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

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Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

Bengal babus to lose right to strike?
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

KOLKATA: It will be illegal for government employees in the state to go on strike or hold rallies if chief minister Mamata Banerjee has her way. In a decision that has sent ripples down both camps, the government wants to take away the employees ...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Beaumont Police Warning: 'If I Were A Thief . . . You Would Now Be A Victim'
Patch.comFebruary 11, 2012

The flip side is that crimes against property have increased, indicating Beaumont appears to be importing the type of criminals who prefer to avoid confrontation, Coe said. Coe had a chart with year-to-year statistics that included key figures to ...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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Difference Between Theft, Burglary, and Robbery
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 2, 2012

No matter what type of theft you are charged with, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Only an attorney can ensure that your side of the story is heard, and justice is truly served. It is possible that there are areas of gray ...more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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Gang Task Force arrests seven
Lake County Record-BeeFebruary 3, 2012

He reported the groups conducted 25 probation and parole searches and served five warrants. Three people were arrested for alleged probation violations. They were Justin Thomas Cordero, 27, of Clearlake; Aaron Lee Pifer, 22, of Nice; and Curtis Frank ...more »

Police Brutality
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Opening statements lay groundwork for Mackowiak double murder trial
Morris Daily HeraldFebruary 8, 2012

The prosecution painted a gruesome picture of Mackowiak brutally killing the couple alone, and the defense countered with a picture where others were involved. La Salle County State's Attorney Brian Towne opened Tuesday with a statement he credited to ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Submit this story
Huffington PostFebruary 4, 2012

One of them was this: We'll also establish a Financial Crimes Unit of highly trained investigators to crack down on large-scale fraud... financial firms violate major anti-fraud laws because there's no real penalty for being a repeat offender.more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Deputies seize drugs and firearm from area apartment
Your Houston NewsFebruary 7, 2012

A Houston man was arrested after deputies seized crack cocaine, illegal pills, marijuana and a firearm in his northwest Harris County apartment. Deputy J. Dozier with Precinct 4 noticed a man acting suspiciously around midnight on Feb.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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Defense says any patient care mistakes were not criminal
Albany Times UnionFebruary 10, 2012

(Skip Dickstein / Times Union) Defense attorney for Kathkeen Osgood presents her opening arguments Feb. 9, 2012 at the trial of four healthcare professionals in Rensselaer County Court in Troy, NY accused of neglecting a nursing home patient.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 »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Monday felony, DUI arrests
Pensacola News JournalFebruary 7, 2012

N'Kosi Lerone Jones, 19, 900 block of Lake Terrace Avenue, aggravated battery, robbery. Samantha Lynn Kenney, 39, 300 block of Yoakum Court, nonmoving traffic violation, drug equipment possession. Marcellous Likely, 60, first block of Camelia Drive, ...more »

Death of former Lebanon County pastor's wife ruled homicide
CBS 21February 2, 2012

Authorities now say the deaths of both wives of a jailed Pennsylvania pastor were homicides. Arthur Schirmer is awaiting trial for the 2008 murder of his second wife, Betty Jean. Investigators say Schirmer staged an accident in the parsonage garage, ...more »

Search & Seizure
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Sniffing out trouble
San Ramon ExpressFebruary 3, 2012

Opponents of Pleasanton's plan to implement drug detection dogs have vowed to sue, claiming a violation of students' Fourth Amendment protection against warrantless searches and seizures, although students on school grounds don't have the same rights ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Court: Prisoners can be charged for phone calls
Arkansas NewsFebruary 2, 2012

LITTLE ROCK — The Constitution does not prohibit charging prisoners for essential services such as communication with the outside world, a federal appeals panel said today. The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis upheld a federal judge's ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Lesson of LA teacher sex-crime case: Heed children who report abuse
Christian Science MonitorFebruary 2, 2012

Shocking charges that surfaced this week against Mark Berndt raise questions about how long teachers may be able get away with sexually abusing their students before the law catches up with them. Students are often afraid to report incidents of abuse, ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Petition: Investigation of Wild Salmon Protection
TheFishSite.comFebruary 9, 2012

“We continue to explore, identify and act upon whatever means possible to rid our traditional territories of open net cage fish farms.” “The Canadian government's disregard for wild salmon stocks in pandering to multinational salmon farming ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Teens charged with hate crime ordered to stay away from victim
Chicago TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

Two teenagers charged with committing a hate crime against a black teen were ordered today to have no contact with the alleged victim. During an appearance by the two in Cook County Juvenile Court today, Judge Colleen Sheehan also set a 7 pm curfew for ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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Gerber/Hart move poses questions
Windy City TimesFebruary 1, 2012

What WCT found is an organization struggling to stay compliant, quiet about its operations and more than two months behind on submitting its annual IRS form 990 on its finances. On or around Jan. 22, a large red rental sign appeared in the window of ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Dorothy Gilman, 'Mrs. Pollifax' Novelist, Dies at 88
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Clever, lucky and naïvely intrepid, Mrs. Pollifax employs common sense and a little karate to rescue the kidnapped; aid the resistance (when you are a suburban lady spy, a fashionable hat is ideal for concealing forged passports); and engage in all ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Judging Garzón
Irish TimesFebruary 22, 2012

... the wiretapping of communications between detainees and their lawyers in the course of an investigation into high-profile white-collar crime and political corruption involving important members of Spain's ruling party (Editorial, February 13th).more »

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