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  • Parachuting off the Freedom Tower and Burglary overcharging?
    Parachuting off the Freedom Tower and Burglary overcharging?

    On September 30, 2013, three individuals climbed up the Freedom Tower in New York City and jumped off of it. They landed safely to the ground. After a longterm investigation, they were arrested a few ...

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  • Congress mulls major prison sentence reform
    Congress mulls major prison sentence reform

    The United States has as a population of approximately 300 million people. The world is comprised of approximately 6 billion people. That means that if you’re a human on planet earth, there is a 5% ...

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  • Do people really confess to crimes they didn't commit? Yes
    Do people really confess to crimes they didn't commit? Yes

    For the better part of the past year, the New York media has been obsessing over retired Brooklyn Homicide Detective Louis Scarcella and his alleged role in procuring numerous confessions from murder ...

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  • Thoughts on Stop and Frisk- Part 2
    Thoughts on Stop and Frisk- Part 2

    In 1968, the U.S. Supreme Court gave us the answer to this very question in a case called “Terry v. Ohio.” The facts in “Terry” are similar to the ones listed in the previous post. In that case, the ...

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  • Thoughts on Stop and Frisk- Part 1
    Thoughts on Stop and Frisk- Part 1

    I was a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office during the height of the “Stop and Frisk” era. I routinely interviewed police officers shortly after they made arrests that lead from ...

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