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History by Scott Grabel Criminal law encompasses a body of rules that define unacceptable conduct that threatens, harms, or endangers the safety and welfare of the public. Criminal law also imposes punishment on people who do not obey these laws.
The United States has a dark history involving some of the most heinous criminal cases in the world. Some of these criminal cases involved people who gained public notoriety for their unscrupulous acts. In fact, some gained notoriety and became public icons, whereby many have idolized their transgressions for terrorizing innocent individuals.
One of the most notorious criminal law cases came in Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Witchcraft Trials involved the public execution of 19 men and women by hanging at the gallows.
One man was crushed under the weight of heavy stones. Hundreds of others faced countless trials until the hysteria subsided throughout Puritan Massachusetts. This does not mark the only tragic event in U.
Successful assassination attempts have sparked public uproar, especially in the criminal justice system. Nobody should ever forget about the tragic assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth; however, many have forgotten about the four convicted conspirators that faced trial for his assassination.
Unfortunately, John Wilkes Booth was not the only crazed gunmen in our nation's history to take down one of our leaders. In addition, John Hinckley attempted to assassinate former U. Hinckley's insanity plea brought national attention, including several attempts for handgun legislation.
Lastly, James Earl Ray was the man who shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis, Tennessee. Ray escaped from prison while serving for King's assassination. He was located and arrested. To this day, the public media has given praise to these fallen leaders and the criminal justice system that put their killers behind bars.
John Hinckley, the lone gunman who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, prompted attempts by the courts to pass handgun legislation.
Four other conspirators were convicted in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The criminal justice system faced some of the hardest criminal cases involving Mafioso members, especially during the Prohibition Era. InJoseph Adonis formed the Seven Group, an elite squad of underworld mobsters, to control the alcohol trade during the height of Prohibition.
Adonis accepted deportation back to Milan, Italy after the federal government sought indictment of perjury charges concerning his citizenship. In addition, Albert Anastasia committed violent and victimless acts in the underworld of drug trade, gambling, and prostitution.
Anastasia appeared before the United States Crime Investigating Committee and plead innocent in regards to these allegations before he was assassinated.
Organized crime did not confine itself to the northeastern half of the United States. Al Capone, probably one of the most famous criminals in United States history, assisted in leading Chicago's underworld alcohol trade before expanding into gambling, prostitution, and saloons.
Capone terrorized Chicago with violence, murder, and mayhem. He served 8 years in a federal penitentiary before dying from syphilis and other causes.
Dillinger was noted for carving a wooden pistol and then turning it on his jailer for a historical escape. He was waiting for trial at Crown Point Prison. The criminal justice system figured out that deportation would not stop Mafioso members from continuing their organized crime enterprise.
In fact, they planned to bring it to other countries. During the s, Luciano ran a New York City prostitution and drug trafficking ring.In this case, John Hirst brought a case to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that to deny him the right to vote was a breach of his human rights, specifically under Article 3, Protocol 1 of the European Convention of Human Rights.
In addition to obtaining a Quebec law degree and a Certificate of Qualification in common law, he pursued undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Montréal, and graduate studies in international politics at the prestigious Université de la Sorbonne (Paris, France).
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