• The Blotter

    Written by: September 19, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Another installment of The Blotter is here, where we take a look at some of the wildest, weirdest and most confusing crimes from around the world. First, we are going back in time, because this story is something you’d see only in a Hitchcock film – seriously. In 1930, Carl Tanzer was working in a […]

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  • The Ready Rule

    Written by: September 19, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    If you’re anything like us (or the rest of America), you often peruse Netflix to find the latest releases and most interesting movies to check out. Recently, Netflix came out with a new documentary series, called TIME: The Kalief Browder Story. This is not a review, although I do recommend you check it out. It’s […]

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  • Beware the Slander Man

    Written by: September 17, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    This blog has featured some of the strangest defenses ever presented. Whether they worked or not varies with the case. But a curious defense presented recently is fitting in the rather curious case of the Slender Man assault. You may have heard of this crime. In 2014, a twelve-year old, Payton Leutner, was stabbed 19 […]

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  • Crimes of Domestic Violence

    Written by: September 13, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    Plano, Texas was the site of one of the largest mass killings this past week. Thirty-two year old Spencer Hight shot his estranged wife and seven of her friends at her Plano, Texas home, who were gather to watch a Dallas Cowboys football game. The couple was in the midst of a divorce, and while […]

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  • Prosecuting Terrorism

    Written by: September 8, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The United States has always had its fair share of domestic terrorism – homegrown radicalists who want to overthrow the government or fight for something they believe in at the expense of innocent lives. It has only been in recent years that the country has had to deal with foreign terror. As a result, the […]

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  • Crime & Natural Disasters

    Written by: September 5, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    In the wake of the massive natural disasters Hurricane Harvey and Irma, an analysis into the common types of crimes that occur in the context of natural disasters is warranted. New York has felt its share of disaster weather, wildfires are burning across Montana and California, and man will always be at the mercy of […]

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  • How Charlottesville can affect NY State’s Hate Crime Statute

    Written by: August 23, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    In light of the events in Charlottesville, where a man is currently being held for running a young woman over with his car, killing her and injuring 19 others, states are starting to look closely at their current legislation on hate crimes. In New York, the state has proposed an expansion of the Hate Crime […]

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  • Jails & Computer Errors

    Written by: August 30, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    A significant problem facing today’s prisons and jails is overcrowding. One of the biggest ways that the courts try to control the prison population is at bail hearings. This is when the crime the defendant is accused of is heard by the judge, and the state argues that the defendant should not be released on […]

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  • The Blotter 3.0

    Written by: August 15, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The Blotter brings you the strangest, funniest, and down-right oddest incidents of crimes from across the country and around the world. The Elephant in the Room Drugs are never going to lead to anything positive, and lately in Florida (because of course), this has never been more true. Twenty-three year old Samuel Brunelus was arrested […]

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  • Cruel and Unusual Punishment

    Written by: August 11, 2017
    Under:  The Blanch Blog

    The Eighth Amendment states that “excessive bail shall not be required, no excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted,” ensuring that those who are convicted receive a reasonable punishment. It seems to be pretty straight forward – but of course, in law, there is always something to argue over. The Eighth Amendment has […]

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