In each and every case that presses a defendant with criminal charges, it is the responsibility of the prosecution to present evidence and testimony that clarifies guilt to the judge and jurors presiding beyond a reasonable doubt.
Perhaps because of the press coverage about child molestation convictions of Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, another story about a college football coach has made national headlines. In his case, however, the charge is possession of child pornography, and it raises the question of what, exactly, constitutes a sexual or exploitative image of a child.
A criminal defendant, now 59 years old, is being granted his third trial in the famous 1977 shooting of two men at a Fayette County resort. Recently, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that prosecutors in the previous trials have withheld crucial evidence that supported the defendant's innocence.
Although prescription drugs are legal when properly prescribed and used, prescription drugs are still controlled substances in Pennsylvania, and people can face state and federal drug charges if they violate the laws that control prescription drugs.
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens saw a premature end to his perjury trial after a judge declared a mistrial. With a new trial still possible, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton struck down the case after the prosecution presented evidence to the jury that the judge had already thrown out.
The jury verdict in Casey Anthony's murder case has created quite a stir. Many people were utterly convinced of her guilt and were shocked when the jury found her not guilty of the homicide charges against her.
In the pre-dawn hours of an early March morning, federal agents raided the home of a businessman suspected of downloading child pornography.
The federal government has recorded thousands of taped phone conversations that they have been using in their case against white collar defendants. However, a federal judge criticized white collar investigators for their often-sloppy wiretap management in the case against Craig Drimal, proving that this type of evidence can pose challenges in the courtroom.
In a criminal case, it often appears that the deck is stacked in favor of the prosecution. After all, the prosecution tends to have greater access to evidence and witnesses than the defense. One of the ways our system tries to level the playing field is by requiring prosecutors to give defendants access to evidence that might help exonerate them. This type of evidence is often referred to as exculpatory evidence.
Broadly defined, insider trading is trading stocks based on material, non-public information. Insider trading is both a crime and a civil offense and the Securities and Exchange Commission can elect to enforce the insider trading laws by seeking fines as well as prison time. Insider trading, like most white collar crimes, is a felony that carries the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence.