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SC Treasurer Sounds Alarm About State Investments
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

He says the legislature doesn't need to pass any new laws regarding the state's investments; the current laws just need to be enforced. So who enforces those laws? "In some cases it's the treasurer; some cases the Budget and Control Board; ...more »

DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Police strike threatens Rio carnival crime wave
ReutersFebruary 10, 2012

"There can be no amnesty for illegal acts, crimes against property, crimes against people, crimes against public order," Rousseff said on Thursday during a visit to Bahia's neighboring state of Pernambuco. Such an amnesty, she added, would create "a ...more »

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Misdemeanor charges against All That Glitters employee are dropped
San Luis Obispo TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

By Nick Wilson | Two charges against a San Luis Obispo jewelry store sales associate have been dropped, according to his lawyer. Misdemeanor charges of failing to possess a secondhand dealer's business license were dismissed ...more »

Criminal Defense
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PA Supreme Court lifts the emergency stay on Horner murder trial
WJAC JohnstownFebruary 2, 2012

Authorities said Horner robbed the Subway on 58th Street in Altoona in April 2009, when he shot and killed a 19-year-old employee, injured another worker and fatally shot a 64-year-old bystander as he fled the crime scene. Horner's defense attorney...more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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New Orleans police searching for man eyed in threats and attempted abduction ...
NOLA.comFebruary 1, 2012

Bryant Harris, is on parole for domestic violence, stemming from a January 2011 incident in which he choked the mother's child until she lost consciousness. After he was released from a short jail stint, Harris soon violated a protection order against ...more »

Police Brutality
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Judge doesn't fault Westerly police for man's death
WRNIFebruary 2, 2012

Providence attorney Mark Dana, who represents O'Loughlin's family, remains convinced it's a case of police brutality. "I don't know what facts could support this decision," Dana says. "I believe the officers struck him with their batons as they ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Stanford Financial's Davis Says Founder Conspired in Fraud
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 2, 2012

Assistant US Attorney William Stellmach asked Davis if he committed any crimes at Houston-based Stanford Financial Group. Stanford, 61, is accused of leading a $7 billion investment fraud scheme. He maintains he's not guilty of the 14 criminal counts ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Assault rifle stolen from Salinas councilwoman's house was illegal, police say
Monterey County HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

Police say they are convinced the weapon was an illegal assault rifle, but because the only evidence comes from a family photo and statements, McMillin said prosecutors don't have enough to prove possession of an illegal weapon.more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Grand jury indicts Liberty man in alleged rape of teen girl
Times Herald-RecordFebruary 4, 2012

A grand jury indicted Robert Briscoe, 40, for six counts of third-degree rape and four counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, felonies. Briscoe is also charged with six counts of second-degree criminal contempt and eight counts of endangering the ...more »

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One OC Register Sex Crime Story Produces Two Golden Nuggets!
OC Weekly (blog)February 7, 2012

7 2012 at 1:00 PM ​There is nothing funny about sexual assault, but an Orange County Register courthouse reporter named Jolly inadvertently published two memorably hilarious lines this week from the trial of an accused serial rapist.more »

Gun Charges
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Legislators revisit stricter gun laws
WLDS-WEAI NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Assault weapon could refer to any number of semi-automatic rifle, pistol or shotgun. Scott's Gun and Pawn owner Scott Hungerford says the language of the legislation is vague in what firearms it would ban. “What some call an assault rifle or an assault ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Mecklenburg County Arrests - 01.31.2012
Charlotte ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

Charged with: OBTAIN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE BY FRAUD OR FORGERY (F). Beck, Dorothy K: 1/31/2012, 1523641. 5'06", 120. Charged with: DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED. STOLEN GOODS - POSSESSION OF (MISDEMEANOR). Mcneil, Jeffrey Scott: 1/31/2012, 1523644.more »

Mexican general, 29 soldiers on trial for homicide
abc13.comFebruary 1, 2012

MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- A Mexican army general and 29 soldiers under his command in a town on the border with Texas are being tried on charges of torture, homicide, drug trafficking and other crimes, a top government official confirmed Tuesday.more »

Search & Seizure
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IT searches continue on 'Ponty' Chadha's premises
The HinduFebruary 2, 2012

The searches by Income Tax sleuths' on the premises of liquor baron 'Ponty' Chadha and his associates in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh continued for the second day on Thursday. The department's intelligence and criminal investigation unI-T has seized...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Former Guantanamo Detainee Forcibly Repatriated To Algeria By US Sentenced To ...
The Public RecordFebruary 1, 2012

The Obama administration, like the Bush administration before it, relies on diplomatic “assurances” by host countries that they will not maltreat returning prisoners. But a 2007 report by Human Rights Watch described the problems with such ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Assange in UK Supreme Court over extradition fight
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

Assange is wanted by Swedish authorities over sex crimes allegations stemming from a visit to the country in 2010. He denies any wrongdoing. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Julian Assange, the 40-year-old WikiLeaks founder, arrives at the Supreme Court ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Rising cyber crimes gives RBI jitters
Deccan ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

Cyber crimes like phishing, whaling and smishing are rising in the state,” Ernakulam cyber cell superintendent of police, Francis Perera said, adding there was a clear need to make both the public and the police aware of such crimes. “Law enforcing ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Enlisting Illegal Aliens In Our Military Is A Bad Idea!
Texas GOP VoteFebruary 9, 2012

This compromise, if passed, will be a magnet for more illegals to enter our country and for those who are already here in violation of our immigration laws to join the military. Pandering to the Hispanic voters in such a dangerous way is to overlook ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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City of Busselton police crack down on juvenile crime
Busselton Dunsborough MailFebruary 1, 2012

DUAL police operations in Busselton and Dunsborough have resulted in a crackdown on juvenile offending and drug dealing. Dunsborough Police OIC Sergeant Craig Anderson said a group of young offenders had been charged with a number of aggravated ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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OSHA reduces Ogren Construction's fines in Levoy collapse
NJ.comFebruary 3, 2012

By Jim Cook Jr./The News of Cumberland County MILLVILLE — The fine that the Ogren Construction company was required to pay the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for two violations during the Levoy Theater collapse have been ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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2 Inmates Captured After Escaping From Walker State Prison
The ChattanooganFebruary 7, 2012

He was convicted and serving a life sentence for several charges including kidnapping, forgery, armed robbery and burglary. The Department of Corrections is the fourth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising nearly ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Move Over, Police?
The Crime ReportFebruary 10, 2012

Cook noted that BIDs provide a vehicle for private citizens who want to become actively involved in protecting their property. Private sector technology also has served as an increasing deterrent against property crime, said Cook.more »


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