Interesting column about homicide trials in urban areas

Lawrence Harmon of the Boston Globe wrote an interesting column on the difference between urban and suburban homicide trials.

From “Silence in the courtroom” March 6, 2011.

“HOMICIDES COME in two basic flavors: urban and suburban. The latter is epitomized by the discovery at home of a dead family member, lots of physical evidence, and another family member “in the wind,’’ as police refer to runaway suspects. The urban variety is epitomized by the 2007 murder of 18-year-old Dwayne Graham, felled with a gaping bullet hole in his head on the floor of a crowded bus in the heart of Dorchester. There were few cooperative witnesses and no obvious suspect.”

To see the entire column, click here.

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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