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

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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

DC Lottery Mess, Part 2
Washington ExaminerFebruary 1, 2012

The DC Council's Committee on Finance and Revenue seems poised to repeal Wednesday the 2010 law that legalized Internet gambling in the District. Let's all shout hallelujah. The Lottery Modernization Amendment Act has been a source of controversy for ...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Woodlands property crimes down 34 percent
Your Houston NewsFebruary 8, 2012

The Woodlands has been touted as one of the safest communities in Texas, and the community may have proved the moniker true to some extent with a sharp drop in property crimes last year. Burglaries of buildings, habitations and motor vehicles, ...more »

Misdemeanors
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DA wants max sentence in one-legged millionaire's bizarre 'assault-by-Rolex' case
New York PostFebruary 7, 2012

By LAURA ITALIANO Prosecutors are asking for the maximum sentence -- a year in jail -- for the one-legged Manhattan millionaire convicted of pummeling a beautiful "naked masseuse" in an oddball misdemeanor assault-by-Rolex case.more »

Criminal Defense
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Davis Polk Welcomes Senior Federal Prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, to Its White ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's White Collar Group has consistently been ranked in the 1st tier among New York law firms in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Chambers USA. The firm represents corporations and individuals from around the world in ...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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Amanda Johnson, Valerie Bartkey Allegedly Sexually Assaulted High School ...
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

Two Wisconsin sisters have been charged in connection with the brutal sexual assault of a high school student. The women allegedly forced him to drink urine and twisted his penis with pliers when he refused to have sex with one of them, police said.more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Politics around convicted secretary of state's office 'a mess'
Journal and CourierFebruary 5, 2012

Not guilty: 1 count of fraud on a financial institution relating to information on a mortgage application. Fifteen months have passed since the polls closed in Indiana's last secretary of state election. But the battle over who should hold the office ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Easthampton Man Sentenced to 17 Years on Firearms Charges
abc40February 9, 2012

(WGGB) – An Easthampton man was sentenced today in federal court to 17 years in prison for illegal firearms dealing and illegally possessing firearms after having been convicted of a felony. 37 year-old, Jeremy Wright, was sentenced by US District ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Teacher's sexual battery case sent to grand jury
Jackson SunFebruary 1, 2012

Amy Howell, a Chester County teacher, leaves the Chester County General Sessions Court in Henderson on Tuesday morning after her case on charges of sexual battery and statutory rape is sent to the grand jury. / KATIE BRAKE/The Jackson Sun Howell speaks ...more »

Prostitution
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American Bar Association
Law.comFebruary 13, 2012

In a separate suit, the ACLU, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and others are challenging the DHS's "... by Mary Pat Gallagher | 02/13/2012 ...the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, expressed concern about the impact...28, 2010, ...more »

Gun Charges
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The Lorton Perspective: Lifting Virginia's One-Gun-Per Month Buying Cap
Patch.comFebruary 3, 2012

If you're a law abiding citizen it shouldn't be a problem to buy legal guns. If you're a criminal you're not going to follow the law anyway. So, gun laws are generally restrictive to law abiding citizens." "The Commonwealth is no different from any ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Parties involved in car chase, shooting have criminal records
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 2, 2012

By MATT BUEDEL AND ANDY KRAVETZ Police still were sorting out details Wednesday of an alleged car theft and shooting one day earlier that left a woman hospitalized with a gunshot wound and the alleged shooter behind bars. Both parties are well known to ...more »

Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...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 »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Kazakh rights activist to be freed in amnesty
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

By Mariya Gordeyeva ALMATY - Prominent rights activist and government critic Yevgeny Zhovtis was among more than 70 prisoners granted an amnesty by a court in eastern Kazakhstan on Wednesday, a court official said. Zhovtis, 56, who has often criticised ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Number of sex offenders in Florida soars
Orlando SentinelFebruary 7, 2012

"In our judgment it reflects the fact that Florida law enforcement has been aggressive and proactive. Florida officials have made these kinds of crimes a priority." Perhaps no Central Florida agency fits that bill better than the Polk County Sheriff's ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Public can record Baltimore police on duty, new rules say
Baltimore SunFebruary 12, 2012

Baltimore police officers may not "prevent or prohibit" people from taking photographs or video of crime scenes and other law enforcement activities that are in public view, according to a department-wide directive made public Friday. The new rules...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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From the comments: Readers react to presidential candidate Rick Santorum's ...
The Flint Journal - MLive.comFebruary 27, 2012

"Santorum is clearly either ignorant of the facts -- or just plain pandering to a particular view. There has been no Government funding of abortion in years: it's against the law ! And it seems to me that it is very Christian like to do research to ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Soliciation for murder charge dismissed against last Lakeshore High shooting ...
NOLA.comFebruary 2, 2012

District Attorney Walter Reed has dismissed the charge of a violent crime -- solicitation for murder -- against 16-year-old Daniel Hopkins, according to a statement released this afternoon by Reed and Sheriff Jack Strain. Though juvenile proceedings ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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FCR Tribunal: Fata lawyers threaten to move court
DAWN.comFebruary 1, 2012

... for the replacement of the governor over illegal move. “Appointment of retired bureaucrats as members of FCR Tribunal is in violation of a Supreme Court decision. If our demands aren't met, then the government will have to face the case,” he said.more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Bolingbrook police: Woman lied about sex assault
Joliet Herald NewsFebruary 29, 2012

27 claiming her ex-boyfriend had broken into her 314 Woodcreek Drive apartment and kidnapped her at knifepoint. “(She claimed) he then took her to a vacant home on the 300 block of Kirkwood Circle, where he allegedly battered and sexually assaulted her ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Jones Day and Covington Recruit for London White-Collar Crime Teams
Texas 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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