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Jodi Arias and the Cost of the Death Penalty

For the last few months the Jodi Arias case has been the focus of intense national press coverage. The jury recently found Jodi guilty of murdering her boyfriend Travis Alexander and are now in deliberations as to whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or receive the death penalty. For the last week these deliberations have been on…read more →

Renowned Attorney Judy Clarke will defend the Boston Bomber

It looks like Judy Clarke will be heading up the defense for Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Her defense technique will be to prevent him from facing the death penalty, from CBS: Clarke has been hailed as an expert defense strategist and has taken on the cases of some of the most notorious criminal defendants in the country, including Susan Smith,…read more →

Michael Morton’s Prosecutor Will Face Criminal Charges for Withholding Evidence

From the Innocence Project: Today a Texas court has ruled that former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson will face criminal contempt and tampering charges for failing to turn over evidence pointing to the innocence of Michael Morton, who was later exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 25 years for his wife’s murder. The Judge ruled there was probable cause…read more →

Shannon’s Law – Arizona

Arizona statutes were changed in 2000 concerning the use of firearms. The statute was named after a fourteen-year-old girl, Shannon Smith in Phoenix, Arizona who was killed by a stray bullet in June 1999. Shannon’s law was only a misdemeanor until the statutes changed in 2000. It is now a felony to discharge a firearm randomly into the air. No…read more →

Understanding the Bill of Rights

Under the Bill of Rights, a defendant in a criminal proceeding is innocent until proven guilty. The prosecution must prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. There are other guaranteed rights, most under the Sixth Amendment, to protect defendant’s rights. The Right to Remain Silent Defendants cannot be compelled to be a witness against themselves during a criminal case….read more →

What are the Types of Homicides in Arizona?

David Cantor of DM Cantor in Phoenix Arizona explains the 5 types of homicides as classified by the Arizona legal system.   There are five types of homicide in Arizona applicable under Title 13 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, Chapters 7.1 (Capital Sentencing) and Chapter 11 (Homicide). Capital Murder A capital offense is first degree murder with an aggravating factor…read more →

Jodi Arias case and 4 Types of Homicide in Arizona

As the Jodi Arias trail continues into a second day of the defendant giving testimony we thought it would be good to highlight the 4 types of homicide charges in Arizona. In the following video David Michael Cantor, a Criminal Defense Specialist and AV peer rated Phoenix AZ lawyer, explains the differences.   In the case of Jodi Arias the…read more →

Get the lead out and crime will drop?

A recent article by Mother Jones analyzes a number of studies over the last few decades focused on the correlation between societies use of Lead and the rise and fall of Violent Crime. The correlation is strong and may give evidence to the thought that much of the violent crime of the 20th century could be attributed to the use…read more →

Top 5 Embezzlement Cases in America

If I mention the name Bernie Madoff, what words come to mind?  Probably thief, criminal, felon and crook are on the short list.  For most people the name Madoff is synonymous with the words “Ponzi scheme”.  A Ponzi scheme, named after one of the first mass defrauders Charles Ponzi, is a fraudulent investment operation where returns on someone’s investment are…read more →

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