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Meridian persists as epicenter on rights of defendants

Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:13 am

Thousands of times every day police officers, lawyers and judges ponder what “probable cause” means. The reason, in large measure, traces to Meridian.

There, as Christmas approached in 1965, a horrible crime was committed. An older woman, alone in her home, was attacked by an intruder who came in through a window. The victim knew the race of her attacker — black — and nothing else. He did leave fingerprints on the window, however.

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