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Does accidental gunfire trigger mandatory sentence?

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court will decide this term whether a federal statute imposing a mandatory 10-year sentence for discharging a firearm during commission of a violent felony applies even where the gun went off accidentally.

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Court takes up right to DNA testing

WASHINGTON – As a growing number of people convicted of crimes are later exonerated by DNA evidence, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the question of whether there is a constitutional right to test this evidence post-conviction.

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High Court takes up ID theft law

WASHINGTON – During oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, the justices tried to figure out just who Congress intended to punish with its new federal identity theft law.

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Is too much TV bad for jurors?

The latest incarnation of television crime dramas, in which viewers are treated to a weekly tutorial on how technology and forensics can be used to catch even the cagiest criminals, is having an effect on real life jury deliberations across ...

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One trial lawyer’s calling: help crime victims take control

Whether the issue is clergy sexual abuse, therapist malpractice, campus rape or child abuse, Larry Hardoon knows the landscape of intense personal trauma and the devastating impact it can have on a victim's life.

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Choosing a jury in DUI cases

Alcoholism, social drinking, and drunk driving may be very different animals but in the public mind, the lines between them are blurred, experts tell Lawyers USA. And the results of this "media blitz" are felt in jury selection. People who used to freely say they had a couple of beers at a bar before getting behind the wheel are increasingly reluctant to admit to driving after drinking anything at all. This social disapproval of drinking and driving means that DUI cases, a "crime of degree" that affects more adults in America than any other, are increasingly tough for defense attorneys to win.

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