Could Prosecutorial and Forensics Misconduct Bankrupt Massachusetts?

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

Just last month, a judge ruled in the Annie Dookin forensics lab scandal that rocked Massachusetts’ criminal justice system that prosecutors had to decide which cases to retry. The remaining cases would then be dismissed and convictions overturned. Could the cost Read More …

Read Investigator’s Guide To Ethics by Michael Bret Hood

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

Centuries ago, Giovanni Machaeivelli wrote that power tends to corrupt. In the 1970s, the Stanford Prison Experiment demonstrated that with certainty. Recommendation by C J Oakes Yet, despite knowing that power can have a corrupting influence on even the best Read More …

Planting Evidence to Convict the Guilty: What’s the Big Deal?

Field of black with Thin Bule horizontal line separating in the middle. Caption reads, The Thin Blue Line is a fitting symbol of the division created by professional police between the public and criminals. The fields of black above and below symbolize the public (above) and criminals (below). When police plant evidence, they break the very law they have sworn to uphold, becoming in the process, the same criminals they are there to protect the public from. This can have consequences far beyond their own crime, especially on their brothers in blue.

Police have been known to plant evidence. In some situations, the plant is intended to protect another officer who has clearly made an error in judgment, such as when a ‘drop’ is used. A ‘drop’ is an untraceable weapon, often Read More …

Are Executive Orders Legal? Constitutional? Criminal?

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Every President issues executive orders and with each there are those who decry the use as criminal, illegal. Keeping to his campaign promises, President Donald J. Trump has been firing off executive orders like a 30s gangster with a Tommy Read More …

True Criminal Justice Reform Starts with Accountability

Op-Ed by C J Oakes The United States is being swept up in a plethora of criminal justice reform bills. From Alaska to Wyoming, 46 states have some form of criminal justice reform bill pending or passed. Some seek to Read More …

Hillary v FBI Highlights Key Issue in Justice Today

The situation regarding Hillary Clinton's private/public emails and the pass she is given by the FBI highlight the double-standard in place in America. The powerful get a pass when they do not intend to commit a crime while the common folk do not. Mens Rea matters only for the rich.

By C J OAKES, July 6, 2016. I hate politics. I hate Presidential Election years. And I hate that American Justice is failing because too many Prosecutors ignore a basic principle of justice: Intent. In an article for the National Review, FBI Read More …