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Top 10 Crime Polls in 2010

A look back at the most popular crime polls in 2010.


Every week visitors to the site have an opportunity to voice their opinions on a variety of current criminal issues. The top 10 crime polls for 2010 received the most votes. Did you get a chance to vote?

1. Should Steven Hayes Get The Death Penalty?

Steven Hayes
Mug Shot

After a Connecticut jury found Steven Hayes guilty of capital murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and burglary in one of the year's most horrific home invasion cases, we asked voters if Hayes should get the death penalty. Ultimately the jury voted for Hayes to be put to death. See how this compares to the poll results.

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Background: A Deadly Home Invasion in Connecticut

2. Are 'Invasion of Privacy' Charges Enough?

Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei
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In a particularly sad case, Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers freshman, jumped from the George Washington Bridge to his death three days after his roommate and another student secretly transmitted a live video onto the internet of him having sex with another man.

The two students, Dharun Ravi, 18, and Molly Wei, 18, were charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy.

We asked our readers if the 'Invasion of Privacy' charges were enough or should the charges have been more severe.

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3. Bait Cars - Crime Deterrent or Entrapment?

Bait Car

In an effort to reduce auto theft, many police departments utilize decoy cars, or bait cars, which are equipped with cameras and tracking equipment. The program is supposed to deter would-be car thieves because the programs are widely publicized.

But should this practice be legal? We wanted voters to tell us if they felt this practice was a deterrent to crime or entrapment.

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See also: Voter's Comments


4. Chelsea's Law

Chelsea King
Family Photo

The parents of a 17-year-old who was abducted by a convicted sex offender while jogging in a California park launched a campaign to pass a law aimed at sexual predators. Chelsea's Law called for lifetime electronic monitoring for all sex offenders.

We asked out voters if they thought sex offenders should be electronically monitored for life or was this too extreme?

On Sept. 9, 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Chelsea’s Law. Did Schwarzenegger agree with our voters?

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Read more: Chelsea's Law Aimed at Sex Offenders

Background: The Crimes of John Albert Gardner III

5. Grandmother Arrested - Was Justice Served?

Woman in Handcuffs

We wanted to know how our reader's felt about the arrest of a 73-year-old Florida grandmother who slapped her 18-year old granddaughter during an arguement after the girl swore at her, including dropping some F-bombs at her. Did the police make the right call? What do you think the response was?

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See also: Voter's Comments

6. Van der Sloot's Legal Advice

Joran Van der Sloot
Police Mug Shot

In June 2010, Joran Van der Sloot confessed to killing a 21-year-old Peruvian woman, Stephany Flores, but then under legal advice, retracted his confession and refused to discuss the details with the judge assigned to the case.

That might work in some countries, but in Peru when a suspects is cooperative and confesses it can greatly reduce their prison sentence. And if the opposite occurs then the sentence is generally greater.

We wanted to know if voters thought Van der Sloot's attorney was giving him good legal advice.

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Background: The Crimes of Joran Van der Sloot

7. Suicide Attempt Delays Killer's Execution

Brandon Rhode

The Georgia Supreme Court postponed the execution of Brandon Joseph Rhode, 31, after he attempted suicide within hours before he was scheduled to be executed.

Rhode was convicted of killing Steven Moss, 37, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin during a botched burglary of the Moss home.

We wanted to know how people felt about death row inmates being rewarded for attempting suicide at the last minute by delaying their execution. See if you agree with the majority of voters.

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Related: Death Row Inmates - Past and Current

8. Should Taxpayers Pay for Anthony's Defense?

Caylee Anthony
Family Photo

The family of Casey Anthony raised over $300,000 to pay for her defense lawyers, but when the money was gone and the case hadn't even gone to trial her lawyers requested that taxpayers pick up the rest of the bill for her defense.

We asked voters how they felt about taxpayers picking up her legal fees. Later the judge in the case made his decision about it. See if he agreed with our voters.

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Read more: Casey Anthony Wants State to Pay Legal Fees

Background: The Caylee Marie Anthony Case

9. Accused 'Craigslist Killer' Commits Suicide

Philip Markoff
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Former medical student, Philip Markoff, who was accused of being the "Craigslist Killer," committed suicide in his jail cell before his case when to trial.

Some felt he did it because he felt guilty. Others believe he did it because he was depressed. We asked our readers what they thought motivated Markoff to kill himself.

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Background: The Craigslist Killer

10. A Dead Victim's Statement


A Michigan rape case against 18-year-old Joe Tarnopolski was dismissed after the 14-year-old girl that accused him committed suicide just days before the trial. The victim gave a statement to the court before her suicide, but prosecutor's said that it would be viewed as hearsay.

We wondered how our readers felt about that decision.  Should a victim's statement to a court be considered hearsay if they die before the case goes to trial?

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Related: Crime Victims' Rights by State

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