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Criminal Law

The Execution of Ronald Smith
8 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
9 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
2 years 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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Inside the Silk Road Scandal
2 years ago

Inside the Silk Road Scandal

In the case of Ross Ulbricht A/K/A Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR) it seems like a slam dunk case for the prosecution. Ross, by his own admission, founded the Silk Road …
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The Bittersweet Murder of Amber Hagerman
2 years ago

The Bittersweet Murder of Amber Hagerman

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. 9-year-old Amber Hagerman had just gotten out of school for the day and wanted to go ride her bike around an abandoned grocery store parking …
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To Serve and Protect?
2 years ago

To Serve and Protect?

On the morning of February 12, 2011, Joe Lozito boarded northbound train No. 3 at New York’s Penn Station. Lozito takes the first seat, located directly behind the train operator’s …
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