Last week, we began a discussion about the damage caused by false allegations of rape. Because of heavy and biased media coverage, defendants often suffer serious damage to their reputation, career and finances even if they are later acquitted.
Earlier this month, we wrote about the accusations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK), former head of the International Monetary Fund. The rape charges against him are likely to be dropped, but he has already suffered damage to his reputation, his finances and his future prospects as a result of the charges.
Earlier this week, we wrote that the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn may soon be dropped. In May, Strauss-Kahn was arrested for the alleged rape of a hotel housekeeper. Now, due to inconsistencies in the housekeeper's testimony, her credibility is in question.
In previous posts, we have said that there are certain crimes for which a public accusation can be as bad as a criminal conviction. This is especially true when it comes to sex crimes. Those who face false accusations can nonetheless face real consequences, even if they are not convicted.
Domestic violence can be a difficult crime to sort out. The victims of domestic violence are intimately connected to their alleged offenders, and sometimes the normal necessities of marriage or relationships can complicate a domestic violence criminal case.
We have written several posts about the condition of Wisconsin's criminal justice system. There are many signs that it is working well, including the fact that Wisconsin's prison population has been declining. But one prosecutor from Milwaukee County thinks our state system could work better, save money, and keep more people out of prison.
In criminal cases defendants have their fate decided by a jury of their peers. The jury is selected somewhat randomly to make sure that they are "fair and impartial." Nonetheless, we all seem to have some positive and negative prejudices that unconsciously influence our decisions.
Wisconsin may have a race problem when it comes to law enforcement. African Americans account for 43 percent Wisconsin's prison population but they represent only 6 percent of the state's total population. This disproportionate statistic has caused officials to take a closer look in order to determine if racial profiling is significant problem in law enforcement.