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NYT: "Free to Search and Seize"

NYT Op Ed: Free to Search and Seize by David K. Shipler: THIS spring was a rough season for the Fourth Amendment. The Obama administration petitioned the Supreme Court to allow GPS tracking of vehicles without judicial permission. The Supreme Court ruled that the police could break into a house without a search warrant if, after knocking and announcin
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 22, 2011 at 11:44 PM

When ?Child Porn? Isn?t, And The Woman Who Insisted We Differentiate

This is an excellent article by Lenore Skenazy of "Free Range Kids," and I am personally shocked at the many GREAT comments from others in the general public who were touched by Mary, as was I. Check it out by clicking the image below. Click the image to read the article [[ This is a content summary only. Visit Sex Offender Issues for full li
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 22, 2011 at 11:40 PM

"A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION"

 Not playing around anymore ...It's finally happened.  Howard Finkelstein has had enough.  After years of preferential treatment for law enforcement officers accused of breaking the law in Broward County, he's asked the Department of Justice to step in and investigate the SAO's handling of the BSO Steroids scandal.  Read all about i
Posted on JAABlog on June 22, 2011 at 9:29 PM

CA - Mr. Winky on Your Windshield: Plea Deal For Former Police Chief (Paul Lawrence Wadley) Accused of Plastering Cars With Penis Pics

Paul WadleyOriginal Article Of course, he's a cop, and they get all the perks. 06/22/2011 By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie After allegedly exposing himself to multiple women on hiking trails and leaving pictures of his penis on car windows, former Huntington Park police Chief Paul Lawrence Wadley has managed to avoid having to register as a sex
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 22, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Blume & Paavola on Neuroimages in Capital Cases

John H. Blume (pictured) and Emily C. Paavola (Cornell Law School and Cornell Law School) have posted Life, Death, and Neuroimaging: The Advantages and Disadvantages of The Defense?s Use of Neuroimages in Capital Cases - Lessons from the Front (Mercer...
Posted on CrimProf Blog on June 22, 2011 at 9:10 PM

New sex offender Bill, AB 755, pending in the California Legislator will require all registered sex to provide all their computer and internet information to local law enforcement.

Existing law, the Sex Offender Registration Act, requires persons who have been convicted of specified sex offenses to register with local law enforcement. Existing law requires that the registration include the person?s address, fingerprints, current photograph, and license plate number. Existing law requires the registrant to update his or her regist
Posted on Southern California Criminal Defense Blog on June 22, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Witmer-Rich on Consent

Jonathan Witmer-Rich (Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law) has posted It?s Good to Be Autonomous: Prospective Consent, Retrospective Consent, and the Foundation of Consent in the Criminal Law (Criminal Law and Philosophy, Vol. 5, 2011) on SSRN. Here...
Posted on CrimProf Blog on June 22, 2011 at 8:04 PM

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Posted on Crime & Federalism on June 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Birckhead on Juvenile Justice Reform

Tamar R. Birckhead (University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law) has posted Juvenile Justice Reform 2.0 (Brooklyn Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 19, 2012) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Before the 1954 decision...
Posted on CrimProf Blog on June 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Federal habeas grant finds Ring problem in Florida death sentence

As reported in this new AP piece, in a habeas ruling from earlier this week, a "federal judge has declared that Florida's method of imposing the death penalty is unconstitutional because jurors are not required to make specific findings on...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 22, 2011 at 4:37 PM

MICHAEL LASHER, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.

DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOURTH DISTRICT January Term 2011 MICHAEL LASHER, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee. No. 4D10-2714 [June 22, 2011] PER CURIAM. Affirmed. See Flowers v. State, 54 So. 3d 1049 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011) (holding that Arizona v. Gant, 129 S. Ct. 1710 (2009), does not apply [...]
Posted on Florida Criminal Law Opinions on June 22, 2011 at 3:32 PM

JOHN KEVIN HOLT, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.

DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOURTH DISTRICT January Term 2011 JOHN KEVIN HOLT, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee. No. 4D10-2506 [June 22, 2011] CONNER, J. John Kevin Holt (Holt) appeals the denial of his motion to correct illegal sentences filed under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.800(a). After a jury [...]
Posted on Florida Criminal Law Opinions on June 22, 2011 at 3:32 PM

JOSEPH DeLUCCA, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.

DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOURTH DISTRICT January Term 2011 JOSEPH DeLUCCA, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee. No. 4D10-2395 [June 22, 2011] PER CURIAM. Joseph DeLucca appeals the trial court?s summary denial of his timely Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850 motion for postconviction relief. Appellant seeks to withdra
Posted on Florida Criminal Law Opinions on June 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Florida Death Penalty Law Declared Unconstitutional

Orlando's WESH-TV reports, "Could Court Decision Affect Fla. Death Penalty?" It's by Matt Lupoli. A judge in Miami ruled Monday that a man's death sentence for a 1991 murder, and Florida's Capital Sentencing Statute violate a Supreme Court ruling and...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 22, 2011 at 2:48 PM

FLORIDA DEATH PENALTY UNCONSTITUTIONAL?

Yes! Says Federal Judge Jose' Martinez, because the Florida scheme for death allows a Judge and not a jury to sentence a defendant to death and does not require unanimity by the Jury. (In Florida a jury must be unanimous for conviction on stealing a lollipop, but not for sentencing someone to die. Lollipops require unanimity, death a mere majority.) Yo
Posted on Justice Building Blog on June 22, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Judge Davis laments drug war's damage and costs in concurrence requiring LWOP for druggie

A couple of helpful readers altered me to a notable concurring opinion authored by Judge Davis of the Fourth Circuit in US v. Gregg, No.10-4198 (4th Cir. July 17, 2011) (available here). Here are snippets from this opinion, which merits...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 22, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Casey Anthony Trial, Day 24: Embattled Defense Soldiers On

[This article is by contributing writer Ivy Bigbee. She is a Washington, D.C.-based writer.] Chorus of defense witnesses ends on sour note ORLANDO, Fla. ? Marcus Wise?s courtroom debut as an expert witness went well, but the analytical chemist?s experiments...
Posted on Criminal Report Daily on June 22, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Sex Offender Registry

Video Link Video Comments From Other YouTube Users: LotusMan17 You realize cops are gun owners too. and they have sex? offender list to keep you aware and they deserve to be attacked because they're monsters. the only truth in your statement is ur not on the sex offenders list and i'm all for guns?  TeePeeProductions Throwing eggs and fi
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

UK - Teenager (Terri Sproul) who made false rape claim caught out after trying to cover up her lies on Facebook

Original Article 06/22/2011 A teenager who falsely claimed she had been violently raped was caught after she tried to cover up her lies on her Facebook page, a court heard. Terri Sproul?s claim that she had been assaulted as she walked home from a party led police to spend 147 hours trawling CCTV footage while forensic teams carried out a fin
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 22, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Two years for false rape claimant (Aisha Mather)

Original Article 06/22/2011 By Richard Young A woman who falsely claimed she had been raped was sentenced to two years in a young offender?s institution yesterday (Tuesday). Aisha Mather, 19, of Hertford Road, Stevenage told police she had been raped by a man at a house in Nottingham in January. Her case collapsed however and she was se
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 22, 2011 at 1:15 PM

DPIC Issues New Report

The report, "Struck by Lightning: The Continuing Arbitrariness of the Death Penalty Thirty-Five Years After Its Reinstatement in 1976," is available in Adobe .pdf format. The Death Penalty Information Center has also issued a news release announcing the report, "On...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Aphrodite Jones Reports: On Celebrity in the Casey Anthony Trial Courtroom

[ Aphrodite Jones gives her perspective as she attends the Casey Anthony Trial. Check in for her regular reports. Read her Bio >> ] I wrote a piece in today's NY POST talking about all the "star" journalists and TV...
Posted on Criminal Report Daily on June 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

More Pressure on Drug Companies

"Death Penalty Opponents Push to Stall Lethal Injections," is the title of David Von Drehle's latest post at Time. Back when Florida executed prisoners in an electric chair, part of the ritual involved plunging the entire maximum security state prison...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Lethal Injection News From Georgia

Today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, "Execution held up over drug debate." It's written by Rhonda Cook. A Fulton County judge has stopped the Thursday execution of a Savannah murderer, but it could be just a temporary delay. Judge Wendy Shoob, after...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

