The Role of New Evidence in a Trial

Supreme Court Case Denies Petition in Federal Criminal Trial The United States Supreme Court recently rejected a man’s petition for further DNA testing of a crime scene, which the man claims will establish his innocence. The man in question was convicted of a 1996 murder and sexual assault of a woman. In 2015, the man’s… Read More

Improperly Admitted Evidence

A one-time Houston law enforcement officer is currently on death row for allegations that he hired a hitman to kill his estranged wife. Most recently, the man lost a federal appeal to overturn his conviction. The case before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was based on the defendant’s evidence about ballistics tests on a… Read More

featured image for a blog titled The Exclusionary Rule Exceptions

The Exclusionary Rule Exceptions

Pre-Sentence Report The exclusionary rule states that illegally-obtained evidence and statements obtained through an illegal interrogation, in violation of the Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution, are inadmissible at the criminal trial of a person whose rights were violated. In basic terms, the illegally obtained evidence cannot be used against the… Read More