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Texas Death Penalty Cases At High Court Raise DNA Issues

Story by Shannon Johanni; Two capital cases have wound their way through the Texas state criminal courts to the U.S. Supreme Court, highlighting substantial concerns with the state’s criminal justice system involving DNA and the death penalty.

Research Improves Detection of Bruises in Assault Cases

Story by Shannon Johanni; The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has announced study results and further funding for cutting-edge techniques of forensic trauma analysis.

‘If You Decide To Admit Your Crimes Over A Beat, [We’re] Going To Use It’

Story by Shannon Johanni; The conversation surrounding use of rap lyrics in criminal prosecution has resurfaced after a second indictment for gang-related criminal activity relying in part on rap lyrics.

Supreme Court Limits Prosecutions For ‘Crimes of Violence’

Story by Ashley Oddo; What is a crime of violence and does it include attempted robbery under the federal Hobbs Act? In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that attempted Hobbs act robbery does not qualify as a crime of violence.

A Call For ‘Radical Transparency’ To Prevent Police Corruption

Story by Sydney Plaskett; Reforms aimed at combatting corruption in U.S. policing should be focused on achieving “radical transparency,” says Michael Bromwich, former U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General who led an investigation of a Baltimore police scandal.

Will Justice Jackson Help Shape More Progressive Criminal Justice?

Story by Jill Mceldowney; With her confirmation by the Senate, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the first United States Supreme Court justice who previously served as a public defender and, for the first time since the court’s founding in 1790, the first Black woman to sit on the highest court.