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March 16, 2009
DNA Evidence is Only as Reliable as the People and Methods Used to Examine It

          DNA profiling is a method used by forensic scientists to help identify a criminal suspect based upon his unique genetic code.  If you watch some of the crime-scene shows that appear frequently on television, you would think that DNA profiling is infallible.  (In fact, one prosecutor in a case that I tried referred to […]

March 16, 2009
DNA Evidence is Only as Reliable as the People and Methods Used to Examine It

          DNA profiling is a method used by forensic scientists to help identify a criminal suspect based upon his unique genetic code.  If you watch some of the crime-scene shows that appear frequently on television, you would think that DNA profiling is infallible.  (In fact, one prosecutor in a case that I tried referred to […]

February 5, 2009
What Constitutes "Using" a Gun and Why Does It Matter in Federal Court?

Federal law states that anyone who uses a firearm in connection with a crime of violence or a drug-trafficking crime is subject to enhanced punishment.  But what exactly does the word "uses" mean?  Although the statute itself does not define this word, the United States Supreme Court has discussed its meaning in at least three […]

December 16, 2008
Self-Defense and the Right to Bear Arms

          The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states that "[a] well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of District of Columbia v. Heller […]

April 9, 2008
Hometown News: Jury selection in Jupiter murder trial to start

The following story appeared April 4, 2008 in the Palm Beach County edition of Hometown News: By Michelle Gentile Staff writer JUPITER - For the first time since her son was murdered two years ago, Charla Las Casas is flying back to Jupiter. She wants to be there when attorneys start selecting the jury next […]

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