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

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Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

TripAdvisor reviews that can't be trusted: Website fails to vet comments, says ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

By Sean Poulter TripAdvisor can no longer claim to offer 'trusted and honest' reviews, the advertising watchdog has ruled. It said that because the world's biggest travel website does not vet its 50million users' comments, it cannot guarantee they are ...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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InFocus with Bismarck Police Chief Keith Witt
Great Plains ExaminerFebruary 21, 2012

Sundays were still pretty much still a day of rest because of those laws. Very few retail stores were open. Bars were not open. There were no liquor sales. So for us at the police department, Sunday was kind of a quiet day.more »

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Pot arrests top 50K in 2011 despite NYPD order
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

In fact, 2011 arrests for the lowest-ranking marijuana misdemeanor rose slightly, from about 50400 to 50700, the New York Division of Criminal Justice figures show. The Drug Policy Alliance, a group critical of the national war on drugs, obtained the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Walker schedules meeting with Milwaukee DA
The Oshkosh NorthwesternFebruary 4, 2012

He did not say when the meeting with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm would take place. In a statement issued through his campaign, Walker also announced that he had hired two high-powered criminal defense attorneys, Mike Steinle and ...more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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New chairman of Pa.'s Board of Probation and Parole has reputation of reformer
Patriot-NewsFebruary 6, 2012

By DONALD GILLILAND, The Patriot-News A crew from the Department of General Services had just finished affixing Potteiger's name and “chairman” title to the glass doors leading into Pennsylvania's Board of Probation and Parole.more »

Police Brutality
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Law enforcement websites report security breach
Police NewsFebruary 6, 2012

By Brian Skoloff and Denise Lavoie AP SALT LAKE CITY — Saboteurs stole passwords and sensitive information on tipsters while hacking into the websites of several law enforcement agencies worldwide in attacks attributed to the collective known as ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Arrests made in skimming operation
InsideHalton.comFebruary 3, 2012

“This particular fraud involved the suspect's installing illegal skimming devices and hidden video cameras on bank machines and gas station credit card readers, conducting counter surveillance to ensure the devices were not discovered by the public or ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Rockford man charged for having drugs, guns
Rockford Register StarFebruary 1, 2012

Timothy D. Simmons was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver within a 1000 feet of a park, possession of cannabis, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, no valid Firearm Owners Identification Card, ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Nine indicted by grand jury
Mount Vernon NewsFebruary 7, 2012

MOUNT VERNON — Nine indictments were handed down by the Knox County Grand Jury on Monday, according to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher. Arraignments are scheduled for Feb. 17, before Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster. Keith W. Carder, 23, ...more »

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Defense lawyer fights racism in death row cases
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

As director of the criminal justice unit at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Swarns, 43, is one of the most prominent capital-defense lawyers in the country — the rare black woman in a community whose public face is most often white and male.more »

Gun Charges
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Va. GOP moves anti-abortion, gun rights bills
Washington Examiner (blog)February 1, 2012

Republican lawmakers continued to push Virginia in a more conservative direction Wednesday, passing a bill that would make abortions more difficult and another that would ease gun restrictions. The Senate approved new regulations that would require ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Arrest Logs
Hesperia StarFebruary 8, 2012

Oscar Peraza was arrested on suspicion of assault. Maximiano Real was arrested on a narcotics charge. Mario Fabela was arrested on suspicion of sex crimes. Johnathon Nelson was arrested on suspicion of felony theft. Michael Garcia was arrested on ...more »

Homicide squad investigating body found in carpet in the Junction
Globe and MailFebruary 1, 2012

Homicide detectives are probing the death of a woman after a Toronto resident called police saying there was a body wrapped up in a carpet in a laneway in the Junction. Constable Wendy Drummond said police arrived shortly after noon Wednesday to ...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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Inmate adds pig image to Vermont police cruiser decals
ABC Action NewsFebruary 2, 2012

By: Associated Press BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont prison inmate who makes stationery and license plates has gotten the best of the state police by adding the image of a pig to the state decal on their cruisers. One of the spots on the cow in the ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Alarm after arrests in north Cyprus under gay sex law
BBC NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Gay sex is not a crime in either Turkey or the Republic of Cyprus. Amid local fears of a crackdown on gay people, MEPs urged the Turkish Cypriot authorities to repeal the law. Marina Yannakoudakis, a British Conservative MEP, said Turkish Cypriot ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Man gets 1-yr jail for defaming ex-wife
Times of IndiaFebruary 2, 2012

This is the first conviction in a cyber crime case in the state since the Information Technology Act became operational. The Crime Investigation Department's Cyber Cell officials said 30-year-old Sanaulla Faisal, a resident of Kilwat, after getting a ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Los Angeles Mayor Slams Mitt Romney on Immigration
ABC News (blog)February 9, 2012

“For the first time in modern memory, a major political party is poised to nominate a presidential candidate who has abandoned immigration reform and instead advocates self-deportation,” he said. Villaraigosa, who was presented with the 2012 Edward R.more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Bringing Down Youth Prisons and Building a Better Place
Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeFebruary 3, 2012

According to the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco, serious youth crime is at its lowest point since they began gathering statistics in 1954. This latest blow is delivered courtesy of the continuing financial crisis that ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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7-Eleven in Forest Hill making a move across Route 24
Baltimore Sun (blog)February 2, 2012

BY MARISSA GALLO, The 7-Eleven store in Forest Hill will be moving across the street with the construction of a new store and the closing the existing one. A storage warehouse is also being built at 2100 Emmorton Road in Bel Air.more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Barnstable Police Log: Feb. 3
Patch.comFebruary 6, 2012

1:55 pm - Forgery was reported at 291 Great Marsh Rd., Centerville, report taken. 2:33 pm - Assault and battery was reported at Eastview Terrace, Marstons Mills, arrest made. 2:48 pm - Police made a warrant attempt, arrest made.more »

White Collar Crime
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Provincial differences put unique spins on financial fraud: RCMP report
National PostFebruary 7, 2012

For example, the Montreal mafia has a history of boiler-room schemes and stock market manipulation, while Nigerian organized crime groups in Ontario have been involved in telemarketing and investor fraud, said criminologist Stephen Schneider.more »


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