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Two articles: double jeopardy law and using motive, opportunity and means in a story

Posted by Writing PIs on December 6, 2011

Today at Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes, we’re talking on two different sites about a couple of topics legal professionals, investigators and writers might find of interest: double jeopardy law and using motive, opportunity and means in stories. Links below:

Burglary, Assault and Double Jeopardy Law

…Fuentes had entered a home with the intent to assault someone and ended up assaulting two people. At trial, the prosecutor convinced the judge and the jury that entering a home with the intent to commit the crime of assault against two people (burglary is breaking into a home with the intent to commit a crime) was actually two different burglaries. Therefore, Fuentes was convicted of two counts of first degree burglary in Pueblo County District Court.  However, the Colorado Supreme Court disagreed,

When Writing a Whodunit, Think of Dear ol’ MOM (Motive, Opportunity and Means)

In U.S. criminal law, MOM encapsulates three sides of a crime necessary to convince a jury of guilt in a criminal proceeding. Did the defendant have a motive to commit the crime? Did the defendant have an opportunity, or chance, to accomplish the deed? Did the defendant also have the ability (means)? Let’s look at some ways a fictional sleuth might use MOM in a story…

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