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The Independent Act: Co-Defendants Can Be Arrested, Charged and Convicted

In the State of Florida, co-defendants can be arrested, charged and convicted for the actions of their cohorts; even if one co-defendant knew of the elements of the criminal enterprise, but did not actually commit the crime itself. But isn’t it a defense in Florida to argue that the co-defendant who did not “know” of the plan to further the criminal episode is in fact protected by Florida’s “independent act doctrine.” The answer is yes, and more importantly was just written about extensively in an opinion from the 4th District Courts of Appeals that overturned Palm Beach Circuit Judge Stephen A. Rapp’s decision that condemn a woman for life. At the onset, there is nothing nice or good to say about Judge Rapp and in fact he has caused the… […]

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What is a Closing Argument? Do Defense Lawyers Have an Advantage?

What is a Closing Argument? Do Defense Lawyers Have an Advantage?

According to Thalia Hayden for WPTV News, In West Palm Beach, Fla., the jury will be left to make a decision today, after closing arguments finalize the the first degree murder case against D’Andre Bannister. Bannister is on trial for beating his 4-year-old stepson to death nearly eight years ago, then not allowing the boy’s mother to leave their Riviera Beach home to get help. Bannister’s criminal defense lawyer claims the 4-year-old fell from a tree. Bannister has been in jail since 2002. Officials say trials do not normally take this long but there have been lots of procedural delays. Bannister is charged with first degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and two counts of kidnapping. If convicted, he will be sentenced to mandatory life in prison. What is a closing… […]

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