Criminal Defense News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in February, 2012

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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Another new deputy intro to Snohomish
Snohomish TimesFebruary 6, 2012

His investigative assignments have included Property Crimes, Crimes Against Children, and Major Crimes. During his last five years in the Major Crimes Unit, Sgt. Heitzman was a member of the Cold Case Team. He has collateral duties as a member of the ...more »

Misdemeanors
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Czech Romani activist debates central misdemeanor registry, prosecution of ...
Romano Vod'iFebruary 3, 2012

From the perspective of a lawyer and from the perspective of the state administration, it is certainly good to have a central registry of misdemeanors," said lawyer Klára Slámová. "However, the main thing is that those who need to commit crimes will ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Board keeps low profile in wake of SPCA allegations
Buffalo NewsFebruary 5, 2012

But the people who put him there — the SPCA's board of directors — have largely remained low-profile, communicating through brief statements, a spokesman and a criminal defense attorney. The group—a who's who of well-known Niagara Falls and Niagara ...more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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Victoria police and sheriff's blotter
Victoria AdvocateFebruary 2, 2012

VICTORIA - Sonya Andrea Luckey, 39, of Victoria, by deputies Tuesday on a warrant charging her with felony violation of probation in a possession of a controlled substance case. • VICTORIA - Jose Alberto Diaz, 23, of Victoria, by deputies Tuesday on a ...more »

Police Brutality
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Weak alibi, shoddy police work cited as murder trial begins
San Antonio ExpressFebruary 2, 2012

By Craig Kapitan Jon Thomas Ford appeared distraught, occasionally crying, as he told a detective three years ago that he didn't know why anybody would target his ex-girlfriend, found brutally murdered in her home just outside Alamo Heights two days ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Former Crisp and Cole Agent Sentenced To 27 Months In Prison For Mortgage ...
Mortgage DailyFebruary 1, 2012

Mortgage fraud is a priority area for the President's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. The task force includes representatives from a broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local law ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Court rules SF cops' search of car illegal
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

In a 2-1 ruling, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge's decision to exclude the gun as evidence against the car's owner, Ronnie Biddle, charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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HC Grand Jury indicts 3 in roofing scam
Times-GeorgianFebruary 4, 2012

by From Staff Reports Three men have been indicted by the Haralson County Grand Jury as a result of a joint investigation between State Insurance Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens and Haralson County Sheriff Eddie Mixon with the cooperation of Tallapoosa ...more »

Prostitution
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Davis Polk Welcomes Senior Federal Prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, to Its White ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's White Collar Group has consistently been ranked in the 1st tier among New York law firms in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Chambers USA. The firm represents corporations and individuals from around the world in ...more »

Gun Charges
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Groups to Boycott Starbucks Over Stances on Gay Rights, Guns
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

By John McKay Some religious and political groups are urging Starbucks customers to grab their morning coffee elsewhere in light of the company's stance on gay marriage and its policy on guns. "Christians are upset with Starbucks for turning against ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Arrest Logs
Hesperia StarFebruary 1, 2012

Reyes Marquez was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft. Latonia Burks was arrested on suspicion of hit and run. John Ochoa was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery. Salvador Buenrostro was arrested on suspicion of assault.more »

Pictures of double homicide victims
KTVQ Billings NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The two sisters were victims of a double homicide in Billings early Friday morning. In the picture of the two women together, Rose is on the left and Daisy is on the right. BILLINGS - A Billings man accused of brutally murdering two sisters last week, ...more »

Search & Seizure
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Guns And Drugs Seized In Police Raids
13WHAM-TVFebruary 6, 2012

On February 3, police in Rochester executed a search warrant on a house on Mayflower Street and seized more than $10000 worth of heroin and cocaine, three stolen handguns, an AK-47 and more than $2000 in cash. Arrested at the house was Michel Fornaris, ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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So Awkward! El DeBarge Mad Dr. Conrad Murray Is His Jailmate?
News OneFebruary 6, 2012

Reportedly, both James and Murray have been placed in Administrative Segregation, the place where famous inmates are housed to keep them from associating with the general prison population. James, who was only recently seen on “Dr. Drew's Life ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Sex crime leads to jail sentence
Idaho Mountain Express and GuideFebruary 1, 2012

Sentence was pronounced Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court for Gustavo Delacruz Saldana for the crime of "sexual battery of a minor child 16 or 17 years of age," a recently enacted Idaho law that requires that a perpetrator be at least five ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Baltimore police told not to stop people taking photos or video of their actions
Baltimore SunFebruary 11, 2012

The new rules essentially repeat a policy that has long been the norm, department commanders say, but has been difficult to enforce without written guidelines. The release of the general order comes after a series of confrontations between the ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Petition Seeks International Investigation of Canada's Farmed Fish Operations ...
Center for Biological Diversity (press release)February 7, 2012

“We continue to explore, identify and act upon whatever means possible to rid our traditional territories of open net cage fish farms.” “The Canadian government's disregard for wild salmon stocks in pandering to multinational salmon farming ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Millions in court fees go unpaid in Yakima County
KIMA CBS 29February 15, 2012

These boxes in the clerk's office are filled with cases. Each year, the court handles about 18-hundred juvenile crimes. "Right now, today we do not have a way to bill monthly juvenile offenders," said Yakima County Clerk Kim Eaton.more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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'CALM'-ly Moving Ahead
TV TechnologyFebruary 1, 2012

The act gave the FCC one year to develop the regulations and methods of determining violations and enforcement procedures. A year later, on Dec. 13, 2011, the commission released its Report and Order adopting the rules and regulations associated with ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Beaumont felon gets prison time for using gun in suicide attempt
Beaumont EnterpriseFebruary 1, 2012

Williams was found guilty of felony theft in 1993, kidnapping in 1996, forgery in 1996 and felony theft in 1996, all in Tarrant County, according to the news release. In September 2010, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice parole officer learned that ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Help the young, stop the crimes
The Seattle TimesFebruary 9, 2012

(February 8, 2012, by jeff98058) MORE Few things a community deals with strike the gut quite as hard as crime. I don't mean white-collar crime, but street crime, physically violent crime. Southeast Seattle has had more than usual recently, ...more »

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