The Christopher Vaughn case is a popular case in which ballistics and blood spatter aided in solving. Vaughn pleaded not guilty in court, and the defense stuck to the case that it was a murder-suicide case involving his wife. Paul Kish, a blood spatter expert assigned to the case, said that the evidence found at the crime scene did not correlate with Vaughn’s story. Vaughn’s blood was found in many different places; the center console, on his wife’s shorts, on the front and back of her seatbelt, and on the carpet between her shoes. Vaughn’s original statement did not mention the blood present on the seatbelt. When investigators at the crime scene unlatched and then re-latched her seatbelt, the wife’s chin was directly above the bloodstain. She was shot under the chin, therefore it was previously concluded that it must have been her blood present on the seatbelt. However, the Illinois State Police crime lab proved that it was in fact Christopher Vaughn’s blood on it. His wife’s blood was also found on the center console, but it was disturbed before it began to congeal. In addition, it appeared that some of her blood on the console was wiped towards the passenger seat from the driver’s seat. Kish concluded that someone had come into
October 2nd, 2002 was the start of a long and horrific three weeks in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. People were terrified to be in the area and everyone was on edge. What appeared to be random killings, turned out to be a well-organized series of senseless shootings that took the lives of ten innocent people. After days of people being scared to death and much confusion, investigators discovered that there were two suspects in the shootings; John Allen Muhammad and his teenage partner Lee Boyd Malvo and they were in a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice sedan designed to terrorize people. This break in the case came when one of the suspects called the tip hotline and told them to look into a murder in Alabama, which lead to the case being
The editorial discloses the power that the Court adheres to and whether it should be accountable for the decision making of fugitive slaves. The writer had discussed that in no way did the verdict of the Dred Scott case follow an act of law, but was merely “nullity.” During the settlement, they decided that since Dred Scott’s master had brought him on free land in Missouri or of the United States without having a citizenship, which resulted in him having no case. It continues on to say that the jurisdiction of the case was influenced by opinion, which did not involve any legalities. The text also alluded to previous court cases, such as Marshall vs. Court and the National Back, where Congress was declared to having unconstitutional implementations, that were based on a loose structure.
US v. Lopez was a decision handed down by the US Supreme Court in 1995. The case was significant because it was the first ruling to set limits on Congress's power under the Commerce Claus in the Constitution since Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. Lopez, a student was caught with an unloaded weapon on school grounds that he was allegedly selling. He was arrested under the Gun-Free Zone law. Lopez argued that this law was unconstitutional as it blocked interstate commerce. The court found that possession of a handgun near a school is not an economic activity that had a substantial affect on interstate
Todd Lubar is a successful businessman having worked in the financial service industry for more than twenty years. In the year 1995 he worked as a loan originator with Crestar Mortgage Corporation. During his work there, he established contacts that motivated him towards his success and he soon discovered that he had the ability to work in real estate, something that gave him the chance to live a quality life with his family and still able to help other people.
In September of 1961, a woman from District of Columbia had an intruder break into her apartment. While the invader of the home was there, they had taken her wallet, and also raped the woman. During the investigation of the crime, the police had found some latent fingerprints in the apartment. The police then established and processed the prints. The prints were then connected back to 16 year old Morris A. Kent. The prints the connected back to when Kent was first entering the system back in 1959 for his earlier crimes. Kent at this time had already been on probation due to crimes committed two years prior to this case. Morris Kent at the age of 14, had first come into contact with breaking the law when he was placed on probation for breaking
On October 15, 1975 Nine students were suspended from Central High School from Columbus, Ohio. They had destroyed school property and disrupting students from learning and were suspended for 10 days.One of the students amoung them was Dwight Lopez. It was required that the student's parents be informed of the suspension within 24 hours with given reason. If the student were expelled, they would allowed to appeal to the Board of Education. The principal gave the students suspension without holding a hearing, it was okay because Ohio law did not make it required to do so.But they were also later expelled without a right to have due process. The federal courts believed that the students rights were being violated.The District Court held Central High School accountable for its violation of the 14th Amendment, it stated that
The Goss vs. Lopez case was argued to the Supreme Court in October, 6, 1974. Nine students, including Dwight Lopez were suspended for misconduct and the destruction of school property. The students reportedly obstructed the learning environment of other students.The students felt that the suspension against them was unconstitutional. Among the ten students, Dwight Lopez argued that the suspension was an act of violation of the fourteenth amendment.
According to the Supreme Court, in 1993, Christopher Simmons went into Shirley Crook’s home with in mind to steal and harm her. Simmons was 17 years old at the time of this crime. According to the report, Simmons had spoken to his friends of the plan to kill the family, thinking he could get away with it because of his age. According to the report, Simmons was arrested the next day, he and his friends. Simmons confessed to the murder and how he did it. At the trial, the jury found him guilty. During the sentencing hearing, the defense attorneys asked the jury to use Simmons’ age as a factor and that he had no prior arrest reports so that Simmons would not receive the death penalty. Nevertheless, the jury focused on the brutal and aggravated
David T. Matusiewicz, his mother, Lenore Matusiewicz, and his sister, Amy Gonzalez all had been brought into custody for several charges resulting in the death of David’s ex-wife Christine Belford. David and Christine were going through a divorce and child custody battles prior to 2007. In August 2007, David and his mother Lenore kidnapped his three children and brought them to South America. In 2009, the duo had been caught and returned the children to Christine’s supervision. After this incident, David lost all custody to his children and he and his mother had been arrested. David had been charged 48 months in jail and followed by 5 years of probation. While in his prison cell, David started to formulate a plan to get back at his ex-wife and scare her. He recruited his mother Lenore and sister Amy to harass, stalk, and scare Christine. Lenore and Amy would falsify accusations against Amy to her children’s school board as well as her church. These false accusations would say how Christine suffered from mental illnesses, had abusive behavior towards her children, and even try to assault Lenore. This harassment continued from 2009 to 2013.
The Jury pronounced Duane Buck guilty in 1997 for his crimes consisting of the shooting and murder of his ex-girlfriend, Debra Gardner, and her friend Kenneth Butler including the assault and injury of his sister. Buck was charged with capital murder then sentenced to death under the pretense that he was a danger to society but the notion was challenged by his council claiming that Buck was not a danger on the grounds that he was more likely to commit crimes because he was black, by Dr. Quijano during Buck v. State. The Texas Court of Appeals found that there was sufficient evidence that Buck would be a future danger hence affirming the conviction. Buck then filed claims for both state and federal habeas relief along with a Certificate
July 13 2013 Albert DeSalvo ran out of luck. Evidence finally came up for a crime that could tie DeSalvo to an assault charge of nineteen year old Mary Sullivan. Mr. DeSalvo was also tied to eleven deaths that could not be proven. DeSalvo while on his terror was named the “Boston Strangler.”(Bulman, 2014) DeSalvo would eventually confess to the eleven murders which he would also later on recanted. With him recanting his statements there became some doubts on if the real Boston Strangler got away. DeSalvo would eventually be sentence for some more rapes and die due to stab womb in Prison.