A New York man already facing federal charges of receiving and possessing child pornography has now been accused of rape and murder. The state murder indictment includes counts for murder in the first degree and numerous other violent crimes. The 37-count indictment is based upon an incident that prosecutors say occurred in mid-March in a suburb of Syracuse.
Sexual violence is a continuing problem on college campuses in New York and around the country. Accusations of sexual assault and rape could result in significant prison terms should a criminal conviction ultimately be obtained. An Ivy League wrestler is facing those issues right now after he was arrested and charged with raping a Cornell University student in her off-campus apartment.
The facts associated with physical conflicts can sometimes be very misleading. Until all of the facts are known, it is generally good not to fill in the blanks and assume an accused person is guilty. When people are attacked on the job, there may be a tendency to assume they are the victims in a case of assault. The work aspect of an incident is an element of the situation that a defendant in New York may want to address.
Guilt by association can make criminal defense much more difficult than it already is. When a defendant is seeking to argue against serious charges such as assault, the perception that he or she is involved with a 'crowd' that has a history of engaging in similar behavior can impact how a defendant is perceived by the court and the general public. Since reputation evidence is allowed in New York State courts, it is important that defendants who are accused of serious crimes be prepared to present themselves and the people they associate with in the best light possible.
Any person who is convicted of a crime and sentenced to jail time may be released back into society at a future point. Sometimes, people will be released from prison prior to the maximum length of their prison terms. Such releases usually come after a parole hearing. In New York, parole boards who are considering whether to award or revoke parole in assault or other cases typically consider a variety of factors.
Assault charges can be difficult to prove, especially when there is more than one side to a story involving the altercation. New York police will often look to other witnesses in the area to see if they can provide an account of who initiated the assault and whether any of those involved may have merely been defending themselves. In the recent arrest of actress Lindsay Lohan, details remain sketchy as to what led police to charge her with assault.
Although the scene of a death can initially look like an accident, police may subsequently reconsider the case if new evidence arises that calls into question original conclusions. This investigation can, in some cases, impact the outcome of an ongoing case or the verdict of a past case. In a recent case in Upstate New York, a man has been arrested on murder charges in an incident relating to the death of his son.
In some cases there can be a public outcry for individuals who are suspected of committing a crime to be arrested immediately. However, in some cases, the alleged criminal incident can be a lot more difficult for New York police to decipher then the public may originally believe. Police recently arrested a man in upstate New York on an assault charge that police have said was racially motivated; however, many have questioned why the arrest was not affected shortly after the assault occurred.
There is nothing worse than the death of a young child. When homicide is suspected, this typically results in police immediately initiating an extensive investigation in order to try and bring the individual responsible for the slaying to justice. In a recent homicide investigation, police have alleged that a nanny for a New York couple was responsible for killing the couple's two children in their New York home.
One of the first things that police may look for when they are investigating a homicide is whether anyone had a motive to kill the individual. New York police will look at a wide range of factors to determine whether certain individuals had an incentive to murder a victim. If this investigation does in fact reveal such circumstances, police in many cases, will narrow their investigation to a select group of potential suspects.