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September 2011 Archives

Troy Davis Execution Highly Controversial Event in Georgia

Troy Davis was executed in Georgia on Wednesday, September 21, despite huge protests and criminal justice appeals. Davis was convicted in 1991 of killing a police officer who was on security patrol. Many people critical of the death penalty used the Davis case as an example of what is wrong with the U.S. criminal defense and criminal justice system.

Strauss-Kahn Admits to Moral Failing in Encounter With NY Maid

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) opened up in his first live television interview with a French network station. In the interview, DSK admitted that he had a inappropriate encounter with the New York maid, but said that there was nothing violent or aggressive.

Six North Carolina Residents Accused of Robbing Pizza Hut

Six North Carolina residents are facing armed robbery charges after allegedly robbing a Pizza Hut last month in Brunswick County. On August 12, two men armed with dangerous weapons entered the Shallotte Pizza Hut, demanding money. The men took an undisclosed sum of money from the assistant manager and drove off in a getaway car before police officers arrived.

North Carolina Stepmom Pleads Guilty to Disabled Girl's Murder

A 43-year-old stepmother from North Carolina has pled guilty to second degree murder in Catawba County Superior Court. She is accused of murdering her 10-year-old stepdaughter through undetermined means including dismembering her body. The woman also pled guilty to obstruction of justice in an unrelated criminal charge.

North Carolina Man Suspected of Running Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme

A 50-year-old Salisbury, North Carolina, man has been indicted for running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded victims of more than $2.3 million, according to the federal indictment. The man allegedly told victims that he would be using the money for a fake oil pipeline company and for retirement investments. Instead, he used the money to fund a personal investment account and lavish trips abroad.

Innocence Hearing Held for Two Who Pled Guilty to Murder Charges

Two men who pled guilty to second-degree murder charges will be arguing their case once again. The men were charged with the murder of a 51-year-old Fairview man in his home in 2000 and are now saying that they are innocent.

Part II: Rape Charges Dismissed in Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case

Continuing this week's previous post on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) sexual assault allegation, this post will discuss the challenges facing the prosecution that ultimately led to the dismissal of all charges. In general, sexual assault cases are difficult for prosecutors because there is often limited evidence unless the DNA evidence is present.

Part I: Rape Charges Dismissed in Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case

It appears that the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK), the former head of the International Monetary Fund, has finally come to a close. All charges against DSK relating to the alleged sexual assault have been dropped in New York. While he proclaims his innocence, the case provides a wealth of information about how rape or sexual assault allegations can be challenged.

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