Most people in New York and across the country would agree that the word of a law enforcement officer holds a great deal of weight. In fact, many people have found themselves facing criminal charges based on reports of incidents -- such as the discovery of drugs -- given by police. However, those who were defendants in criminal cases connected to a detective now accused of falsifying a search warrant application may be wondering whether illegal actions on the part of officers led to their arrest.
A teenager has been charged in the murder of a college freshman, according to local sources. New York authorities have arrested the 13-year-old boy, who cannot be publicly identified due to his minor status, and indicated that he would be charged with murder. A second individual was also in custody and being questioned, but that person had not yet been arrested by the time of the media report. When the teen faces formal charges in court, he will be represented by a criminal defense attorney.
A man believed to have viciously assaulted his girlfriend and their 2-year-old child is in custody pending a psychiatric evaluation, according to local sources. New York police arrested the 26-year-old man, who stands charged with a variety of crimes, including attempted murder. He was set to be arraigned in a Brooklyn court on Dec. 1. There was no word as of this report whether he had yet retained criminal defense counsel.
It is understandable, perhaps even expected, that people who are forced to live in close quarters with one another will experience some degree of conflict. That conflict, however, rarely turns violent. Unfortunately, an altercation between two roommates in New York resulted in the arrest of one on assault charges.
Most people likely have no idea how they would react if they were faced with a home intruder. However, the urge to protect self and property is likely an understandable one. Despite this, a man in New York faces a murder charge after an alleged confrontation with a man that reports indicate may have been trying to rob his home.
If police have access to a powerful crime-solving tool, should they be allowed to use it with very few restrictions? Some might say yes. But what if this tool invaded the privacy of millions of Americans – not just those who may have committed a crime? The crime-solving tool at the heart of this debate is called genetic genealogy, and it was the subject of a recent New York Times piece.