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  • The Role of DNA in Crimes

    October 25, 2018

    Two different stories about DNA and the role it plays in criminal prosecution have recently emerged: one resulting in a wrongly-convicted man’s exoneration, and one pointing the finger to an as-yet unidentified man. Horace Roberts was convicted for the killing of his former girlfriend and colleague in 1998. He was convicted in 1999 of second-degree […]

  • Real Estate Crimes NY

    October 25, 2018

    White collar crimes very often deal with property matters in the New York City area. House prices and rent continues to increase at an exponential rate, and it can be very tempting for people to capitalize on the high demand for prices. In Brooklyn, the D.A.’s office recently handled two cases dealing with fraudulent practices […]

  • The Kavanaugh Hearings – Testimony, Evidence, and Perjury

    October 4, 2018

    The nation has been riveted (for better or for worse) by the testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford presented her story regarding accusations that Supreme Court Nominee and Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a high school party several decades ago. Op-Eds and Twitter warriors […]

  • NY Subway Crimes (sex)

    September 25, 2018

    The overall crime rate of New York City has been decreasing in the past few years – but one place where crime reports have increased is in the New York City subway system. Sex crimes occurring on the public transit system have increased steadily from 2015, with 738 incidents reported then, up to 1,024 incidents […]

  • New York Drug Crimes

    September 1, 2018

    Although it seems like the opioid crisis has most heavily affected the ‘rust belt’ of America, with its shuttered factories and unemployed population, it is a nationwide issue. This was demonstrated in the recent indictment from the Bronx District Attorney for individuals involved in a fentanyl drug ring in the metropolitan area. Seven people were […]

  • The Blotter Aug 2018

    September 1, 2018

    It’s time for our recurring series of The Blotter, where the strangest, weirdest or most unusual crimes from around the world make their way into the blog. Over in Bexley, United Kingdom, a rash of strange thefts have been occurring. First, a set of communal gates were reportedly stolen – perhaps for scrap metal? Elsewhere, […]

  • Snapchat Rent fraud

    August 28, 2018

    The Internet has revolutionized the way people communicate, shop, and get their news. It should come as no surprise that it has also changed the way crimes are committed. From new digital crimes taking advantage of ‘the dark web,’ to identity theft and hacking into financial accounts, there seems to be no shortage of opportunities […]

  • Benczkowski

    August 2, 2018

    Everyone has been buzzing lately with the news of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s impending departure, and the nominee to replace him. But what has been less covered is the recent confirmation by the Senate of the new leader of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division – Brian Benczkowski. He has the power to significantly affect the […]

  • SCOTUS Cell Phone Decision

    July 24, 2018

    The Supreme Court recently made a landmark decision regarding the Fourth Amendment and the power of the state to access an individual’s cell phone location information. In the case, Carpenter v. United States, Timothy Carpenter was prosecuted as the primary suspect in a series of armed robberies across Michigan and Ohio. The police used cell […]

  • Immigration-Detention issues

    July 17, 2018

    Immigration policies frequently make headlines. The number of arrests and detentions has risen in recent months, which means that the system is actually struggling to maintain the influx of individuals who are being collared by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Recently, ICE officials announced that they planned to move around 1,600 immigrant detainees […]