CA - Sex Offender Ban in San Juan Parks Moves Forward

Original Article 06/21/2011 By Jenna Chandler The City Council needs to define which parks would be off-limits, among other details. At the request of Mayor Sam Allevato - a retired police officer - the City Council will soon discuss at length the possibility of banning sex offenders from city parks. Allevato on Tuesday night gauged the
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM

"Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies" by the Justice Policy Institute (June 2011)

"Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies" by the Justice Policy Institute (June 2011) examines the political strategies of private prison companies and how they are able to wield influence over legislators...
Posted on The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog on June 22, 2011 at 11:09 AM

More Commentary on Cost in California

Today's Los Angeles Times carries the editorial, "California's costly death penalty: The state is spending $184 million a year more on its 714 death-row inmates than it would if they had been sentenced to life without parole." Time and again,...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

DPIC releases new anti-DP report on 35th anniversary of Gregg ruling

The Death Penalty Information Center has just released this big new report on the state of capital punishment in the US. The report is titled "Struck By Lightning: The Continuing Arbitrariness of the Death Penalty Thirty-Five Years After Its Re-instatement...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Justice Department creates great new evidence-based criminal justice resource

I am extremely pleased to see (thanks to this item at The Crime Report) that The U.S. Justice Department has created an important new website, Crime Solutions.gov, to enable all of us to better assess the effectiveness of state and...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM

17 APPLICANTS

Here are the contenders for Vic Tobin's seat: Randi Glick Boven, Phoebee Rebecca Francois, Jorge E. Hurtado, Steven W. Hyatt, Kenneth P. Kugler, Lorena Mastrarrigo, Robert G. Nichols, Christopher William Pole, AriAbraham Porth, Michele McCaul Ricca, Mark W. Rickard, Abbe S. Rifkin, Maria M. Schneider, Anuraag (Raag) Singhal, Debra L. Steinsaltz, Thomas
Posted on JAABlog on June 22, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Texas executes murderer despite evidence suggesting mental retardation

As detailed in this Reuters article, "Texas executed on Tuesday a man convicted of fatally shooting two people and paralyzing a third near Houston in 1998, despite evidence that he was mentally disabled." Here is more: Milton Mathis, 32, was...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 22, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Budget realities leading Ohio republicans to embrace progressive prison reforms

As detailed in this Columbus Dispatch piece, headlined "Senate prepares to vote on 'get-out-of-prison-sooner' bill: Measure would shorten inmates' sentences and save Ohio $78 million a year," the republicans in Ohio, who control all the political positions in the state,...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 22, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Former CEO of big mortgage firm gets 40 months on fraud conviction

This Reuters story, headlined "Ex-CEO of mortgage lender sentenced to prison," reports on one (of many?) criminal justice echoes of the housing crash. Here are the basics: The former chief executive of one of the largest mortgage firms to collapse...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 22, 2011 at 9:49 AM

OFF TOPIC - My Jesus by Todd Agnew with lyrics

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Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

32 Arrested In Child Sex Sting Operation In Lake County

Whoever said "Oddly enough, none of the men arrested were registered sex offenders." needs an education in sex offender recidivism statistics! 6-22-2011 Florida: LAKE COUNTY, Fla. -- Lake County detectives made 32 arrests in six days during a sex sting operation, according to the sheriff?s office. Undercover detectives went online posing as ch
Posted on Sex Offender Issues, News, Recidivism and Studies on June 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

MISSOURI COUNSELOR PLEADS GUILTY TO 4 FELONY COUNTS

JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI - Lorraine Kusior a licensed professional counselor from Mountain Grove, pled guilty to two counts of making false statements to receive Medicaid payments (Class C felonies), one count of obstruction of a Medicaid investigation (Class D)...
Posted on Health Care Fraud Blog on June 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM

MISSOURI COUNSELOR PLEADS GUILTY TO 4 FELONY COUNTS

JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI - Lorraine Kusior a licensed professional counselor from Mountain Grove, pled guilty to two counts of making false statements to receive Medicaid payments (Class C felonies), one count of obstruction of a Medicaid investigation (Class D) and one count of stealing by deceit (Class D). Kusior falsely made reimbursement claims t
Posted on Health Care Fraud Blog on June 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Casey Anthony Trial, Day 23: Sweetening Casey Anthony's Motherly Image

