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Judge Denies Sandusky Appeal, Orders Victims’ Identities to Be Revealed For Trial

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected a request to delay the trial of former Penn State University assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, according to Fox News. Sandusky is facing child sexual assault charges after allegedly abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period while he was a coach at Penn State. As jury selection was set to begin, Sandusky’s attorneys requested a continuance, which was denied. A judge also ruled that the victims are prohibited from using pseudonyms and must use their real identities at trial. “Sex offenders continue their behaviors until they are caught and stopped, and the only way that we know who those people are is when victims are brave enough to come forward and tell us,” said Kristen Houser, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. Rape victims and children’s identities are often sealed during the course of trial to protect the victims’ privacy under rape shield laws,…
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NY Governor Proposes Decriminalizing Possession of Marijuana

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the proposal of new legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, according to Reuters. The New York Police Departments’ ‘stop and frisk’ policy has been the subject of recent controversy; many people consider it to be a violation of constitutional rights. Possession of small amounts of marijuana in New York is currently a misdemeanor. Currently, persons found to be holding less than 25 grams of marijuana are supposed to be issued a non-criminal violation ticket—much like a traffic ticket. But if the person is “openly displaying” the drug, the result is a misdemeanor charge and the person is usually arrested. Recently, officers in New York have been searching individuals and arresting them for marijuana they were not publicly displaying. This new legislation seems like a reasonable step—most people possessing small amounts of marijuana do not pose a threat to society. Misdemeanor…
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Do DNA Exonerations Have an Effect on Conviction Rates in Texas?

Experts are saying that recent criminal exonerations are reducing the death sentences handed down by juries in Texas, according to LubbockOnline.com. The last time a person was sentenced to death in Bexar County was 2009, when one defendant was given the death penalty. Between 1995 and 2006, Bexar County juries sentenced 24 persons to death. “We don’t go get the death penalty just because we can,” First Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg told the Express-News. “It’s a very serious decision-making process.” According to opinion polls in Texas, the public is still in favor of the death penalty but less often when life in prison is an alternative. This could be an indication that the public is more apprehensive due to recent exonerations rather than moving away from capital punishment in general. Courts have granted more appeals in Texas than in the past as well to persons convicted of crimes, especially…
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