Shaken-Baby Syndrome Faces New Questions in Court.
Earlier this month, the UK Crown Prosecution Service issued a guidance
on "shaken baby"
allegations. Emily Bazelon
looks at the medical and legal gray areas in US prosecutions in this week's New York Times Magazine.
An editorial last fall by law professor Deborah Turkheimer here
touched on her own research into the issue [PDF],
which she calls "the next Innocence Project;" it was met with some controversy
by medical professionals.
Why do people confess to crimes they don't commit?
UVA Law Professor Brandon Garrett
has been researching the contamination effect in interrogation. Modern interrogation practices are informed by the (copyrighted) Reid Technique
. John R. Reid and Associates, Inc. responds to critics
Arguing Three Strikes.
A defense lawyer (and co-founder of Stanford's unique Criminal Defense Clinic
), and a tough
-on-crime Republican D.A.
make for unusual allies in the move to reform California's Three Strikes law. [more inside]
Online Talk, Suicides and a Thorny Court Case
A Minnesota nurse named William Mechert-Dinkel is charged with aiding in the suicides of a woman in Canada and a man in the UK. He assumed the name Li Do and trolled online for depressed people to encourage in (ultimately one way) suicide pacts
. Caught in part by the efforts of a concerned retiree
in the UK, his case brings up issues of not just jurisdiction but also of free speech.
With AIDS, Time to Get Beyond Blame.
Criminal laws related to exposure to or transmission of HIV are on the books in 32 American states
, and in many other countries
. In January, Darrin Chiacchia was charged
with knowingly exposing a partner to HIV without warning him beforehand. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
The high profile case has drawn criticism of the laws
from those who believe they discourage testing, increase stigma, and intentional infections are sensational but rare and difficult to prove
. Others have argued the laws do little to protect vulnerable populations and are bad legal policy
In the sensational but rare category: Nushawn Williams
, who completed his sentence last week but remains incarcerated