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Judge rules state wrongly sought to block Cleveland's Fannie Lewis Law, other local hiring ordinances
cleveland.comFebruary 1, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A Cuyahoga County judge ruled Tuesday that the state overstepped its constitutional authority when it sought to thwart Cleveland's requirement that city residents get to work on public projects and permanently blocked the state law ...more »

UK pardons thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws
San Angelo Standard TimesFebruary 1, 2017

The ministry said in its announcement that as well as posthumously pardoning gay and bisexual men, the law allows those still living, and who were convicted in cases of consensual sex with other men of legal age, to apply for pardons. "This will ensure ...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Long Beach Episcopal priest charged with child porn
NewsdayFebruary 4, 2017

Detectives with the Narcotics Vice Bureau, Crimes Against Property Child Exploitation Unit and Nassau County District Attorney's Office handled the case. The detectives previewed the materials on-site that revealed the files contained pornography ...more »

Misdemeanors
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Jose Peralta Sanchez: Arson, Felony DUI, Illegal Reentry–The Poster Child For Why We Need A Wall
VDARE.comFebruary 9, 2017

[Appeals Court Rejects Immigrants' Right to a Lawyer in Expedited Cases, Judges uphold deportation of a Mexican [Illegal] immigrant who had argued for right to hire legal counsel, By Joe Palazzolo, February 7, 2017]. Peralta-Sanchez is a poster boy for ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Progressive lawyer Carl Shapiro, Marin's 'liberal lion in winter,' dies at 100
Marin Independent JournalFebruary 5, 2017

I just need enough to live on.” Considered the unofficial dean of Marin's criminal defense attorneys, he was known for his razor sharp mind as much as his common-man approach to the law and was often sought out by younger attorneys for advice and ideas.more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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Man back in court for probation violation
KIII TV3February 11, 2017

Valdez is currently serving a seven year deferred adjudication probation. It means he could avoid a conviction if he completes probation. Prosecutors are trying to get that probation revoked. They say he reached out to the two child victims, breaking ...more »

Police Brutality
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Fun things to do around Erie, Feb. 15 and later
GoErie.comFebruary 15, 2017

WQLN forum: Monday, Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m.; Pfeiffer Burleigh Elementary School, 235 E. 11th St.; concerned Erie residents and law enforcement personnel invite public to candid discussion of police brutality; Attorney Marshall Piccinini will host the public ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Nigeria: N1.2billion Fraud - EFCC to Arraign Bala, Ex-FCT Minister's Son Tomorrow
AllAfrica.comFebruary 1, 2017

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will tomorrow February 1, 2017 arraign Shamsudeen Bala, son of a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, before Justice N. Dimgba of a Federal High Court, Abuja, ...more »

Prostitution
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Attorney error leads to new trial
Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteFebruary 10, 2017

Ladd found that Lenik, a veteran criminal defense attorney, went wrong when she asked Mays, "Do you ever carry drugs?" That query allowed Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark to be able to ask him about a 1999 drug conviction, a piece of ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Ascension Parish grand jury set to hear testimony on attempted bribery allegations raised against Parish President ...
The AdvocateFebruary 13, 2017

But Petite said on Friday that the assistant attorney general handling the grand jury proceeding informed him that he did not have to show up Monday. Petite added the Assistant Attorney General Jeff Traylor could not immediately tell him when he would ...more »

Search & Seizure
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Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch has a solid record of defending the Fourth Amendment
Rare.usFebruary 5, 2017

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable ...more »

Gun Charges
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Judge: Federal firearms regulations trump Kansas gun law
KSNTFebruary 1, 2017

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected arguments that a Kansas law can shield from federal prosecution anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state.more »

Sex Crimes
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Shuttering Backpage.com, called an online brothel, could hurt law enforcement
Press-EnterpriseFebruary 8, 2017

There's a law enforcement paradox to Backpage.com, labeled by officials as the largest U.S. internet prostitution ad provider. California prosecutors label the site an “online brothel” that rakes in millions of dollars from sex trafficking that often ...more »

Homicide at 7th & Wright: Man found lying in street with gunshot wound
fox6now.comFebruary 2, 2017

MILWAUKEE –Milwaukee police are investigating a homicide that occurred in the are of 7th and Wright around 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1st. According to police, a 23-year-old man from Milwaukee was found lying in the street suffering from a ...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 »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Jewish aboriginal inmate, 12 years in solitary, claims abuse of rights at BC prison
Vancouver SunFebruary 20, 2017

TORONTO — A Jewish aboriginal prisoner who was assaulted by other inmates alleges the authorities set up the white supremacist attack in retaliation for his complaints about treatment he says has violated his constitutional rights. Timothy Nome, 42 ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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OPINION: Local crime report still shows an exorbitant and persistent number of traffic stops
Benitolink: San Benito County NewsFebruary 7, 2017

However, in traffic offenses, especially moving violations, the number of stops remained unacceptably and inexplicably high. In 2015, moving violations reached an unprecedented 2,223. In HPD's 2016 Crime Report, the number of traffic stops continues to ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Man caught on Palm Beach seeking underage sex gets 4 years prison
Palm Beach PostFebruary 6, 2017

Using an undercover identity, the officer, who is assigned to the South Florida chapter of Internet Crimes Against Children and also serves as an investigator for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, responded and asked the man who identified ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Throwing Away a Legal Career for $310000
New York TimesFebruary 13, 2017

His life is certainly not over, but this perplexing case shows how hard it can be to figure out why apparently successful individuals commit white-collar crimes. More important for Mr. Wertkin, if he did what the government outlined in the complaint ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Forgery suspect accused of writing fake check to himself | KEYE
KEYE TVFebruary 6, 2017

SAN ANTONIO - Surveillance video and the United States Secret Service helped lead officers to a forgery suspect accused of trying to cash a fake check.more »

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