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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 »

'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Chief: Program cuts crime rate
The AdvocateFebruary 2, 2012

“Our crime rate is down again this year …. and we attribute DDACTS to at least part of that downward trend,” Craft said. The Police Department plans to release its 2011 statistics for overall crime — crimes against people and crimes against property...more »

Misdemeanors
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Teens in paintball shooting spree sentenced to juvenile facilities
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

In early January, Melton and Briggs each admitted the allegations in two of the counts they faced: battery with substantial bodily harm, a felony; and battery, a misdemeanor. On Tuesday, Voy rejected their attorneys' pleas for probation and committed ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Serial killer John Wayne Gacy had accomplices, lawyers say
msnbc.comFebruary 10, 2012

Criminal defense attorneys Robert Stephenson and Steven Becker, who are partners in a Chicago law practice, said they re-examined the circumstances surrounding the disappearances of some of the victims. Their conclusion: the so-called “Killer Clown” ...more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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Two men charged in theft, sale of Polk cattle
Tbo.comFebruary 1, 2012

Andres Trujillo, 37, 914 E. Paris St., Tampa, was found in the lobby of the Hillsborough County Probation and Parole Office when Polk County deputies contacted the Tampa Police Department to make the arrest. He is charged with grand theft of livestock ...more »

Police Brutality
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NY community rallies for teen shot by police
Wall Street JournalFebruary 12, 2012

"Stop police brutality," one sign reads. A large picture of Jesus hangs near another sign that reads: "I love you, Ramarley." The sign refers to the teen, Ramarley Graham. Mistakenly believing he had a gun, police chased him into his second-floor home ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Private firms give UK police forces millions of pounds to investigate crimes
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 5, 2012

A quarter of its costs were originally met by the taxpayer but it has been wholly funded by the industry body Financial Fraud Action UK since 2004. Sandra Quinn, a spokeswoman for Financial Fraud Action UK, said: "Last year they looked at more than 120 ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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1 heads to trial in Erie shooting; charges dismissed against another man
GoErie.comFebruary 2, 2012

Julian R. Mickel, 21, was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges of possessing instruments of crime, illegally discharging a firearm, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. Police said he fired gunshots at a house in the 400 block of East ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Grand jury indicts man for manslaughter in death
Delmarva NowFebruary 2, 2012

SNOW HILL -- A Worcester County grand jury has indicted Cyle Walker on charges of manslaughter and assault in connection with the death of the owner of West Ocean City's 707 Sports Bar & Grille. Walker, 26, of Ocean City, and Carey P. Flynn, 63, ...more »

Prostitution
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Will the Curley, Schultz Charges Stand? More Evidence May Be Waiting, Expert Says
State College NewsFebruary 15, 2012

But, in most cases like this, the court will allow the case to move ahead to trial, anyway, said Christopher Leibig, a Washington, DC-area criminal-defense attorney. Typically, he said on Wednesday, a judge will permit government prosecutors to ...more »

Gun Charges
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Va. Senate OKs repeal of 1-handgun-a-month law; was meant to keep guns out of ...
Washington PostFebruary 6, 2012

The Virginia Senate passed legislation Monday repealing the 1993 one-handgun-a-month law, all but ensuring the demise of a statute enacted after the state became a supplier of guns used in crimes in New York and other major East Coast cities.more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Twenty-six indicted by Grand Jury
Jackson Herald TODAYFebruary 15, 2012

•Phillip Stone Johnson, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and acts, cruelty to children and battery. •William Michael Johnson, terroristic threats and acts and aggravated assault. •Michael Douglas Kidd, armed robbery, theft by taking a motor ...more »

Chicago Crime Down Overall, Despite More Homicides In January (VIDEO)
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

But a rash of violent incidents last weekend where at least 20 people were shot highlights a sobering statistic within the overall crime data: homicides this January more than doubled the number recorded during the same month last year.more »

Search & Seizure
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SOUTH KOREA: Rising attacks on rights defenders under the National Security Act
Asian Human Rights Commission News (press release)February 10, 2012

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to strongly protest against the search and seizure of seven places including the offices of several rights group and of houses belonging to their staff by National Intelligence Service (NIS) on February 9 ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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UN human rights envoy claims witnessing of positive impact in Myanmar
Philippine StarFebruary 5, 2012

YANGON (Xinhua) - United Nations Human Rights Envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana claimed on Sunday that his six-day Myanmar mission witnessed positive impact in the country, but adding that serious challenges remain and be addressed.more »

Sex Crimes
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Registered sex offender moves to Enid
Enid News & EagleFebruary 4, 2012

ENID — Enid Police Department is notifying the community about a sex offender who has moved to Enid, as required by law. The department was notified by Oklahoma Department of Corrections that Leslie Davis has been classified as a habitual sex offender.more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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IT industry news: Advice on cyber crime 'needs to improve'
ComputeachFebruary 3, 2012

The government has been urged to make its advice about avoiding cyber crime and staying safe on the internet easier for people to understand. A new report from the Commons Science and Technology Committee said a sustained campaign to raise awareness of ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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EPA 'chemicals of concern' list stuck nearly two years in executive review
Huffington Post (blog)February 9, 2012

"The reason is political pandering," said Rena Steinzor, a law professor at the University of Maryland and president of the Center for Progressive Reform. "OIRA is a politicized place where rules go to die." OMB spokeswoman Meg Reilly said in an ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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LA judge orders Juvenile Court opened to news media
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

It does not apply to the delinquency side, which handles crimes committed by children. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times / June 6, 2005) By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times Los Angeles County Juvenile Court will be opened to media coverage regularly, ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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Gilbert teen killed while moving deer from road
MyrtleBeachOnline.comFebruary 6, 2012

The coroner's office says Corley had parked by the road and was helping move the deer when he was struck. The driver of the car was not hurt. No charges have been filed. The Highway Patrol and the coroner's office are still investigating the death.more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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3 die, 12 hurt in North Cotabato jail attack
Sun.StarFebruary 20, 2012

Samad, who was charged with kidnapping with ransom, robbery in band with double homicide and multiple murder charges, has been detained in Kidapawan City jail. He is believed to be a follower of rogue MILF commander Umbra Kato, who broke away from the ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Jones Day and Covington Recruit for London White-Collar Crime Teams
The American LawyerFebruary 8, 2012

Jones Day and Covington & Burling are bolstering their white-collar investigations practices in London, making hires from the Serious Fraud Office and Baker Botts respectively. Jones Day is bringing in Glyn Powell, who has headed up the fraud business ...more »

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