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DNA Proves Young Men Confessed to a Murder They Didn’t Commit Winning Freedom for 2 Illinois Men

Years ago, if someone confessed to a crime, the belief was that the police needed nothing else. After all, who would ever confess to a murder they didn’t commit right? Yet repeatedly DNA evidence is proving that young men in particular falsely confess to crimes for a number of reasons. Pressure from the police and […]

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Expectation of Privacy Dying a Slow Death and Our Rights Will Go With It

Social media; YouTube; “reality” television and digital imagery and video have all made for one of the most public and open societies in history.  When starlets want to boost their Google search trends, they just need to release a sex tape. A sex tape! (See, e.g., Kim Kardashian, Pamela Anderson, Kendra Wilkinson). Now I hate […]

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“Taking the Fifth”

What does it mean when a person invokes his rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution or “takes the Fifth” or  “pleads the Fifth”  or “lawyers up” as they say in the vernacular.  Of course, you could actually teach an entire law school semester on the various nuances involved, so this is […]