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Category: Capital Crimes


OCT. 17 2018
Criminal Defense Attorney West Palm Beach | Excessive Force
Criminal Defense Attorney West Palm Beach | Excessive Force

Many people who have not had pleasant interactions with the police wonder if they have had excessive force used against them. Here we will clarify the laws behind the use of excessive force.

 

What is Excessive Force?

 

Excessive force refers to situations where government officials legally entitled to use force exceed the minimum amount necessary to diffuse an incident or to protect themselves or others from harm. This can come up in different contexts, such as when handling prisoners or even during military operations. When it involves law enforcement, especially during an arrest, it’s also referred to …

JUNE  17 2016
What Is a Capital Crime?
What Is a Capital Crime?

Late this past May, the Justice Department decided to inflict capital punishment on Dylann Roof, and sentence him to death for the crimes he committed in July 2015.

 

Who is Dylann Roof?

 

He’s the man who made national headlines after he was accused of killing nine people in a historically black Charleston church last summer. Roof showed little remorse for the shootings, which are strongly believed to be racially motivated. Both of these factors played a big role in the Department’s decision to inflict capital punishment.

 

Using the death penalty was fiercely debated among the members of …