April 2018 Archives

America's exoneration problem

When an exoneration reaches the public spotlight time and time again, the problem becomes all the more clear: America has a long road ahead in regard to the ways it handles false convictions. Not only can a wrongful conviction reflect poor judgement on behalf of a criminal justice system; it can completely destroy a person's life. Time behind bars does not seem as excruciating to those on the other side, but for the West Virginians who face penalties on false grounds, a life can be at stake. 

What if you really did hold marijuana for a friend?

You do not use marijuana yourself, but a friend with a prescription has left his supply with you while he takes care of some other business. If an officer discovers you with the marijuana in your possession, should you tell him or her you are simply holding it for your friend? 

The reality of racial profiling in america

America has long been known for its diverse society, with countless cultures and subcultures thriving in cities across the map. By the same token, an underlying current of racism affects many non-white citizens, especially the country's Muslim population. Although terroristic threats are a real safety risk in today's world -- including West Virginia -- the racial profiling that occurs behind the scenes can inflict serious damage, as well. 

The Kennedy plea explained

Residents of Wheeling who are facing criminal charges often have the daunting task of weighing the benefits of pursuing a trial in order to prove their innocence or accepting a deal that will allow their ordeals to be over. Typically, accepting a plea agreement requires that one plead guilty to an offense. Doing so may result in him or her facing reduced charges, yet that guilty plea may end haunting them down the road. The only alternative may be to face a jury trial, which could result in one still being found guilty. Are there any other options? 

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