Cops’ Tunnel Vision Can Yield Horrific Investigative Outcomes

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Violent Crimes on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The goal for any criminal defendant is obviously to be found not guilty of a crime. Recently released study findings stress that suspects should also be just about as concerned that investigators never suspect guilt in the first place. Here’s why, say university researchers who have scrutinized scores of wrongful conviction cases: Cops who zero in on an individual often tend to view evidence in a way that supports that individual’s guilt via so-called “confirmation bias.” They ignore evidence that offers up other possibilities. Texas State University criminologists …

Notable Complexities Can Attach To Assault And Battery Charges

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Violent Crimes on Friday, August 9, 2019. The core elements comprising criminal assault and battery are sufficiently intertwined yet different in material respects that getting a handle on what they’re about routinely stymies legions of law school students. That is similarly true for even many experienced criminal defense attorneys. We prominently note that subject-matter difficulty on our website at the established St. Louis criminal defense firm of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry. We stress therein that, “Assault and battery charges can arise from a broad range of incidents that are often exceedingly complex.” In fact, such …

2019 Brings Strong National Focus On Gun Law Updates, Restrictions

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Violent Crimes on Monday, January 7, 2019. Although partisanship and a general unwillingness to cooperate across political lines certainly contributes to slowed American progress along many fronts, gun-law adjustments appear to be a marked exception. That might reasonably surprise many people, given ultra-strong positions that have emerged as polar opposites in the right-to-bear-arms debate that has prominently raged in recent years. Notwithstanding extreme views that mark the outer limits of discourse, middle ground that promotes legislative change has unquestionably appeared in states all across the country. A recent national media piece on material gun-linked changes slated …

Criminal Sentencing Reform On Display Coast To Coast

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Violent Crimes on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Just because you’ve got a big hammer in your toolbox doesn’t mean you should threaten to use it.” So says an ex-federal prosecutor commenting on the proper role of a government attorney in the charging process. That should uniformly be the filing of only charges that can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The commentator and other reform-minded voices now speaking up in the criminal realm stress that charging high for political reasons or to secure leverage in a plea bargain broadly disservices the public and undermines justice. …