft involve many complicated factors such as joblessness, desperation and hunger. Recent statistics...

LET’S STOP THROWING AWAY JUVENILE LIVES

In my most recent blog, I examined how judges decide whether to have serious cases involving 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds handled in juvenile court or as adult criminal cases.  For a variety of reasons—including the fact that, although the juvenile court has...

Why it matters where DNA evidence is gathered

The use of DNA in criminal cases may make an important difference when it comes to establishing whether someone is guilty or not of committing a crime. Since law enforcement can gather DNA from just about anything from saliva to skin cells, police may look for DNA...