[This article is by contributing writer Ivy Bigbee. She is a Washington, D.C.-based writer.] ORLANDO, Fla. ? It?s not about the knot. Really. It?s about what the knot represents: the knot resulting from Casey Anthony?s back-handed tying of her sweater?s...
Posted on Criminal Report Daily on June 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Insider Trading Probe Sparks Paranoia in Traders

The trader in this article needs a securities lawyer, or at least some time on my sites to understand what insider trading really is. Best line of the piece - the paranoia is a feature, not a bug.Insider Trading Probe Sparks Paranoia in Traders - CNBCHat tip to Securities Docket.
Posted on SECLaw.com on June 22, 2011 at 7:25 AM

An Open Letter To The Orlando Criminal Defense Bar

So, how's the courthouse coffee shop these days? Remember when you all used to sit around and talk about this judge, and that prosecutor, and whether Joe was going to win that tough case down the hall? You mused over the recent Fourth Amendment ruling and whether Judge so and so would get re-elected, having kicked a big coke case?Now the Orlando crimin
Posted on Criminal Defense on June 22, 2011 at 7:20 AM

In trial next two days


Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 22, 2011 at 5:46 AM

Second Chance for Bad Guess?

The appeal of former New York State Senate majority leader Joseph L. Bruno, argued last week before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, has raised some interesting double jeopardy issues which may or may not be...
Posted on White Collar Crime Prof Blog on June 22, 2011 at 4:15 AM

Sex offenders lived in Fort Lauderdale motel; city law left few other options

6-22-2011 Florida: FORT LAUDERDALE?A motel known for touting its heart-shaped Jacuzzi for years quietly housed dozens of registered sex offenders and predators. The Budget Inn on North Federal Highway was one of the few housing options for sex offenders in the city. That is, until the motel's owner learned of the tenants' criminal records thi
Posted on Sex Offender Issues, News, Recidivism and Studies on June 22, 2011 at 3:33 AM

Sex offender allowed back at Lake Michigan College

6-22-2011 Michigan: Student had been suspended last year by college BENTON HARBOR ? A second Lake Michigan College student suspended last year for being a registered child sex offender has been allowed to take classes again. The student was one of three men who were notified by LMC in February 2010 that they had been banned for being
Posted on Sex Offender Issues, News, Recidivism and Studies on June 22, 2011 at 3:14 AM

Florida State Forest Rangers Die In Wildfire www.privateofficer.com

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. June 22 2011 Two state forest rangers trapped by shifting flames died while fighting a wildfire that also injured two others near Jasper in north Florida, officials said Tuesday. The rangers were working Monday to stop a rekindled blaze called the Blue Ribbon Fire in Hamilton County on the Georgia line, [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 2:14 AM

Supreme Court Rules Age Is Significant When Law Enforcement Questions Suspects

The case before the Untied States Supreme Court dealt with whether a 13-year-old boy should have been notified of his ?Miranda? rights. Including telling him he need not answer questions before being questioned by police officers. The boy was suspected of committing several burglaries. After first denying any involvement, the minor admitted breaking
Posted on Southern California Criminal Defense Blog on June 22, 2011 at 2:00 AM

Macy loss prevention agent attacked by shoplifters www.privateofficer.com

  Wauwatosa WI June 22 2011 A Macy’s security guard was attacked by two men he suspected of theft Saturday. 2:44 p.m. According to the Wauwatosa police report: Two men had their arms full of merchandise and appeared ready to flee the Mayfair location of Macy’s about 2:44 p.m. Saturday. A security guard chased them [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Two security guards hired to protect controversial construction site arrested www.privateofficer.com

  Charlmette LA June 22 2011 Two security guards hired to protect controversial mixed income apartment complexes, under construction in Chalmette, have found themselves behind bars for possession of marijuana. The news comes after residents in Chalmette have been fighting to keep the apartment complexes out, saying they were worried about the crime the
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Family of 9-11 victim sues security company, United Airlines www.privateofficer.com

