It is not the purpose of a criminal trial to decide what is moral. Rather, the objective of a trial is to determine whether a person charged is guilty of breaking a criminal statute, and sometimes that decision comes down to an interpretation of the law.
Despite what we've come to believe about the infallibility of forensic science because of the way it's generally portrayed by Hollywood, there are issues with some of it. As we noted in a post last month, there are plenty of holes in the fabric of forensics. As such, thorough criminal defense strategy tends to include casting a skeptical eye on any scientific evidence prosecutors put forward to bolster their cases.
It is probably widely understood that when a person is convicted of a felony crime, he or she loses their civil rights. But what happens after the defendant has completed the terms of the sentence imposed by the court?
Every 10 years or so, safety experts conduct national surveys of drivers to estimate the rate of drunk or drugged driving in the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did the latest National Roadside Survey over the course of 2013-2014.
In a post earlier this year, we waded into the complicated legal web involving white collar crime. As we noted in that entry, possible charges are wide ranging. Indeed, we really only touched on a few of the possibilities.