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Spousal privilege might hinder case against suspected murderer

Spousal privilege is a term that is used to describe the legal right of one spouse refusing to testify against his or her spouse during criminal justice hearings. That Missouri statute is what prosecutors believe led a suspect in a triple murder to marry the prosecution's essential witness.

Challenging the legality of a person's imprisonment

Criminal appeals are the method that some inmates use to try to get out of prison. There are a host of appeals that can be filed. One of these is a challenge of the legality of their imprisonment. In order to do this, the inmate would have to file an application for a writ of habeas corpus. A writ of habeas corpus is acknowledged by the United States Constitution, as well as many states.

Unaltered evidence is critical for white collar crime defense

White collar crimes are crimes that puzzle some people. In our previous post, we discussed what constitutes embezzlement. After reading that post, you might realize that some white collar crimes are ones that can be committed without you ever realizing that you were acting in an illegal manner. We know that there are some people who are facing white collar crime charges who honestly didn't know they were doing wrong.

Do you know what constitutes embezzlement?

Embezzlement is a type of white collar crime that involves someone with authority and access -- who is usually trusted not to abuse those things -- stealing money from a business or organization. Often, someone who embezzles attempts to cover up the activity by altering accounting records of some type, including financial journal entries, receipts or invoices.

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