Have you ever encountered a police officer who was too aggressive? Maybe you felt like they were trying to intimidate you. Maybe they escalated a situation and wound up arresting you. No matter how it happened, you came away from it with a bad taste in your mouth, feeling like someone who is supposed to serve and protect the public never should have acted that way.
When many people get accused of a crime, their first thought is that they have to clear their name by going to court and proving that they're innocent. They want to show that they did not commit the crime. They think it's their obligation, now that they've been accused.
Have you ever heard someone say that "everyone's innocent" in jail? It's a tongue-in-cheek way to claim that all people who have been convicted claim that they're innocent, even though they're not.
What do you do if federal agents suddenly show up at your workplace and want to ask you a few questions? You're worried about where things will go if you answer them. You're also worried about what will happen if you refuse to answer.
Have you ever heard that people's memories change over time? It's true. You probably think that every memory you have is accurate, assuming that the only problem is when you can't remember something at all. The science tells us that some of your memories are probably false, though, no matter how real they seem.
If you’ve ever watched “CSI” or any similar drama, you likely know that forensic evidence analysis is a sophisticated science that produces iron-clad results. Unfortunately, that conclusion is completely wrong. Many forensic tests that have been used for years are not very reliable, and some are so bad that they can’t honestly be called scientific.
When you face drug charges, you quite literally face a turning point where your life may go any number of directions -- and most of them are unfavorable. A drug conviction can make living a healthy, productive, safe life much more difficult.
Texas residents interested in the justice system might like to know about the role sleep plays in acquiring confessions. A study that has been published in a National Academy of Sciences journal indicates that fatigued individuals are more likely than rested individuals to sign false confessions.
A law enforcement office in Texas helped contribute to the record number of exonerations in 2015. Around 28 percent of the 149 people who were exonerated last year were freed due to the work of one Conviction Integrity Unit in Harris County. The exonerated people had been serving time for drug offenses, murders and other serious crimes that they did not commit.
"Making a Murderer" is a crime documentary series that has captivated viewers in Texas and around the country. The film features a confession by 16-year-old Brendan Dassey which many people believe was fabricated. According to one expert, the confession portion of the case bears similarity to another case that occurred in Minnesota. Unlike Brendan Dassey, the suspect in the latter case was acquitted.