Family sticks together, right? When there is a disagreement or someone is in need of help, the philosophy is quite simple. Family exists to help each other get through the bad times and the good. In the case of a set of twin brothers, however, there seems to be limit in regards to how far one will go to help the other out.
In recent years, there has been increased attention placed on sex crimes, specifically prostitution and sex trafficking. In fact, the FBI recently established an initiative that was named Operation Cross Country VII. The operation was put together with the goal of targeting those that were suspected of participating in these sex offenses.
For the most part, lawmakers as well as the general public are extremely tough on sex offenders, particularly those whose supposed offenses involved children. Some might be surprised, therefore, to learn that the state did not adopt a legislative proposal called Jessica's Law.
DNA. The term probably brings to mind TV dramas wherein detectives connect crime scene evidence to a criminal suspect. Reality isn't too far from that, though the reality is that there is a real person, someone with rights, behind the label of "criminal suspect," not an obviously creepy fictional character.
In the past we shared a post about controversy regarding rape kits in Colorado and how they are not all tested. Debate about the lack of testing continues, with House Rep. Frank McNulty pushing a bill that would require that all kits be sent to labs for testing.
A Colorado Court of Appeals recently ruled that prosecutors wrongfully withheld the accuser's history of making false allegations in a trial that ultimately led to the conviction of a youth counselor for sexual assault. It appears that evidence was available that the accuser in question, who was 17-years old at the time, had previously also made a false accusation of sexual assault.
Laws evolve over time. It is important because time changes so much in the world. Different times call for different measures. Lawmakers learn from experience, too, and make legislative changes as a result of finding rules or processes that don't work.
Certain jobs come with particular legal boundaries. Doctors are legally bound to keep patient information private, for example. A current Colorado Springs sex crime case addresses another responsibility held by doctors.
The internet has opened up easy avenues for children and adults to communicate. Sex crimes including child pornography, child prostitution and statutory rape are negative consequences of the technological revolution.
A recent journalistic investigation into Colorado's handling of sex crimes evidence has some in the state upset and calling for change. The news report indicates that though officials collect rape kits from supposed Colorado sex offense victims, those kits are not being used for anything.