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April 2014 Archives

Michigan Innocence Project takes on 'false' murder confession

The criminal justice system does not always work the way it is supposed to. Sometimes, people in Michigan go to prison for crimes they did not commit. Unfortunately, the system is generally not interested in freeing the unjustly imprisoned, unless defense attorneys can show that the incarcerated are not guilty.

Mandatory minimums for drug crimes are going away

Readers who follow criminal justice matters may know that the Obama Administration has slowly moved toward reducing the use of sentencing guidelines. They may also be aware that these guidelines, such as mandatory minimum sentences, frequently put people in prison for years, even if they were not convicted of a violent offense.

Drug charges dropped after wife says police dog smelled chicken

One tool that police in Michigan commonly use on residents suspected of possessing drugs in their vehicles is the police dog. These animals are supposed to be able to detect the scent of drugs, which can give officers probable cause to search your car.

School says ex-volunteer official embezzled funds

When a private school accuses one of its volunteers of embezzling funds, you can be sure that police and prosecutors are going to be aggressive in their pursuit of charges. The former athletic director of such a school recently appeared before a Cook County judge to plead not guilty to criminal charges of forgery, deceptive practices and theft.

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