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

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Ex-cop, four others guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

They also were partners in real-estate deals and their business relationship continued after Lewellen resigned in 2003. Prosecutors alleged they were partners in crime, too. But defense attorneys argued there wasn't any evidence implicating Lewellen in ...more »

Open government experts to host Amarillo seminars
Amarillo.comFebruary 1, 2012

“We think it's a good opportunity; we haven't been to Amarillo in several years,” said Keith Elkins, executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, a nonprofit organization that focuses on First Amendment issues.more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Striking police vacate protest site in Brazilian city
ReutersFebruary 9, 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 »

Misdemeanors
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Bus driver's lawyer blames agency for woman's death
KGO-TVFebruary 9, 2012

Wallace Loggins, 36, was charged last month with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in connection with the death of 23-year-old Emily Dunn, who was struck while walking in a crosswalk at 18th and Hartford streets on Aug. 19. He has pleaded not guilty.more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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Parole absconder wanted in McDonald's attack on loose in Macomb County
Royal Oak Daily TribuneFebruary 3, 2012

He has several probation violations on his record and was listed as an absconder from the Mount Clemens parole office in November of 2011. Records show he is a 6-foot-tall white male with a shaved bald head, reddish brown mustache and goatee, ...more »

Police Brutality
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Mexico's Ciudad Juarez police fear more bloodshed
MinnPost.comFebruary 3, 2012

Since Monday, an estimated 2000 police officers have been spending their off-duty hours in hiding in a series of hotels and safe houses in and around the troubled border city in an attempt to keep from becoming the latest victims in Mexico's brutal...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Public Safety Notes
Fairfaxtimes.comFebruary 3, 2012

As the scams change from year-to-year, police say they are aware of particular details and want to help raise public awareness as well. To learn more about financial crimes and scams or to report a crime, visit the Financial Crime Online Reporting site ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Rhino poachers get 25 years each
News24February 1, 2012

Aselmo Baloyi, Jawaki Nkuna and Ismael Baloy were also found guilty of possessing an illegal firearm (an automatic rifle), possession of a firearm (a hunting rifle) and possession of ammunition. They were caught with two freshly chopped rhino horns, ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Grand jury indicts Burns on nine counts
KeepMEcurrent.comFebruary 9, 2012

David Burns, former state representative and Alfred Selectman, was indicted Wednesday by a York County Grand Jury on nine counts relating to his handling of public campaign money during his 2010 run for the State House. File photo Posted: Wednesday, ...more »

Prostitution
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Some Who Decline an Optional Iris Photo Are Kept Longer in Jail, Critics Say
New York TimesFebruary 13, 2012

29 arraignment of Kevin Jones, 57, on charges of obstructing governmental administration, Judge Abraham Clott, of Manhattan Criminal Court, twice told Mr. Jones's lawyer that the iris photographs were compulsory. Concern over the program has taken ...more »

Gun Charges
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House, Senate advance bills ending monthly gun cap
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

A law Virginia passed a generation ago to end the states' reputation as a haven for gun runners is on the verge of being repealed. On a largely party-line vote, the House passed Wednesday with a 66-32 vote the measure to end the law that limits handgun...more »

Search & Seizure
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Board Considers Use of Dogs To Search For Drugs At Schools
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

Newark Unified School District policy regarding search and seizure would allow the use of K-9s and metal detectors at schools. By Nika Megino K-9 Officer Britain Jackman watches as his K-9 partner Eliot detects marijuana stuffed inside of a purse ...more »

Homicide at low for state since 1975
Albany Times UnionFebruary 1, 2012

AP ALBANY — The number of homicides in New York dropped last year to the lowest level in decades to roughly 750, or about one-third of the killings in 1990, the deadliest year on record, officials said Monday. Sean Byrne, the state's acting criminal ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Sexual assault reporting emerges as national issue
Montana KaiminFebruary 1, 2012

By Dillon Kato EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part one of a four-part series exploring the culture, law and science surrounding sexual assaults and how they're handled at the University of Montana and nationwide. Part one evaluates why campus sex crimes have ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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JARDINE: Retired corrections officer receives disturbing call
Modesto BeeFebruary 7, 2012

A voice indicated she was receiving a prepaid call from an inmate at the Stanislaus County Jail. Alvis Rhodes, still in jail awaiting trial after a 2006 homicide, wanted to hire her. I wrote about Rhodes in September because he is among the number of ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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St. Rose of Lima Church to host 'Catholic Church & Immigration' program
Community AdvocateFebruary 7, 2012

19, from 6 to 7:30 pm Appleby, director of the Policy & Public Affairs Office, Migration & Refugee Services with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, will speak about the position of the US Catholic bishops on immigration reform, some of the myths ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Act on Acta now if you care about democracy and free speech
The Guardian (blog)February 3, 2012

Through conduits such as WikiLeaks, it became clear that the US in particular was pushing for signatories to create "three-strikes" laws that could be used to kick repeat file-sharers off the internet. The EU pushed back and this provision was removed, ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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A Day in the Life of a Police Officer
KOWBFebruary 2, 2012

In all actuality there was not a whole lot of time in Jeremiah's day to go around town and enforce traffic violations. He was called back into his investigation from earlier in the night, which took him off of the streets for a lengthy period of time ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Blotter: No indictment returned in Vivian homicide
Shreveport TimesFebruary 3, 2012

A Caddo Parish grand jury has declined to indict a 16-year-old Vivian youth on a second-degree murder charge stemming from the December shooting death of Kevin Sheppard in Vivian, a release from the Caddo District Attorney's office says.more »

White Collar Crime
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Live Blogging the 7th Annual Guggenheim Symposium at John Jay: Day 1
The Crime ReportFebruary 7, 2012

Panelists from left: Al Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University; Philip J. Cook, Professor of Economics at Duke University; Michael Males, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice; William Black, Professor of Economics and Law at the University of ...more »

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