Headlines this summer have been filled with a rash of infant and child deaths after being left in a hot car. How should parents be prosecuted in these cases?
There are 19 states that have laws regarding children being left unattended in a vehicle, but none of them specify how a parent should be prosecuted if the infant or child dies. Should parents be charged with negligent homicide or should they be charged with murder? Could such an incident truly be just an accident?
By Vicky Bufano, faculty member, Legal Studies at American Public University
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines were established by the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) to create structure in sentencing and ensure punishments were more equally applied. These guidelines also included more severe penalties for white-collar crimes and repeat violent offenders.
By Gary Minor, criminal justice faculty at American Military University
In cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct, males are often given harsher sentences than females in similar situations. Is this fair in the eyes of the law?
Some states even have laws that allow different punishments based on gender.
By Captain Gary Palmer, U.S. Coast Guard (retired) and faculty member at American Military University
The recent downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has raised some interesting issues about international jurisdiction regarding crimes and civil liability for wrongful death. Jurisdiction refers to the scope of competence to regulate people, events, and things.
By Terri Wilkin, JD, Program Director, Legal Studies at American Public University
Most law enforcement officers, at some point or another, are named as a defendant in a lawsuit. As such, they need to be better equipped to handle it, limiting not only their liability, but the department’s liability.