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Sunday, March 12, 2006

DNA Results in "Fatal Vision" Case

Not too good for the Green Beret doctor: The hair in his murdered wife's hand was his, although some unidenfied hairs were also found.

March 12, 2006 in Exoneration Innocence Accuracy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

This Week's Top 5 Crim Papers

Ssrn_15This week's top 5 crim papers, with number of recent downloads from SSRN, are as follows:

(1) 194 Law, Science, and Morality: A Review of Richard Posner's 'The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory'
John Mikhail,
Georgetown University - Law Center,
Date posted to database: January 24, 2006
Last Revised: February 6, 2006
(2) 157 Uses and Abuses of Empirical Evidence in the Death Penalty Debate
John J. Donohue, Justin Wolfers,
Yale Law School, University of Pennsylvania - Business & Public Policy Department ,
Date posted to database: December 19, 2005
Last Revised: February 10, 2006
(3) 138 The Cognitive Psychology of Circumstantial Evidence
Kevin Jon Heller,
University of Georgia School of Law,
Date posted to database: December 12, 2005
Last Revised: March 2, 2006
(4) 117 Report on Guantanamo Detainees: A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of Defense Data
Mark Denbeaux, Joshua W. Denbeaux,
Seton Hall University - School of Law, Denbeaux & Denbeaux,
Date posted to database: February 21, 2006
Last Revised: March 6, 2006
(5) 95 The Japanese American Cases - A Bigger Disaster than We Realized
Eric L. Muller,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - School of Law,
Date posted to database: February 6, 2006
Last Revised: February 15, 2006 

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Texas CrimProf Examines Abortion Law's Criminal Loophole

BuellUniversity of Texas CrimProf Samuel Buell wrote this article appearing in the LA Times on abortion law's criminal loophole.

The article reads, "What if the Supreme Court overrules Roe vs. Wade by allowing South Dakota's new abortion statute to pass constitutional review? Abortion, which has been governed in our time by constitutional law, again would be a matter of criminal law. The chief question would be: Who goes to prison?

South Dakota's legislators included this language in their new law: "Nothing in this act may be construed to subject the pregnant mother upon whom any abortion is performed or attempted to any criminal conviction and penalty." If abortion is a crime, why excuse the woman from punishment?" Read more. . . [Mark Godsey]

March 12, 2006 in Criminal Law, CrimProfs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)