Posts in category "Criminal Justice"

Hearsay Evidence

I wrote the following to explain ‘‘Hearsay” evidence such as what was used in the case against Drew Petersen.  This was written for Gerasimos, my deaf neighbor who writes questions for me to answer.  He had written to me that if ‘‘Hearsay” evidence could be used against Drew Petersen, then if the neighbors hated him... Read more »

Mrs. Lu’s Caddie

Jake and I were experiencing a winter day unlike what we’ve seen here lately in Chicago.  It started out as rain the night before.  It had turned into snow by early morning as the temperature dropped to almost zero.  The snow stopped around noon and I began to get ready for the Third Watch (4... Read more »

All Points Bulletin! Car Stolen on Route 2!

Through a convoluted set of circumstances I wouldn’t be employed for awhile although I had been a police officer in Chicago for about a year.  My husband, Lenny, was burned out on being a cop for 18 years so we bought a bar/restaurant near the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Our business was on Route 2... Read more »

Some Convictions Are Based on Questionable Evidence

There have been many kinds of evidence over the years that have been used to convict individuals accused of a crime.  Back in the 19th century, phrenology was a type of study that claimed to be able to understand an individual’s psychological makeup on the basis of the shape of their skull.  The brain supposedly... Read more »

Where’s the merchandise he stole?

It was a rather common police call: ‘shoplifter being held in store office by security’.  I went to the liquor store and the manager greeted us at the entrance.  It was a cold and snowy holiday season and both of us wanted to get into the warmth of the store.  I knew Clark, the manager,... Read more »

Even Sherlock Holmes would have been impressed!

Ever since the days of Sherlock Holmes, criminal investigators have believed that in every crime the perpetrator leaves something of his/her self at the crime scene and takes something with him/her from the crime scene.  The problem was how to get the information from the crime scene to convict a criminal.  Sherlock Holmes believed in fingerprints... Read more »

Habeas Corpus - Another “Body” from Latin and Law

There’s another ‘body’ that people vaguely hear on the news and few people ever really figure it out.  Unlike the ‘Corpus Delecti’ I wrote about last week, this is a real body.  This is the specific body that the United States Constitution refers to in Article 1, Section 9, and Clause 2. The actual wording in... Read more »

Corpus Delicti

I have an elderly friend who is constantly asking me questions about this or that legal case he finds in the newspaper.  Because Gerasimos has a severe hearing problem and refuses to use a hearing aid I end up answering his questions in writing.  Obviously this will be very helpful with this blog.   Entire posts... Read more »

Where’s the Motive?

I am not a lawyer and I am not giving legal advice.  But I have a very dear friend, Jack, who had been harassed and threatened by a specific family member, Penelope.  Jack filed police report after police report and nothing seemed to be happening.    Finally, he complained to me that the police should know... Read more »