  BOSTON MA June 22 2011 ? The family of a Massachusetts man killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks says newly released court documents show security problems at Boston’s airport the day of attacks are to blame for the man’s death. The documents were filed in federal court in Manhattan as part of [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Former Wal-Mart security agents sue over wrongful termination www.privateofficer.com

    Salt Lake UT June 22 2011 A group of former Wal-Mart employees filed a lawsuit against the retail giant in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, claiming they were wrongfully terminated from a Layton store last winter for stopping a shoplifter.  Lori Poulsen, Shawn Ray, Gabriel Stewart, James Dallin, Derek Holt and Eric Hunter [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:17 AM

Daycare owner, employees charged in death of girl left in hot van www.privateofficer.com

  Jonesboro GA June 22 2011 The owner of a Georgia day care center and two employes have been charged with cruelty to children and manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old girl who was left in a locked van for two hours while daytime temperatures soared into the mid-90s. Jazmin Green’s death came Monday, [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:15 AM

Two GA men sent to prison for putting razor blades on playground www.privateofficer.com

    COLUMBUS, Ga. June 22 2011– Two men have been sentenced to prison after admitting to taping razor blades to playground equipment at a Columbus park last year. Muscogee County Superior Court Chief Judge John Allen issued the sentences Monday for 18-year-old Gary Bryan and 24-year-old Derrick Fullum after the two pleaded guilty to [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:12 AM

Detective creates community policing phone APP www.privateofficer.com

    PEABODY, Mass. June 22 2011? Say you find some vulgar graffiti tagged on your house. You grab your smartphone, take a photo and, with the push of a button, alert police ? sending them the photo and letting them know precisely where it is by using the phone’s GPS. Welcome to community policing [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:11 AM

Man attempts to steal state Capitol flag-punches security officer www.privateofficer.com

  Helena MT June 22 2011 A transient man is accused of attempting to steal a flag from the state Capitol and then punching a security guard who tried to retrieve it. Police were called to the Capitol at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday on a report of an assault. Responding officers located David Brian Madison, [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:10 AM

Family turns in bank robbery suspect www.privateofficer.com

  SUMTER, SC June 22 2011 – Sumter police say they caught a woman who robbed a Sumter bank Monday afternoon after the woman’s family tipped investigators off. Frances R. Ellison, 51, faces charges of entering a bank with intent to steal, according to Police Chief Patty Patterson. Patterson said Ellison walked into the SAFE [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Albuquerque police chief pushes for partnerships with public www.privateofficer.com

    DALLAS TX June 22 2011 ?No one can go it alone when it comes to fighting crime and theft, emphasized the police chief of Albuquerque, N.M. ?Fighting crime is a team sport and it?s extremely important to keep working as a team,? said Raymond Schultz, chief of police for the Albuquerque Police Department. [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:08 AM

Mother kills her baby by placing it in microwave www.privateofficer.com

    Sacramento CA June 22 2011 In what police say is an extremely rare and disturbing case, a Sacramento woman was arrested this morning for allegedly killing her 6-week-old daughter in March by placing her in a microwave oven. Ka Yang, 29, was arrested at her Sacramento home this morning and charged with homicide [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Teacher arrested for running prostitution website www.privateofficer.com

  ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico June 22 2011? David Flory, a physics teacher at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, was arrested Tuesday for running an online prostitution website, according to police. Cops arrested the New York City resident in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 40 counts of promoting prostitution. New Jersey Flory holds a master’s
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Eastport South Manor High School teacher arrested www.privateofficer.com

  Suffolk County NY June 22 2011 An Eastport South Manor High School teacher suspended by the school district in April was arrested on Monday after Suffolk County Police said he inappropriately touched a female student last year and also asked her to send him pictures of herself in her underwear. Felipe Argueta, 35, of [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Knoxville security guard arrested for impersonating police www.privateofficer.com

  KNOXVILLE TN June 22 2011 – A man allegedly using a strobe light and a security guard badge to pull over unsuspecting drivers tried the ploy on the wrong motorist – a Knoxville police investigator in an unmarked police car. Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said today authorities were alerted Sunday evening about a [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 22, 2011 at 1:02 AM

