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Legal experts question reliability of forensic evidence

Florida prosecutors often build their cases around forensic evidence like fingerprints, footprints and ballistics, but skeptics have begun questioning the presumed infallibility of this type of evidence. A report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued during the Obama administration launched criticism of forensic methods enshrined in crime fiction and television shows as 100 percent accurate. The council declared that only multiple tests by independent entities could assure the scientific validity of forensic evidence.

Defining burglary in Florida

In Florida, burglary is considered to be a crime in which someone enters or occupies a residence or premises for the purpose of committing a crime. Prosecutors may generally establish that there was specific intent to commit a crime after entering a premises to earn a burglary conviction. Prosecutors must also show that a person entered a premises without permission or stayed after an invitation to do so expired.

Speedy jury trials

Criminal defendants in Florida and the rest of the nation are guaranteed the right to an attorney under the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution. They are also entitled to a speedy trial by an unbiased jury.

When prosecutors hide evidence from the defense

Prosecutors in Florida have a constitutional duty to inform defense attorneys about all exculpatory evidence in a case. Unfortunately, some prosecutors ignore this duty in an effort to better their odds of winning at trial. Doing so is both morally reprehensible and unethical.

Complicity and conspiracy

An accomplice to a Florida crime is as guilty as the actual perpetrator, and they both face the same punishment. Complicity, as well as aiding and abetting, are other terms for this. Conspiracy is not the same as complicity. This term described the planning by two or more people of a crime to be committed in the future.

Think you can graduate from criminal mistakes? Think again

Every college student knows that college life isn't exactly easy. It is a time of discovery, uncertainty and transition between being a kid and becoming an adult. Unfortunately, too many people assume that college is an isolated time in life; that what we do and learn in college doesn't necessarily follow us into the so-called real world.