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Category Archives: Violent Crime


What Is The Penalty For Using Brass Knuckles In New Jersey?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The first brass knuckles date back to Roman times, and historians believe they evolved from something called a “caestus.” This weapon was popular among gladiators, and it took the form of a hand guard made from leather and metal. Brass knuckles later appeared during the American Civil War, and some US soldiers were even… Read More »


Can You Go To Jail For Kicking Someone’s Car In Rockland County?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Road rage is a common issue for many motorists in New York, and traffic can easily push you over the edge. After getting out of your vehicle to shout at another driver, you might be tempted to kick or strike their car. Could you go to jail for this type of behavior? Does this… Read More »


A Discussion of Views on the Death Penalty Surrounding the Pittsburgh Shooting

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In the wake of the terrible tragedy that occurred at the Pittsburgh synagogue in late October and resulted in the death of 11 people, federal and state prosecutors are preparing to move forward with capital murder charges against the suspect connected with the incident, Robert Bowers. Bowers was charged in a 44-count indictment that… Read More »

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Can PTSD Lead To Violent Criminal Behavior?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

We’ve previously addressed the link between brain trauma and violent, criminal behavior: It is an increasingly important topic in the field of criminal defense, as more and more research demonstrates that brain trauma can influence behavior and even lead to people committing crimes, in some circumstances. This is especially important when it comes to… Read More »


New Study Explores Link Between Criminal Behavior & Brain Trauma

By Phillip J. Murphy |

A new study out of Vanderbilt University and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences sheds light on the link between violent crimes and brain trauma. The study specifically focused on people with brain tumors, brain bleeding, and/or a stroke and linking this to a sudden change in their behavior, late… Read More »


“Psychiatrists Can’t Stop Mass Killers”

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The violent crimes recently committed in Las Vegas have, once again, opened up a debate on what can be done to prevent these senseless massacres. Many politicians and a large segment of the population believe that it comes down to deficient mental health care. However, a recent New York Times article highlights the fact… Read More »

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