It is our moral obligation as professionals to advance the cause of justice.
The human fingerprint has been used by law enforcement for over a hundred years. Until the development of DNA as a forensic tool, the fingerprint was the single most important type of crime-scene evidence. As a unique identifier, the fingerprint captured not only our forensic attention, but our collective armchair detective imaginations. Puddn’head Wilson, after […]
The AMBER alert system, created in 1996, has evolved into a multi-agency rapid deployment response system designed to quickly locate abducted children. It requires that organizations as disparate as law enforcement, mobile providers, and news outlets coordinate their response toward a single common goal: pushing information to the public to help find missing children. The […]
Marissa Alexander is just another case file that gets shoved in the heap of unintended consequences. She thought she was innocent, she thought it worth the fight. In the end, it wasn't. Like all gamblers, the players in the criminal justice system have to remember that the house always wins.
Marissa Alexander’s case is not so much about Florida’s stand your ground law as it is about the connections between interrelated facets of her case including gender, domestic violence, and mandatory minimums. In Part I of this series, we explored the role of gender. Today’s post looks at the double standards applied to evaluating violence […]
The comparisons between Marissa Alexander and George Zimmerman and their use of Florida’s stand your ground law were as inevitable as they were powerful. To be sure, the law matters to Marissa Alexander, but the law itself is not the central issue of her case. I think of it, instead, as the stage upon which […]
“90% of the abuse situations happen with the victim’s tacit permission.” That’s a direct quote. I’m going to summarize the rest of the conversation, which I overheard, by saying that this was an advocate who justified her comment by explaining that she had grown up in an abusive household and that she had been a […]