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

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Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

PBA of NYS approves contract
Albany Times Union (blog)February 1, 2012

the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the union that inherited the mantle of the law enforcement unit of Council 82, has ratified a proposed contract, 965 to 36. The union was created in part due to deep dissatisfaction with the initial ...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Crime Report: Crimes Against Women
ARL nowFebruary 1, 2012

by ARLnow.com | 6 views | February 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm | 0 Comments This week's Arlington County crime report contained several incidents of frightening crimes against women. Among them: RAPE, 01/25/12, 3000 block of Columbia Pike.more »

Misdemeanors
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City Has Highest Number of Marijuana Arrests in More Than a Decade
WNYCFebruary 1, 2012

Kelly's order plainly stated that an officer may not arrest someone for a misdemeanor in those cases. "I would say that about half of the marijuana arrest cases that I see are actually mischarged misdemeanors,” said Legal Aid lawyer Renate Lunn, “and, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer agrees to treatment
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

David Scacchetti, the suspended Hyde Park attorney facing drug charges, agreed Wednesday to seek addiction treatment. Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, will report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility.more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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Victoria AdvocateFebruary 14, 2012

... of Victoria by officers on Monday on a warrant charging him with violation of parole. • VICTORIA - David Lee Montgomery Sr., 53, of Victoria by deputies on Monday on a warrant charging him with violation of probation in a possession of a controlled ...more »

Police Brutality
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Police brutality claim still under investigation
Marietta Daily JournalFebruary 3, 2012

According to Wilson's attorney, he was stopped last June 1 by Powder Springs Police Lt. Vernon Bailey and Sgt. Keith Moore because his license plate light didn't work. Police say Wilson later resisted arrest after one of the officers said he smelled ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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NJ vending company CFO accused of $3M Pepsi fraud, faces mail fraud, money ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

NEWARK, NJ — The chief financial officer of a vending company was a key player in a conspiracy to defraud Pepsi Bottling Group of nearly $3 million over a 10-year period, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday. Joseph Belasco was indicted ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Mandatory minimum sentences draw support from Dalton McGuinty
Toronto StarFebruary 14, 2012

He called for Parliament to amend the Criminal Code to ban handguns and increase mandatory minimum sentences for all gun crimes, including a four-year minimum sentence for illegal possession of a handgun. In 2008 the minimum sentence for the indictable ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Grand jury takes no action regarding football brawl
McDuffie MirrorFebruary 1, 2012

A Hancock County grand jury decided that “no indictment be returned against anyone” involved in the Oct. 14 postgame fight between the Hancock Central and Warren County football teams. The grand jury met Jan. 25 and announced its decision at the county ...more »

Prostitution
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Brooklyn prosecutor returns to Davis Polk
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

Greg Andres, who has worked as a federal prosecutor since 1999, will join Davis Polk's litigation department and work closely with the firm's white-collar defense group, representing clients in civil and criminal cases, according to the announcement.more »

Gun Charges
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Groups to Boycott Starbucks Over Stances on Gay Rights, Guns
Patch.comFebruary 3, 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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Tracking Program Leads to Recovery of Laptop
Patch.comFebruary 9, 2012

2, 2011 at 12:01 am. By police policy, no location information is included in the blotter. 57 Horan Way / Theft of motor vehicle plates / Nov. 8, 2011, reported Feb. 1 48 School St., Roxbury / Assault and battery / Feb. 1, 6:13 pm 9 Nira Ave.more »

Driver charged with vehicular homicide four months after crash
WJAC JohnstownFebruary 1, 2012

Court documents show that 26-year-old Travis Burckhard is facing charges of vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter. Authorities said Burckhard was the behind the wheel of a Dodge Neon that crashed on a curvy stretch of Axemann Road in Spring ...more »

Search & Seizure
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Sniffing out trouble
San Ramon ExpressFebruary 3, 2012

Opponents of Pleasanton's plan to implement drug detection dogs have vowed to sue, claiming a violation of students' Fourth Amendment protection against warrantless searches and seizures, although students on school grounds don't have the same rights ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Human Rights Ministry Delegation on Visit To Jaw Prison
Bahrain News AgencyFebruary 7, 2012

The purpose of the visit was to look at the current situation of the inmates and to be assured that their rights were protected. During the visit, the delegation found the situation in Jaw prison satisfactory and that all individuals are in good health ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Once convicted of sex crime, priest returns to church
CTV.caFebruary 2, 2012

"He has done wrong, so nobody wants that back," said one woman, while another expressed surprise that the church forgave Lynch's crime. "I don't feel the same as I used to," said another parishioner. While it seems the Church is ready to forgive, ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Zuckerberg defends hacking
News24February 5, 2012

"He essentially brought the internet to a grinding halt," says D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Why Mitt Romney should open up on Mormonism
CBS NewsFebruary 6, 2012

With the help of his only legal wife and a friend named Oliver Cowdery, Joe translated the plates and published the Book of Mormon in 1830. Later that same year, Joe, his wife, his brothers (Hyrum and Samuel), and Cowdery established the "Church of ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Six charged in Park Hill murder
Morgan Hill TimesFebruary 7, 2012

Authorities say it was a gang-related crime. One of the juvenile suspects - 17-year-old Ray J. Gonzales of Hollister who was 16 when the assault occurred - was arraigned Thursday and entered a not guilty plea. The others have yet to enter pleas, ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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DWI Arrest Numbers Down Around Brazos County Except for College Station
KBTXFebruary 2, 2012

Over the past few months News 3 has reported on numerous alcohol- related traffic accidents and drunk driving arrests. So we wanted to know if there's been an increase in DWI arrests in our area. It's been a long road to recovery for Marianne Oprisko.more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Arrests made in Swain DSS investigation
Macon County NewsFebruary 9, 2012

According to the District Attorney's office, Ladybird Powell, Aubrey's great aunt, was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder, two counts of felony child abuse, kidnapping, extortion, and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.more »

White Collar Crime
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Hinckley Allen expands to Albany, NY
Hartford BusinessFebruary 6, 2012

Boston attorney Michael L. Koenig, a former Justice Department prosecutor and a leading top white-collar crime lawyer, will run the Albany office in Omni Place, 30 South Pearl St., that Hinckley Allen says is its first outside New England.more »

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