FL - Sex offenders lived in Fort Lauderdale motel; city law left few other options

Original Article 06/21/2011 By Sofia Santana and Dana Williams FORT LAUDERDALE - A motel known for touting its heart-shaped Jacuzzi for years quietly housed dozens of registered sex offenders and predators. The Budget Inn on North Federal Highway was one of the few housing options for sex offenders in the city. That is, until the motel's o
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 21, 2011 at 11:40 PM

TUESDAY NOTES

Good things come to those who wait? - the application deadline to apply for Vic Tobin's seat was 5:00 PM today.  The names should be released tomorrow, courtesy of JNC Chairperson Terrence O'Connor.  We're hearing there are a few surprises, both on and noticeably absent from the list.  Interestingly, the next pick for Chief of the 4th DC
Posted on JAABlog on June 21, 2011 at 9:29 PM

KEITH L. SIMMONS, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL FIRST DISTRICT, STATE OF FLORIDA NOT FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE MOTION FOR REHEARING AND DISPOSITION THEREOF IF FILED   KEITH L. SIMMONS, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.   CASE NO. 1D10-3369   Opinion filed June 21, 2011. An appeal from the Circuit Court for Duval County. [...]
Posted on Florida Criminal Law Opinions on June 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM

WILLIAM BRYANT, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL FIRST DISTRICT, STATE OF FLORIDA NOT FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE MOTION FOR REHEARING AND DISPOSITION THEREOF IF FILED   WILLIAM BRYANT, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.   CASE NO. 1D10-3426   Opinion filed June 21, 2011. An appeal from the Circuit Court for Bay County. Michael [...]
Posted on Florida Criminal Law Opinions on June 21, 2011 at 8:59 PM

DARRELL LAVON JOHNSON, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL FIRST DISTRICT, STATE OF FLORIDA NOT FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE MOTION FOR REHEARING AND DISPOSITION THEREOF IF FILED   DARRELL LAVON JOHNSON, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.   CASE NO. 1D11-1634   Opinion filed June 21, 2011. An appeal from the Circuit Court for Alachua County. [...]
Posted on Florida Criminal Law Opinions on June 21, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Wright on Portable Minimalism in Sentencing Politics

Ronald F. Wright (Wake Forest University - School of Law) has posted Portable Minimalism in Sentencing Politics (Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 32, 2011) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: In this response to Erik Luna and Paul Cassell?s article, Mandatory...
Posted on CrimProf Blog on June 21, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Buyer Beware ? What You Need to Know Before Buying Fireworks

If you plan on buying fireworks for your upcoming fourth of July backyard celebration, here?s what you need to know. First and foremost, most fireworks are illegal in California. The exception is what are known as ?safe and sane? fireworks. ?Safe and sane? fireworks must display a ?State of California, State Fire Marshall Registered Fireworks? sea
Posted on California Criminal Defense Blog on June 21, 2011 at 8:43 PM

NY - Startling new statistics on sex offender recidivism

Courtesy of "Sex Offenders - A Reality Based Discussion " 06/21/2011 I just ran across an article in the Albany Times Union, Did the government fail to protect victim from predator? The article described the case of [name withheld], who was recently convicted of a repeat sex offense. The article shared some statistics which which were related by
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 21, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Texas Execution

Texas carried out its sixth execution of 2011, tonight in Huntsville. The Supreme Court refused to stay the execution, in spite of Milton Mathis' intellectual disability. It was the state's 470th execution since 1982; the 231st execution in the administration...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 21, 2011 at 8:34 PM

OH - Preteen's family forever changed by call that led to rape case

Original Article 06/19/2011 By Catherine Candisky A father's desperate call to find help for his 12-year-old son triggered consequences for his family that he never imagined - his only son's charge of rape, the breakup of his marriage and a costly, four-year legal battle for justice that went all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court. "I feel
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 21, 2011 at 8:26 PM

IL - All sex offenders are not equal

Original Article 06/22/2011 By Eric Zorn I wish I could tell [name withheld] not to worry, that common sense will surely prevail in the sad, scary story of his son. But I would be lying. His son is a sex offender, and when it comes to sex offenders, hysteria and superstition trump common sense every time. In December 2008, [name withhel
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

