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Archive for December, 2007

Improving the quality of justice for all!

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

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On November 16, University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law was the site where some of the best legal, political and academic professionals in the US, each passionate about improving quality justice for all, gathered to advance the cause in Kentucky. This program wasn’t about taking sides: it was about drawing together a broad representation of stakeholders from the criminal justice system, including Supreme Court Justices, circuit judges, district judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, court administrators, policy agency officials, the clergy, and law students.

Ms. Rebecca Brown, Policy Analyst for The Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, is involved in reform movements on a nationwide basis. She highlighted the systemic issues as she introduced each of the presenters. These speakers not only brought with them a message that everyone can appreciate and understand, but they also delivered it in a way that let the stakeholders see just how crucial that message is for the state.

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Forensic science on television

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

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Whether it’s the farcical one-liners in CSI: Miami, the cutting-edge forensic technology of CSI: Las Vegas, or the brilliant DNA experts from CSI: New York deciphering unsolvable crimes, one thing is for sure: television viewers continue to be captivated by the mysteries of forensic science. Each week, approximately 70 million people watch some type of crime scene investigation show such as Criminal Minds or Law & Order. The question now presents itself; how many of these CSI enthusiasts report for jury duty on Monday morning?

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National DNA Databasing

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

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In this day and age of fact-finding and data collection, most of us will likely be referenced in a computer somewhere within the information superhighway. Whether tagged by our social security number, our credit history report, or simply by an item we purchased online, chances are we are recorded in someone’s database.

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