Inside The Interrogation Room

In Violent Crimesby RSF

On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Violent Crimes on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. A key part of American justice is the concept of innocent until proven guilty. While this is the underlying goal of the judicial system, the process is long and complicated. Police who arrest suspects do so with different motivation than a judge or jury who determines guilt and innocence. Discussed in a recent column on the TV series The Confession Tapes, data suggests that a confession is the most effective form of evidence in finding somebody guilty. The show examines real life confessions, finding examples where innocent (and later exonerated) individuals …

Supreme Court Weighs In On Key Privacy-Interest Case

In Violent Crimesby RSF

On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Violent Crimes on Monday, June 25, 2018. One U.S. Supreme Court analyst prominently notes in a recent national article profiling a key ruling from last week that Americans’ privacy expectations in a certain context have long been limited. And in a most material way. Law professor and court commentator Steve Vladeck stresses that for many decades Americans have had “no expectation of privacy in any information we voluntarily share with third parties.” What that practically means is this: Law enforcers digging for incriminating evidence have routinely been able to skirt the constitutional 4th Amendment requirement …

Sexting Consequences Often Underestimated By Teens

In Sex Crimesby RSF

On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Sex Crimes on Monday, June 11, 2018. Say that a local teenager impulsively uploaded a graphic sexual image of himself or herself (or a peer) on a smartphone or social media site. That’s not smart, right? We all know that as adults, and understand further that adverse implications will likely flow from such an act. How severe should they be, though? Should so-called “sexting” merit a stint in jail? Expulsion from school? Mandatory inclusion on a sex-offender registry, with its stigmatizing effects and foreclosing of future opportunities? Most adults tend to generally extend a bit …