NEW ZEALAND - Girl kicks sex predator in groin

Original Article 06/21/2011 A 12-year-old girl kicked a man in the groin to escape his sexual advances in the Auckland suburb of Ponsonby today. The man approached the girl as she walked to school along Douglas Street before 8am. Sergeant Paul Black, of Ponsonby police, said the man allegedly grabbed the student by the arm and made a lewd
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 21, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Roberts on Disparate Impact the (Mis)Use of Batson

Anna Roberts (NYU School of Law) has posted Disparately Seeking Jurors: Disparate Impact and the (Mis)Use of Batson (UC Davis Law Review, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This Article . . . uncovers a stark inequality within Equal...
Posted on CrimProf Blog on June 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Champ v. Zavaras, 2011 WL 2411002 (6/16/11) (unpub'd) - The 10th interprets the Supreme Court recent Cullen decision to require it to ignore any evidence submitted to the federal district court in a § 2254 case.
Posted on Tenth Circuit Blog on June 21, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Volokh on Prison Vouchers

Alexander Volokh (Emory University School of Law) has posted Prison Vouchers (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: School vouchers have been proposed as a way to bypass the political pathologies of school reform and...
Posted on CrimProf Blog on June 21, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Defendant Successfully Challenges Mental-Health Treatment Supervised Release Condition, Restitution

U.S. v. Majors, 2011 WL 2356466 (6/15/11) (Colo.) (unpub'd) - The defendant successfully challenges a mental-health-treatment supervised-release condition and restitution. The 10th first holds that, whenever a defendant argues there was insufficient evidence to support an aspect of the sentence, he is making a substantive-reasonableness claim and ther
Posted on Tenth Circuit Blog on June 21, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Safety-valve Disclosures Should be Before Sentencing Hearing

U.S. v. Galvon-Manzo, 2011 WL 2315194 (6/14/11) (Utah) (Published) - An important and unhelpful safety-valve decision. Generally speaking, any and all disclosures for safety-valve purposes are timely only if they occur prior to the sentencing hearing. The disclosure is supposed to demonstrate the defendant is fully cooperating and to benefit the gove
Posted on Tenth Circuit Blog on June 21, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Casey Anthony Trial, Day 22: Defense Medical Examiner Calls Dr. G?s Work 'Shoddy'

[This article is by contributing writer Ivy Bigbee. She is a Washington, D.C.-based writer.] ?This is not my first rodeo.? ?Judge Perry while scolding lawyers ORLANDO, Fla. ? Casey Anthony?s defense team wants the jury to believe their experts, one...
Posted on Criminal Report Daily on June 21, 2011 at 6:05 PM

The Casey Anthony Defense: A Glance at Their Case

By Kenneth J. Ryan, Ph.D. In making a motion for acquittal, defense attorney Cheney Mason offered interesting insight into the plans to defend Casey Anthony. It helps to understand the defense strategy and, in a very straightforward look at it,...
Posted on Criminal Report Daily on June 21, 2011 at 5:47 PM

'Rick Perry: Don't Touch My Junk'

The headline of this post is how the Fox News blog titled the AP story about Governor Perry adding legislation to restrict Transportation Security Agency pat downs to the "call" for Texas' special session. As first reported in the Houston Chronicle:Gov. Rick Perry announced he had added legislation that would make it illegal for TSA agents to engage i
Posted on Grits for Breakfast on June 21, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Seligman on AEDPA's Application to Summary Dispositions

Matthew Seligman has posted Harrington's Wake: Unanswered Questions on AEDPA's Application to Summary Dispositions (Stanford Law Review, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: In this Note, I propose a new solution to the problem of the Antiterrorism and Effective...
Posted on CrimProf Blog on June 21, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Secular Lawyer Reincarnates to Dog; Sentenced to Death

Dogs are people too, at least according to a Jerusalem rabbinical court that recently sentenced a dog to death by stoning. The hound went to the Monetary Affairs Court in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Shearim and despite attempts...
Posted on Bizarre Crimes of the Week on June 21, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Podgor on White Collar Crime in Tweets

Ellen S. Podgor (Stetson University College of Law) has posted 100 Years of White Collar Crime in 'Twitter' (Review of Litigation, