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

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Spurred by Trump's immigration crackdown, LA City Council moves to decriminalize street vending
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2017

Immigrant advocates had long pushed Los Angeles to legalize street vending, arguing that sidewalk sellers who hawk ice cream, hot dogs wrapped in bacon, or other food and goods should not face criminal charges that could put them at risk of being ...more »

Peru board meets tonight over sandbox flap
Lewiston Sun JournalFebruary 1, 2017

“I caution you that the infringement of (Merrill's) authority would be legally actionable if you intend to proceed with the purchase (of the security cameras),” the lawyer wrote. “Basically, the letter states that if we use ... She said the ...more »

Criminal Defense News and Stories

Crimes Against Property
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Should police be allowed to keep property without a criminal conviction?
The Bozeman Daily ChronicleFebruary 10, 2017

In many states, police only need to establish probable cause in order to seize property. During the judicial process, civil charges are brought against the property itself, which means the owner has no guarantee of attorney representation in court.more »

Misdemeanors
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Oregon standoff defendants seek Pete Santilli testimony to impeach government witness
OregonLive.comFebruary 13, 2017

Defense lawyers for the four Oregon standoff defendants set for trial this week want Pete Santilli, who awaits prosecution in Nevada, to be flown to Oregon to testify on their behalf and to impeach another co-defendant, Blaine Cooper, now expected to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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The Painful Reality I Was Forced to Face As a Young Black Attorney in Brooklyn
Atlanta Black StarFebruary 5, 2017

Kenneth J. Montgomery is a federal and state criminal defense trial attorney and civil rights litigator in New York, where he as practiced for 20 years. He also is a former Brooklyn prosecutor. He serves as a federal Criminal Justice Act-appointed ...more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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POLICE LOG: Feb. 1, 2017
La Grande ObserverFebruary 2, 2017

Arrest: Christopher Michael Frank, 31, unknown address, was arrested on a Union County parole and probation warrant charging parole violation on an original charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon. Arrest: Carlos Manuel Mielke, 34, unknown ...more »

Police Brutality
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The Head of The NAACP Legal Defense Fund Is Gearing Up For Battle With The White House
GOOD MagazineFebruary 7, 2017

Sherrilyn Ifill, civil rights lawyer and president of the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, would rather not discuss that speech. “I choose not to comment,” she says with a wry little chuckle. There's a whole lot of chatter that Ifill ... The LDF—legal arm ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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EFCC Invites Former OAU VC Over Alleged Fraud
CHANNELS TELEVISIONFebruary 2, 2017

Bamitale Omole, EFCC, OAU, Aderonke Akeredolu, Obafemi Awolowo University The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Bamitale Omole.more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Ridding the streets of illegal firearms remains priority of police
The Freeport NewsFebruary 1, 2017

Commissioner Greenslade, in his Annual Crime Report released mid-January of this year, “In 2016 we deliberated in our responses to pursue and arrest persons who committed crimes in our country and those in possession of firearms, ammunition and drugs ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Charges dropped against man accused of killing former UT track star
MyStatesman.comFebruary 21, 2017

Grand jury proceedings are closed to the public, and court documents do not give a reason for the dismissed charges. Henson had been out of jail after posting $30,000 bail. Henson's attorney, Mark Sampson, told the American-Statesman a witness came ...more »

Prostitution
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Dallas Criminal Lawyer Answers The Question “What Kind Of Lawyer Do I Need?”
Justice News FlashFebruary 6, 2017

I am a criminal defense attorney. I am not an immigration lawyer, but I often handle criminal immigration cases. Confusing? It is for many people who contact me. This paper explains the differences. A criminal defense lawyer like me defends people who ...more »

Gun Charges
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House votes to strike rule banning guns for some deemed mentally impaired
USA TODAYFebruary 2, 2017

WASHINGTON —The House of Representatives approved its first effort of the new Congress to roll back gun regulations, voting to overturn a rule that would bar gun ownership by some who have been deemed mentally impaired by the Social Security ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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A closer look at the 2016 Madison County Sheriff's Office official report
RiverBender.comFebruary 3, 2017

Several crimes had also increased in volume from previous years, including criminal sexual assault, robbery, aggravated battery, burglary, burglary from motor vehicles, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. In all, both crimes against persons and ...more »

Kitsap detectives seek help in quadruple homicide investigation ...
KING5.comFebruary 2, 2017

KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. – Kitsap County Sheriff's Detectives are seeking video and any information the public might have about a quadruple homicide.more »

Search & Seizure
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Judge expected to rule on evidence in Holland Tunnel gun cache seizure
NJ.comFebruary 13, 2017

The lawyers argued the mere suspicion that weapons might be in the truck based on the markings was not sufficient cause to pull the vehicle over - making the stop a violation of search and seizure laws. The Constitutional questions, combined with ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Detainees Can Sue Over Jail's Laundry Policy
Huffington PostFebruary 6, 2017

Echoing county arguments that the laundry rules served hygienic and cleanliness purposes, the trial court found the jail rules being attacked amounted to no more than “minimal deprivations,” well short of violating constitutional rights. It further ...more »

Sex Crimes
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New life for unit designed to prevent online child sex crimes
9NEWS.comFebruary 3, 2017

KUSA - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is taking over one of the state's most prolific law enforcement units that's designed to prevent child sex offenses. To protect kids, members of the Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations Unit go online ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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CHEEZO unit restarted in new Jeffco home
Golden TranscriptFebruary 8, 2017

Pete Weir, left, the district attorney of Gilpin and Jefferson counties, left, passes a baton to Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader to symbolize the official transfer of the Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations (CSOII) Unit on Feb. 2. The unit ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Prosecutor Charged in Dunwoody Prostitution Ring Resigns
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2017

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Quinn, 46, of Alpharetta, had been charged with pandering and violation of Georgia's felony racketeering statute when he was arrested Jan. 17 after law enforcement agencies broke up two massive sex escort operations.more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Schroer seeks to reform criminal justice by raising the age of ...
The Missouri TimesFebruary 10, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In the state of Missouri, a 17-year-old cannot vote, join the army, buy cigarettes, gamble, or even serve on a jury, but they can be tried ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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Moving Forward on Automatic Speed Enforcement Cameras
Streetsblog San Francisco (blog)February 14, 2017

Last week, Assemblymember David Chiu, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, representatives from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), traffic injury victims, surviving family members, and others met at ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Brady Murr-Andrews pleas guilty to crimes in several cases
Loveland Reporter-HeraldFebruary 9, 2017

The arrest affidavit in that case, though, shows that Murr-Andrews told police he was forced to cash forged checks by threats from 48-year-old John Krallis, the man Murr-Andrews admitting to assaulting and kidnapping last year. Murr-Andrews also ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Crimes without criminals
OUPblog (blog)February 7, 2017

There are crimes without victims and crimes without criminals. Financial crime belongs to the second type, as responsibilities for crises, crashes, bubbles, misconduct, or even fraud, are difficult to establish. The historical process that led to the ...more »

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