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Police Are Losing Battle Against Texting While Driving

Distracted-driving fatalities continue to climb, but police say texting while driving is trending upward–even though motorists are well aware of the danger. “It’s everyone, kids, older people — everyone,” says a Massachusetts cop. “When I stop someone, they say, ‘You’re right. I know it’s dangerous, but I heard my phone go off and I had to look at it.'”

Robin Barton

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The Fugitive (both the TV show and movie) is said to be loosely based on the real life case of Dr. Sam Sheppard, who was convicted of murdering his wife in 1954. Both fictional versions focused on the convicted doctor as he went on the lam in pursuit of the real killer. But in the actual case, Sheppard’s attorneys were able to get his conviction overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court by arguing that the carnival atmosphere at the trial created by the news media interfered with the defendant’s right to a fair trial. The Supreme Court’s decision noted that the courtroom in the original case was jam-packed with reporters, whose movements in and out often caused so much confusion that it was hard to hear witnesses and counsel. In addition, the trial judge didn’t take precautions to insulate the jurors from the publicity as well as from reporters and photographers.