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Man charged with felonies allegedly committed in State House

The cause of criminal law enforcement has been enhanced considerably in recent years by the expansion of video coverage to a wide expanse of locations not covered in the past. Many perpetrators have been surprised to find that the secretive crimes they committed were actually done under the light of a camera lens. That factor appears to be important in the recent arrest of a man for the alleged felonies of burglary and criminal mischief at the New Hampshire State House on July 16.

The increased surveillance has created a paradigmatic change in the investigation of crime. Nonetheless, law enforcement officials are still bound to corroborating the evidence and proving that the person depicted is indeed the person who has been arrested. That is generally done by other circumstantial proof, such as proof that the individual has no alibi for his or her whereabouts on the indicated date and time.

Substantiation may also come from witnesses and people who know the perpetrator and recognize him from the published photos. In the reported arrest, it may be notable that the man was arrested by authorities in Florida. Police say that he may have family in both Florida and New Hampshire, thus explaining how he came to be in the Sunshine State some 10 days after the alleged crime.

The man is seen walking in the hallways of the State House building at the time of the crimes. He is accused of attempting to break into an ATM machine and of trying to remove two historic portraits from the third floor. The portraits were damaged, but authorities said they could be fixed. Defense counsel in a case like this must determine whether the images are of the defendant.

If the photos are accurate, New Hampshire authorities must still prove that the defendant committed the alleged felonies. Thus, the defense may assert that he was there, but there is no proof that he did anything illegal in that he was found with no contraband and the photos merely depict him walking. Further, no property was taken in the process of the attempted crimes.

Source: unionleader.com, "Florida man arrested in State House burglary", Dave Solomon, July 29, 2016

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