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College students provide free help filing income tax returns in Springfield
KSPRFebruary 1, 2012

Students at both Drury University and Missouri State University will offer free income tax preparation this winter and spring. Here is the information for both. Students will provide free tax preparation through an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ...more »

SD ag-mediation service could soon cover feds, too
AberdeenNews.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Bob Mercer, American News Correspondent The state House of Representatives supported a major expansion of South Dakota's agriculture mediation program Tuesday. House members agreed that services should become available to people or organizations ...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Keen to get going again
Squamish ChiefFebruary 10, 2012

How do we measure the value of crime prevention? How do we know how many crimes against persons and property are deterred by the many programs that formerly operated out of the downtown community policing office? We can all look at statistics and ...more »

Misdemeanors
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City Has Highest Number of Marijuana Arrests in More Than a Decade
WNYCFebruary 1, 2012

Kelly's order plainly stated that an officer may not arrest someone for a misdemeanor in those cases. "I would say that about half of the marijuana arrest cases that I see are actually mischarged misdemeanors,” said Legal Aid lawyer Renate Lunn, “and, ...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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Criminal court, Feb. 3
Republican & HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

The judge also sentenced Frye to 18 months probation that will not begin until after his parole ends. Frye admitted violating his parole and probation by moving without notifying his parole officer and failing to get a job.more »

Police Brutality
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Occupy Oakland declares 'day of action' against police brutality
Press TVFebruary 4, 2012

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly has declared February 6 as a 'day of action' against police brutality against Occupy movement protesters. Occupy Oakland has faced heavy police repression since its inception. From the first police raid on October ...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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SA gets tough with rhino poachers
South Africa.infoFebruary 2, 2012

Aselmo Baloyi, Jawaki Nkuna and Ismael Baloyi were found guilty on four counts including illegal hunting of rhino, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. Molewa said the sentence would send a strong ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Grand jury gets police case against teacher charged with statutory rape of ...
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

Sex charges against a public school teacher have been sent to a Chester County grand jury after she waived a preliminary hearing. Amy Howell was charged by police with statutory rape and sexual battery by an authority figure on a 17-year-old boy, ...more »

Prostitution
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Bill Repealing Colo. Criminal Libel Moves Forward
KMGH DenverFebruary 15, 2012

The bill is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Colorado Press Association, and the Criminal Defense Bar. Few states still have criminal libel provisions that can lead to charges and jail time. The law has been used in Colorado seven ...more »

Gun Charges
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Virginia Houses of Delegates votes to repeal gun limit law
Kingsport Times NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Kilgore indicated his support of the gun limit repeal on Tuesday before Wednesday's final vote in the House of Delegates. The repeal measure passed 66-32. Kilgore said the gun limit law may have had a legitimate purpose when it was originally passed, ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Falls Church Police Blotter
FairfaxNews.comFebruary 1, 2012

Attempted Robbery and Assault and Battery: 201 S. Washington St. (7-Eleven) On Nov. 17, an unknown suspect approached the victim at the front entrance and demanded money. The suspect did not obtain money and assaulted the victim in the face.more »

Authorities identify officers, homicide suspect slain in 2 police shootings in ...
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

AP LAS VEGAS — Authorities are identifying a 23-year-old homicide suspect shot and killed in Las Vegas this week, and the police officers involved his shooting. The Clark County coroner reported Friday that Jason Baires died of head and chest wounds ...more »

Search & Seizure
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Area high school students tested in Mock Trial Competition (with video)
News-Herald.comFebruary 4, 2012

In this year's case, police obtained a suspect's GPS cell phone records without a search warrant. The suspect claimed that this was improper search and seizure which violated his 4th Amendment rights. Each school argued in two separate trials and ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Chemerinsky: New Hurdles for Civil Rights Cases
ABA JournalFebruary 1, 2012

In Minneci v. Pollard, the US Supreme Court held Jan. 10 that prison guards at private prisons contracting with the federal government cannot be sued for constitutional violations where state tort law provides a remedy. In 1971's Bivens v.more »

Sex Crimes
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Man charged with online sex crimes
Ct PostFebruary 2, 2012

Ramsdell was charged with criminal attempt to entice a minor into sexual activity via computer, and six counts of criminal attempted to commit risk of injury to a minor. He was held in lieu of $75000 bond and arraigned at New Haven Superior Court.more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Cyber bill to put US in charge of global cyber security
The AgeFebruary 9, 2012

The bill - International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act - is likely to go to a vote in the next few months. It will place the United States at the forefront of the battle against international internet-driven crime by threatening economic ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Question of the week: What are the top issues in the congressional race this year?
York Daily RecordFebruary 6, 2012

It would appear that Republicans want to repeal the law passed by Congress that created what they call Obamacare. I don't think Obamacare goes far enough. We should have a single-payer health system. That is Medicare for all.more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Juvenile Justice investigates allegation involving guard and Athens teen
Online AthensFebruary 2, 2012

By Joe Johnson - joe.johnson@onlineathens.com A female guard at the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center is on suspension while officials investigate allegations she acted inappropriately with a young inmate, a Department of Juvenile Justice ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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US Park Police Back At Occupy DC Site McPherson Square And Freedom Plaza
W*USA 9February 6, 2012

They are making sure no one is sleeping in violation of the camping laws. If you were with us Saturday morning, you saw live coverage of police moving in to the Occupy encampment at McPherson Square. They've also moved over to the protest at Freedom ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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One year later, Libya's future still very much in the air
Canada.comFebruary 16, 2012

Stephen Harper's Conservative government also forged links with the Libyan strongman. In 2008 the government asked for - and received - the Libyan leader's help in freeing kidnapped Canadian diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay, ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Former Sr. Counsel to Attorney General of Texas joins Dallas Law Firm
Citybizlist (press release)February 15, 2012

Prior to that she served as a state District Court Judge and Assistant US Attorney in the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. As an Assistant US Attorney, she gained significant experience in criminal, civil and appellate litigation.more »

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