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Court of appeals rules on ship construction contract dispute
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

"in the Brazilian legal framework there is no legal rule determining that the registration of the vessel construction contract with the respective Maritime Registration Office is a requirement for the validity thereof. The effect of its registration is ...more »

'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

Criminal Defense News and Stories

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 »

Misdemeanors
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Former aide to Wisconsin governor pleads guilty
ReutersFebruary 7, 2012

Wink had been charged along with another woman, former deputy chief of staff Kelly Rindfleisch, in an investigation into allegations of illegal political fundraising. The investigation found that a private e-mail network had been set up and run out of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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John D. Barnett Is the Attorney for the Damned
OC WeeklyFebruary 2, 2012

That's not my guess, but rather the confident prediction of John D. Barnett, the veteran criminal-defense attorney for Manuel Ramos, who is facing a second-degree murder charge. While it's commonplace for defense lawyers to belittle prosecutors and ...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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Policeman admits testimony pressure
Bahamas TribuneFebruary 21, 2012

Gardiner, who is charged with manslaughter, and Constable Bowleg, who is charged with abetment, are accused of brutally beating 28-year-old Desmond Key on June 17, 2007, in a cell at the Grove Police station. Key died in hospital seven months later on ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Dallas county man convicted of mortgage fraud
KYTXFebruary 3, 2012

President Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. The task force includes representatives from a broad range of ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Owning assault gun, growing pot are immoral, court says
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 11, 2012

Possessing a semiautomatic “assault weapon” and growing marijuana are not only illegal, they're also immoral — at least according to a state appeals court. Courts don't usually act as the morals police. But the Second District Court of Appeal in Los ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Grand jury won't indict DA's office, but issues strong rebuke
Houston ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

Court records stated that earlier in the same week, the grand jury kicked three senior prosecutors out of its proceedings while they questioned Mayr. State District Judge Susan Brown, who empaneled the grand jury, then issued an order denying ...more »

Prostitution
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Criminal Defense Attorney Patricia Campi of Summit Defense Law Firm Wins ...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

By a criminal lawyer, San Jose clients are advised that California district attorneys still prosecute domestic abuse cases. In Campi's most recent domestic violence defense victory, the client, whose name is withheld to protect his reputation, ...more »

Gun Charges
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Kansas added to handgun reciprocity list
Charleston GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

Valentino said reciprocity agreements between West Virginia and other states "serve the law-abiding gun owners of both states." But he said it isn't possible to work out reciprocity agreements with all states because some states don't allow their ...more »

Search & Seizure
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IT team unearths 'large chest' at liquor baron's mall
The HinduFebruary 1, 2012

During a search at the popular Centrestage Mall in Noida, owned by the Chadha Group, a team is learnt to have come across a “very large” chest allegedly containing huge amounts of cash. The chest was opened late in the evening. The search and seizure...more »

Family pleas for help in mysterious Surrey homicide of Patrick Martin
The ProvinceFebruary 1, 2012

By Elaine O'Connor, The Province February 1, 2012 7:08 AM Patrick Martin, 41, has been identifed as Surrey's first homicide of the year. He was found in a back alley The victim of Surrey's first homicide of 2012 was a married father of four who ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Blindly groping for Ellis fall guy
Courier MailFebruary 2, 2012

Langbroek decided it "exposed Labor's lax sex offender laws", which is the sort of meaningless, broad-brush drivel we frequently get from opposition spokespeople. There are a few things we should get straight. Ellis is a bad man but, sad to say, ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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HOLLOWAY v. MAGNESS
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Numerous lawsuits have challenged the practice, asserting claims under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, state and federal antitrust laws, state consumer protection and unfair trade practices acts, state constitutional provisions, the First Amendment ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Steinitz to MKs: Stop pandering to media with gimmicks
Jerusalem PostFebruary 3, 2012

The NGO researched the parliamentary activity of all 120 MKs, ranking them according to “quality” activity, which includes supervising the government's work, as opposed to passing private legislation, which is less likely to become law than government ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Hawaii's online tracking law is all but dead, lead sponsor confirms
EngadgetFebruary 1, 2012

The law's supporters trumpeted it as a vital step in protecting "victims of crime," but its momentum has all but come to a halt, now that its lead champion has proclaimed its death. In a recent interview with CNET, Democratic Representative John Mizuno ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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As Houston Business Leaders Look at Challenges of Moving Goods, Shippers Say ...
Transportation NationFebruary 3, 2012

Emmett says traffic jams on Houston's extensive freeway system can be costly to transportation companies, and leaders have to find a way to keep big rigs from getting tied up in commuter traffic. “You know, right now, containers are taken off of a ship ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Crime Prevention Board spends $370000 on Youth Programs
WLTZ 38 NBCFebruary 14, 2012

By Sara Belsole COLUMBUS, GA - At today's meeting, City Council approved four separate Crime Prevention programs aimed at keeping Columbus' youth out of trouble. "The crux of the problem is self confidence, self awareness of what's right and what's ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Shiprock Chapter faces additional financial scrutiny [2:45 pm]
Farmington Daily TimesFebruary 14, 2012

A group of community members in January reported a “reckless mismanagement” of funds to the tribe's Office of White Collar Crime, which is overseen by the Navajo Nation Special Prosecutor. The complaint, filed Jan. 23, alleges that chapter President ...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 »

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