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Criminal Law

Killers Who Claimed Insanity
1 week ago

Killers Who Claimed Insanity

Despite the popular perception that those who kill must be insane, it is pretty rare for a killer to actually mount a successful insanity defense. A plea of not guilty …
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The Exoneration of Robert Jones
3 weeks ago

The Exoneration of Robert Jones

In 1992 Robert Jones was sentenced to life in prison after being accused of a crime spree involving robbery, rape, and the manslaughter of tourist Julie Slott. There was only …
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I Would Like to Call Alexa to the Stand
3 months ago

I Would Like to Call Alexa to the Stand

On the night of November 21, 2015, James Bates invited a few friends over to watch the game. The friends spent the evening at Bates’ drinking beer, taking shots of …
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The Execution of Ronald Smith
3 months ago

The Execution of Ronald Smith

In 1995 Ronald Bert Smith, Jr. was convicted of killing convenient store clerk Casey Wilson. After Smith’s confession, a jury recommended that he spent the rest of his life in …
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Programmed to Kill
4 months ago

Programmed to Kill

In November of 2012, a Long Island man walked calmly up to the 12th floor Manhattan home office of psychiatrist Michael Weiss. Wielding a sledgehammer and a knife, Jacob Nolan …
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Along Came Polly
8 months ago

Along Came Polly

In May of 2015, a concerned neighbor asked firefighters responding to a house fire to assist in a welfare check on an Ensley Township, Michigan couple. Firefighters entered the home …
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“Invisible Child” Escapes from Toledo Basement
10 months ago

“Invisible Child” Escapes from Toledo Basement

Sword and Scale episode 67 discussed a horrifying case of a mother convicted for killing her own children, but many were left to wonder how these kids were able to …
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Man’s Best Friend
11 months ago

Man’s Best Friend

Animal abuse may break your heart and it has been a lot of public outcry from the general population and celebrities over the death of Cecil the Lion.  Hunting lions …
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Racial Inequality Within the American Court System
11 months ago

Racial Inequality Within the American Court System

The case of Duane Edward Buck, convicted in Harris County, Texas for a double murder in 1995, raises questions about the American justice system, defendants’ access to effective defense counsel …
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Laws You’ve Probably Broken
1 year ago

Laws You’ve Probably Broken

Sure, there’s a lot of us who break minor laws all the time. We’re running late for an appointment so we choose to drive over the speed limit, or maybe …
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