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U.S. Violence Rates Flat Last Year, Victim Survey Says

The annual National Crime Victimization Survey, which asks a sample of respondents if they or family members have been victims of a crime, is considered a more comprehensive indicator than the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which has shown rises in violent crime. It doesn’t include homicides.


Cops On the Witness Stand: Are They Credible ‘Experts’?

Police officers are now asked to testify in court on complex questions ranging from gambling and prostitution to narcotics. But presumptions about police competence can be “deeply distorted,” and can lend themselves to conflicts of interest, Columbia Law School Academic Fellow Anna Lvovsky argues in a forthcoming Harvard Law Review article.