For anyone in Maryland convicted of a criminal offense, the long-term consequences can make life difficult. The conviction can make being hired for a job, getting a loan or finding affordable housing difficult. Illegal gun possession is one crime that can make life especially tough for a convict.
Whether you're for or against it, the death penalty remains a major issue in states that have it, including Maryland. Our state now finds itself teetering on the edge of the debate, poised to consider an abolishment of capital punishment. If it does, it will join a growing list of states that no longer put people to death for committing violent crimes.
In a turn more like a sci-fi movie than a policing method, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania has developed technology meant to decrease crime. The software was developed from an algorithm informed by more than 60,000 crimes, which revealed that there was a subset in the data that were more likely to commit murder when on parole or probation.
Police officers in Maryland have arrested three people after a shooting last weekend. The shooting resulted in one person dying and another person being wounded. The person who was wounded remains hospitalized. It is unclear what may have led to the shooing, but police have not filed charges.
Being charged with murder in Greenbelt is extremely serious. Just facing a criminal charge, especially one that is as serious as murder, can put a lot of strain on an individual. He or she may lose a job, housing and family and friends because people are frightened. Even if an individual is cleared of all charges, that mark may still be on him or her, making it very difficult to rebuild a life that was shattered by murder charges.
Nearly everyone in Montgomery County knows who George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin are. Since Martin's death in February, there has been considerable media attention thrust upon Zimmerman, leading to speculation and opinions about whether Zimmerman should be tried for and convicted of murder. Though he was not originally criminally charged, prosecutors ultimately decided to charge him in the death of Martin. Now, Zimmerman has gone on a national television show to explain his side of the story.
Anyone who has been charged with a crime has likely thought about what would happen if they are found guilty. For some, it may just be a fine or a few days in jail. For others, it could be years or the rest of their lives in a Maryland prison. Though it may not always seem like it, there are protections available to everyone who has been found guilty of a crime, primarily the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
The image of a psychopath strikes fear into the hearts of many people in Rockville. The idea that someone would do whatever he or she wants, regardless of who gets hurt, is indeed frightening, but there is some question as to whether psychopaths can be held totally responsible for their actions. After a recent article documented psychopathic tendencies in children as young as three, it calls into question whether a psychopath's actions can truly be helped.
Maryland still hast the death penalty and anyone who is convicted of a particularly violent crime could find him- or herself sentenced to death, but what about those people who are put on death row for crimes that aren't quite heinous enough to warrant a death sentence?
It would be nearly impossible for someone in Maryland not to have heard of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. The amount of media coverage since Martin's death in late February has been astronomical and each media source seems to be presenting different facts and different spins as to what happened.