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Violent Crimes Archives

Court skeptical of 'therapeutic' polygraph tests for parolees

The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services has apparently been using lie detector tests as on criminal defendants in what it refers to as "therapeutic polygraphy." That this has been going on for decades comes as a surprise, since in 2004 the American Psychological Association said that there is "little evidence that polygraph tests can accurately detect lies."

Are you dying to know if it's homicide or murder?

The last time you watched a crime show or a movie involving the death of one person at the hands of another, chances are the characters used the words homicide and murder interchangeably. In reality, the definitions of the two words include important distinctions.

Alleged perp of anti-Semitic threats claims brain tumor as defense

A 19 year-old suspected of calling in bomb threats to dozens of Jewish community centers in the U.S. has been arrested in Israel. The man, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, has put forward a pretty compelling defense: a brain tumor made him do it.

Protect yourself against police attempts to get false confessions

Did you know that about 12 percent of wrongful convictions stem from false confessions? As noted by the National Registry of Exonerations, that means that more than 200 people have been convicted of a crime after saying that they did something they did not actually do. And that only includes cases where the conviction is known to be wrongful.

4 myths about assault charges

Assault charges are some of the most common charges in Arizona. They can be filed in response to a number of different situations, even when no one is hurt. However, despite how common they are, there are still many misconceptions about assault charges.

Things to Consider When Reporting a Homicide in Your Home

Q: What should I do if someone is killed in my home?

In Arizona, when you cause the death of someone else, whether intentionally or unintentionally, it is considered homicide, but not all homicides are chargeable crimes. Those cases that do rise to the level of criminal homicide are serious and violent crimes that pose serious penalties for the suspect if convicted.

Violent Crime on the Rise in Arizona

What is causing the spike in violent crimes in Arizona?

Following a national trend, violent crime increased in a number of cities in Arizona in the past year according to FBI data. The bureau's annual crime report found that murder was up in 13 U.S. cities, but that property crimes fell by nearly 3 percent across the nation.

Task Force Targets Flagstaff Crime Ring

What is being done about gang-related crime in Arizona

Last month we wrote about a multi-agency task force that conducted successful crime raids in Tucson under the code name Operation Southern Star V. Similar forces were recently at work in Flagstaff after a raid spearhead by the ATF that has been described as the largest arrest operation ever to be conducted in the city. 

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