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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...

Grounds for postconviction relief

After a conviction, it may seem as if the only option remaining is to serve the sentence that the judge orders. However, the judge's orders are not always the final word in the case. The American Bar Association explains that the law allows the defendant to challenge...

DISCRETIONARY DECISIONS IN JUVENILE COURT

Last time, we saw how juvenile delinquency cases are heard in Montgomery County, with a look back at the unique history here.  Today, I examine how these judges have extraordinary discretion to essentially make or break the lives of juveniles in the county.  Before...

How reliable is eyewitness testimony?

If facing criminal charges and you learned the authorities have an eyewitness, your heart likely sank. Judges and juries have long placed significant weight on the testimony of people who witnessed alleged crimes. However, many factors may affect the reliability of...

What is “trace DNA”?

DNA plays a huge role in the modern court system when determining guilt or innocence. It also may be used in appeals or when cracking “cold cases” that investigators could not solve in the past.   Experts sometimes refer to “trace” DNA as “touch” DNA. According to...