Criminal Defense News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in April, 2017

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Dealing with non-payment of rent
NewsDayApril 1, 2017

The lessee agrees to occupy and use the property and pay rent for the duration of the contract and lease. Ownership does not pass to the lessee ... Standard lease agreement forms can be obtained from stationery shops or online but it is best to have ...more »

Law restricts use of levy funds | News, Sports, Jobs - Weirton Daily ...
The Daily TimesApril 1, 2017

WEIRTON — Tax money used to operate a local animal shelter soon could be heading back to the residents of Hancock County, following the release of an ...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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'Sextortion' Criminalized in Two States
Courthouse News ServiceApril 5, 2017

Under both laws a person who coerces a victim to engage in sexual contact, through threats against their property or reputation, is subject to felony prosecution for sexual extortion. Both states make it a crime to threaten a victim with production or ...more »

Misdemeanors
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Immigration agents swoop into Portland courthouse, seize Somali man
WGMEApril 7, 2017

PORTLAND (BDN) -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Thursday seized a Somali man believed to be an asylum seeker inside a Portland courthouse, after the man pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge, according to his lawyer and ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Marin Voice: Constitutional confusion in immigration debate
Marin Independent JournalApril 6, 2017

In a March 28 IJ column, Dick Spotswood wrote: “The only point (Sheriff Robert) Doyle and President Donald Trump agree on is that immigrants who commit serious crimes need to be deported. Other than criminal defense attorneys, that's a consensus belief ...more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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Man sent back to prison after parole violations
CitizentribuneApril 24, 2017

“You've never accepted the fact that rules apply to you,” Ogle said pointing to a previous incident in which Mason's probation was revoked after he tried to purchase a weapon. “He needs to go to the penitentiary just about more than anyone I have ever ...more »

Police Brutality
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U.S. Supreme Court case could impact Olango family lawsuit
CBS 8 San DiegoApril 9, 2017

Lawyers for the El Cajon Police Department say the lawsuit needs to be put on hold until the U.S.Supreme Court rules on a similar case involving the issue of police brutality. In the City of Los Angeles versus Mendez, a case that happened back in 2010, ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Feds Shut Down Bicycle Hotel & Casino for 'Criminal Fraud' Investigation
PokerNews.comApril 4, 2017

Federal agents served a search warrant at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens supposedly as part of a criminal fraud investigation, shutting it down April 4, reported CBSLA.com. #BREAKINGNEWS: Feds confirm search warrant served at Bicycle ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Whatcom County Jail report for April 12, 2017
The Bellingham HeraldApril 13, 2017

Keith Rawlins, booked by the Washington State Patrol for driving under the influence, illegal possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and failure to appear in court on a charge of delivery of a ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Minnesota beheading suspect wants charges dismissed
West Central TribuneApril 11, 2017

"It would be fundamentally unfair to permit the (state) to proceed with the inconsistent theories that Mr. Thoresen was the sole stabber and machete-wielding individual before the grand jury," Bergeson wrote in the brief, "and that Kayleene Greniger ...more »

Prostitution
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Getting smart on crime: Criminal justice reform bills in the legislature
bestofneworleans.comApril 28, 2017

Marino, a brand-new lawmaker, is a criminal defense attorney who already stands out as a expert — and a voice of reason — on criminal justice reform. “If you don't think that spending $700 million a year on incarceration is a problem, then be OK with ...more »

Gun Charges
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Iowa lawmakers OK gun law expansion; bills heads to Branstad
KETV OmahaApril 7, 2017

Iowa lawmakers have given final approval to a gun-rights bill that includes a stand-your-ground provision and the right to carry concealed firearms on state Capitol grounds. The Iowa House voted 57-36 Thursday for the bill, which had already cleared ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Royston woman sentenced on drug charges
Madison Journal TODAYApril 10, 2017

Shannon Marie Garner was sentenced by Judge Thomas Hodges to serve two years in confinement and eight years on probation on charges possession of methamphetamine, two counts of probation of controlled substances, possession of marijuana less than an ...more »

Man Shot In Hartford Is City's 10th Homicide Of 2017
Hartford CourantApril 5, 2017

The victim, who police have not named, was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 1:30 a.m. He is the city's 10th homicide victim this year. Detectives from the Major Crimes Division have taken over the investigation. Police had ...more »

Search & Seizure
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FBI long had Best Buy workers search for child porn on customers' computers, lawyers say
Los Angeles TimesApril 3, 2017

... referring cases to the FBI, and creating a program to search for child porn. If a government agent wants to search a computer, they need a warrant, and the case has raised issues of privacy invasion and violation of constitutional search and ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Former prison guards get probation in inmate's beating
The Augusta ChronicleApril 11, 2017

The three pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court of one count of deprivation of rights in the severe beating of an inmate at the Augusta State Medical Prison on Feb. 13, 2014. “This is a case about one terrible moment,” defense attorney David Stewart said.more »

Sex Crimes
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Help for adult victims of child sex crimes left out of bill
Sunbury Daily ItemApril 4, 2017

Senate Republican leaders have blocked Rozzi's efforts to open a window allowing adult victims of child sex abuse to sue for old crimes, arguing that the measure is unconstitutional. Rozzi said the current momentum to try to get the law changed was ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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New equipment to help Oneida County Child Advocacy Center protect children from sex crimes
Oneida DispatchApril 18, 2017

Now that the CAC has started its own Internet Crime Investigations Unit to field cyber tips from the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, this Cellebrite mobile kit will make it easier for the CAC to quickly and efficiently ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Editorial: Bitterly partisan battle puts Gorsuch on bench
Albuquerque JournalApril 10, 2017

His credentials: an undergraduate degree from Columbia and law degree from Harvard, both with honors, and a doctor of philosophy from Oxford. He clerked for Justice Byron White and then ... He has a reputation for being thoroughly prepared in court ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Editorial: Steer kids from crime: MARC program merits public support
Savannah Morning NewsApril 9, 2017

For example, in Calcasieu Parish, La., the MARC program reduces the length of time a juvenile who needs help must wait to have access to community service from several weeks to a matter of hours. For juveniles involved in criminal activity, a MARC ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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LETTER: Traffic stops article stereotypes Irish community
Asbury Park PressApril 5, 2017

I don't recall any similar stories of traffic stops from the Columbus Day Parade or drug stops or moving violations after the Toms River Halloween Parade. There are various Dominican parades in New Jersey and an endless list of ethnic festivals. These ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Circuit court from 4/4
Daily RepublicApril 5, 2017

He was then sentenced to another two years in prison, with two years suspended to 180 days, with credit for 94 served, for identity theft and forgery. He will .... Sherman is charged with first-degree and second-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery.more »

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