Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Deal or no deal? The struggle with jailhouse snitches

Jailhouse snitches help prosecutors get convictions even when there’s scant other evidence against the defendant, often offering the snitches drastic reductions in their sentences. In the past five years, roughly 49,000 convicts had their sentences lessened for helping prosecutors. But are the ethical implications of using witnesses who have nothing to lose and everything to gain by lying too great?

Drew Peterson: Former cop and wife killer

This former cop was convicted this year of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004, and is suspected in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy. Peterson had already lined up wife number five when the law caught up with him.

The Jodi Arias Trial

When the trial opened on January 2, 2013, prosecutors portrayed Travis Alexander as a "good man." They asserted Jodi Arias seduced him, stalked him when he broke off the relationship, and finally murdered him in a jealous fit when she discovered he was dating other women. Prosecutor Juan Martinez stated, "This is not a case of whodunit. The whodunit sits in court today."

The mysterious Robert Durst

A look at the murder trial of the rich, powerful, eccentric and arrogant millionaire cross-dresser Robert Durst. A fugitive for a time, he was only caught because he tried to steal a sandwich instead of paying for it.

Carnival of death: The barbaric history of lynching in America

An examination of this brutal form of mob justice, in which angry citizens assume the role of judge, jury and executioner.

Courtroom paramours: love & dockets

Defendants crossed and double crossed by former lovers in court.

Slideshow: Acquitted?!

A look at some shocking acquittals that took everyone, except maybe the jury, by complete surprise.

Does it ever make sense to defend oneself in court?

Since 1975, Americans have had right to represent oneself in court. To do it, you just have to be deemed competent by the trial judge. But it is a good idea? We look at the most famous self-defense cases and the results. Before you do it, read this.

Trial begins for OC cops who beat homeless man to death on camera

In July 2011, Fullerton Police responding to a routine call ended up in a deady altercation with 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man. Thomas’ beating death was caught on camera, fueling national outrage. The trial of two police officers accused in the death began yesterday. In a Santa Ana courtroom, an eight-woman four man [...]

Prosecutor in Meredith Kercher murder asks 30 years for Knox, 26 for Sollecito

As the sensational trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito continues, we take look back at the murder of Meredith Kercher, a young English woman studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, who was found raped murdered in her room.

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