Lots of other people are doing good writing and posting interesting things on the criminal law beat, which is fortunate – I’m out of the office this week, and I have more time to read than I do to write. Here’s some of the best of what I’ve found, though, for you to consider:
- Growing Number of Prosecutions for Videotaping the Police
ABC News addresses the videotaping question we talked about last week. The article’s not particularly thorough (even though it runs four pages), but it does get to the heart of the matter – that it’s a clear intimidation issue, when people are arrested and prosecuted under privacy laws for recording a police officer doing his public duties.
- Texas’s Non-Sex Sex Registration Offenses
Houston defense attorney Mark Bennett has been doing especially good blogging lately, and this post that summarizes all of the various offenses for which a person can be forced to register as a sex offender that have nothing to do with sex is illuminating.
- Subtle Messages of the Courthouse
New York defense lawyer Scott Greenfield discusses how the courts put police in authority throughout the building, and then puts them on the stand to testify, and how that can influence the way the jury sees them. It’s smarter than that summary – go read it.
(via Gamso for the Defense)