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Brief Filed Emphasizing Importance of Geographical Limitations on Wiretaps

By The Baez Law Firm |

An amicus brief recently filed by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers with the U.S. Supreme Court highlights how important it is that our nation’s highest court recognizes the privacy-protecting limitations Congress placed on wiretapping. While Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Street Act (aka the Wiretap Act) allows wiretapping… Read More »

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“CSI Effect” Studies On Crime & Courtroom Behavior

By The Baez Law Firm |

If you thought that the “CSI Effect” was just something you made up while watching your favorite TV shows, think again: Many have expressed concerns that the “CSI Effect”—or people changing their approach to crime due to how they perceive forensic evidence as portrayed on these TV shows—could influence criminal and courtroom behavior and… Read More »

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The Challenges of Social Media Evidence & Criminal Defense

By The Baez Law Firm |

The availability (or lack thereof) of evidence from social media sites in an effort to provide a jury with the truth is a serious issue in criminal defense and the criminal justice system. This is due, in part, to the fact that our system is based on the presumption of innocence, and a conviction… Read More »

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Key Voting Rights Law in Jeopardy

By The Baez Law Firm |

The right to vote is one of the most important fundamental civil rights in the United States of America. Sadly, it’s also one with a complicated history: thirty years ago, barely half of all eligible voters had cast a ballot in the presidential election. As a result, the National Voter Registration Act was drafted… Read More »

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Severe Mental Illness, Criminal Conviction, and the Death Penalty

By The Baez Law Firm |

In the field of criminal defense, we frequently see circumstances under which individuals are convicted of crimes without mental illness being adequately taken into account at the trial level; including circumstances which result in the death penalty. In the best case scenario, after someone has spent years and years on death row, evidence comes… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court Rejects 10 Death Row Appeals In Spite Of High Court Ruling

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In a somewhat unusual—perhaps even arguably suspicious move—on January 22nd, the Florida Supreme Court rejected appeals made by 10 death row inmates, releasing 10 nearly identical rulings. Each of the cases involved inmates challenging their sentencing because juries did not unanimously recommend execution in each of the cases. The appeals were linked to a… Read More »

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Study Draws Direct Connection between Brain Trauma and Criminal Behavior

By The Baez Law Firm |

A study recently released by Vanderbilt University could have huge repercussions on those who are charged with violent crimes.  Specifically, the study presents evidence that draws a direct connection between certain types of criminal behavior and preexisting brain trauma. This type of study could ultimately help establish how an individual could go from behaving… Read More »

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Problematic Legislation Turning Car Thief Victims into Criminals Introduced In Florida

By The Baez Law Firm |

In December, Florida House Bill 927—making it a crime to leave your keys in your car if that car is then stolen by a minor—made it to the Criminal Justice Subcommittee in the Florida House of Representatives. Below, we discuss major potential criminal defense and civil rights issues associated with the proposed bill, which… Read More »

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How to Avoid Getting Arrested

By The Baez Law Firm |

There are some important tips to keep in mind in order to avoid getting into legal trouble. Below, we discuss them in greater detail: Don’t Smoke Marijuana in Public Even if you live in a state that has decriminalized marijuana, or legalized the medical and/or recreational use of marijuana, remember that smoking in public… Read More »

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Secret DNA Database Raises Civil Rights Concerns

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We’ve previously written about the largest DNA crime lab in all of North America, and how instrumental it is in producing “evidence” in thousands of criminal cases every year. In December, police and crime lab officials faced tough questions about whether keeping an unregulated DNA database—which contains DNA from everyone, including innocent people—violates the… Read More »

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