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

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$1m missing from real estate agency
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Authorities are investigating after a NSW real estate agency admitted more than $1 million was missing from its books. NSW Fair Trading has appointed auditor Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to manage Dougmal Harcourts Warilla after discrepancies totalling ...more »

Cuts to foreclosure-prevention aid fought
Ithaca JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The agency, which oversees lending in the state, will review New York's laws governing foreclosure, he said. New York has appropriated $26 million in state funds and $21 million in federal stimulus money since the 2008-09 fiscal year for housing ...more »

Criminal Defense News and Stories

Crimes Against Property
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Crime rate rises in Bendigo
Bendigo AdvertiserFebruary 28, 2012

VICTORIA Police statistics released today show an increase in crime for the Bendigo region with a 35 per cent rise in assaults. Crimes against the person and property have both jumped in the January-December 2011 period. Bendigo Police Inspector Mark ...more »

Misdemeanors
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Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Sandra Doorley want bigger DNA databank
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleFebruary 2, 2012

But talk of an expansion of the databank raises questions of the cost to taxpayers, and to society, said criminal defense lawyer Martin McCarthy, who is concerned that the proposal is too broad. "Why not include everybody, period," said McCarthy, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Client Acquitted of DUI Charges, Represented by Florida DUI Defense Attorneys...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

DUI and criminal defense attorney Darren Finebloom combines extensive trial experience with a personal commitment to protecting his clients' rights. He received his Bachelors Degree in Criminology from Florida State University and attended ...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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Sofia Court Orders Re-Arrest of Suspect under EAW
Novinite.comFebruary 1, 2012

The presence of police brutality during Klenovski's arrest has not been cleared conclusively. File photo Stefan Klenovski, who was placed under house arrest Tuesday, has been re-arrested, according to his father, Ivan Klenovski.more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Foreclosure Fraud: Scoring the Deal, Continuing the Fight
Huffington Post (blog)February 9, 2012

The agreement trades away the leverage that investigators gained by essentially catching bankers dead-to-rights as they broke laws on a mass scale through robo-signing. That means they can't use that leverage to "sweat" more information out of the ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Newfield resident, a former Vineland cop, pleads guilty to weapons charges
Gloucester County Times - NJ.comFebruary 3, 2012

By Gloucester County Times WOODBURY — Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that a Gloucester County man has pleaded guilty to possession of assault rifles and illegal ammunition magazines which were seized when the New Jersey State Police ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Fla. bomb suspect indicted by grand jury
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 2, 2012

Federal prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted a Pinellas Park man on charges of attempting to use weapons of mass destruction in connection with an alleged militant Islamic plot. The US Attorney's Office announced 25-year-old Sami Osmakac's ...more »

Prostitution
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Allen Stanford Taking Stand Seen as Risk to Fraud Trial Defense
BusinessWeekFebruary 21, 2012

21 (Bloomberg) -- A decision by R. Allen Stanford to testify at his investor fraud trial may focus juror attention on his credibility without helping him win acquittal, three white- collar criminal defense lawyers said. Jurors in federal court in ...more »

Gun Charges
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Will state disarm the city on gun law
Philadelphia Daily NewsFebruary 2, 2012

BY DANA DiFILIPPO FOUR YEARS AGO, City Council passed a law requiring gun owners whose firearms were lost or stolen to report the missing weapons to police within 24 hours or face fines of up to $2000 and 90 days in jail. The idea was to thwart "straw ...more »

Search & Seizure
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Feds arrest alleged leader of massive Metro Detroit drug ring
The Detroit NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The case against Powell is outlined in search warrant records and a Justice Department forfeiture complaint filed in federal court. Besides the cash and drugs, the feds have seized a fleet of expensive boats and vehicles, including two Bentleys and a ...more »

Saginaw homicide victim Cassandra Nelson, found dead Thursday, was a caring ...
The Saginaw News - MLive.comFebruary 4, 2012

By Brad Devereaux SAGINAW - Those who loved Cassandra Nelson said she was trusting, caring and was on her way to better things in her life that wasn't free of tough times. Because of the circumstances of her death, friends and members of her family did ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Level 3 sex offenders register to live in Tacoma
Bellingham HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

Each is categorized as a Level 3 sex offender – those considered most likely to commit similar crimes. None is wanted by law enforcement officers at this time. All convicted sex offenders registered to live in Tacoma and Pierce County are listed on the ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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DSI backs bid for prison phonetaps
Bangkok PostFebruary 4, 2012

The Department of Special Investigation has seconded a government proposal to tap the phones of prison inmates suspected of dealing drugs from behind bars. The proposal was floated by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, although he said the legal ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Why A Case Testing The Theory That Porn Cannot Be Covered By Copyright Could ...
TechdirtFebruary 8, 2012

Plaintiff is informed and believes, and thereon alleges that to create the work, Hard Drive and its agents and/or its employees violated laws which prohibited pimping, pandering, solicitation and prostitution, including any claims of conspiracy.more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk may stop ACTA
Examiner.comFebruary 3, 2012

However, most experts agree that ACTA could be far worse for people who regularly use the Internet. According to David Meyer of ZDNet UK, "The chances of [ACTA] becoming law in Europe dwindled suddenly on Friday, after Polish prime minister Donald Tusk ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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University Police monitor East Campus traffic, tickets typically for those 20 ...
Red and BlackFebruary 9, 2012

“If it's a moving violation you will get points on your license, you're going to get a fine and your insurance company can find out about it,” he said. “It goes on your driver history.” The University police traffic unit consists of one sergeant and ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Lakeshore High shooting plot case concludes with teen's plea to reduced charge
NOLA.comFebruary 3, 2012

The teenager pleaded true, the juvenile court version of guilty, to conspiracy to commit terrorizing. The plea was taken in a closed-door juvenile hearing Friday morning. He was the last of the trio to acknowledge his role in the plot.more »

White Collar Crime
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Payday Loan Scam Victims Threatened With Legal Action, Violence
WISC MadisonFebruary 24, 2012

The Internet Crime Complaint Center has received many complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams, said the Rock County Sheriff's Office. The ICC is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Bogus Insurance Claims Help Spaniards Weather Tough Economic Times
Insurance JournalFebruary 10, 2012

Sloppily forged monthly passes are cropping up on Madrid buses. Once upstanding citizens are taking part in Internet swindles that seek fees for non-existing services or products. In one case, police say, a man faked his own kidnapping in a botched ...more »

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