Predictive policing: Yes, critics have a problem with it

How would you feel as an Indianapolis resident if a cop stopped you on a city street and began asking searching personal questions about your mindset and activities? Notwithstanding the angst you might have if you view that such interaction is not warranted by any suspicious conduct on your part th...

Marijuana possession not a minor charge in Indiana

While there have been major shifts in cultural attitudes regarding those who use marijuana in the state of Indiana, those new perspectives have not affected law enforcement policies. Many people think that marijuana possession charges aren't a big deal anymore, but they're mistaken. In fact, Indiana...

No one could be wrongfully convicted of a child sex crime, right?

You might think that no one would dare to falsely accuse someone of such a horrendous thing. You might assume that a child couldn't lie about something like that -- or that a child wouldn't have enough information to lie. And even they did, the judge or jury wouldn't convict. Unfortunately, the tru...

Prominent federal case aftermath: prosecution seen wanting

Twenty seven armed individuals entered federal land earlier this year in Oregon, holding government officials and law enforcers at bay for several weeks. One of them was shot and killed at a roadblock during the prolonged standoff. The antigovernment protestors were angered by what they said was th...

DNA testing in Indiana, nationally: the veritable can of worms

It's your DNA … right? Apparently, legions of people -- both in Indiana and across the country -- are more than a bit discomforted when it comes to the idea of being forced to provide genetic material to criminal law authorities. Is that even the least bit surprising? Such a sentiment of course m...
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