A week or so ago, "a big fan" wrote and referred me to this story out of Albany, NY.
It's an interesting read. Definitely sounds like the juicy kind of plot that doesn't come along that often. (Law & Order take note, you might have a potential plotline here.)
It seems that a woman, who was previously a man, has been arrested for killing her mother. When she was a man, she had been convicted of murder, so this is her second murder (but first as a woman). The police didn't have anything but a theory, so they brought in all of the suspects' crack-addicted friends and questioned them, all the while leaving a poster on the table which offered $150,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. The poster also had, in small letters, "This is not real, you stupid crackhead."
The article seems to focus on the use of trickery, in the form of a poster. I don't have a real problem with that. I hope that most people know (and I wish that more people knew) that the police are allowed to lie to you or trick you in whatever way they can think of, to get you to talk.
I am slightly concerned that they thought they'd get anyone to talk to them after using the words "you stupid crackhead." I would hope that most of their witnesses would say, "Hey, I was going to tell you what I knew, but not after you insult me like that." But I guess it didn't stop someone from talking, so who am I to second judge?
More than that, I'm concerned that the police are making an arrest where they don't have any evidence besides the word of one of these "stupid crackheads." It seems a lot like the problem of the jailhouse snitch to me.
Finally, I'm most concerned with this:
Last week, Thompson was released on $100,000 bail after having spent the last seven months in Albany County jail. A grand jury has not reviewed any evidence in the case.7 Months? They can hold someone for 7 months without an indictment? Knowing that you can indict a ham sandwich, they couldn't throw this case into the grand jury? Maybe someone who has practiced up in this area can shed some light, but that seems like an awfully long time to hold someone without an indictment. The only possibility I can think of is that her attorney waived her speedy trial rights in exchange for... her release on bail possibly?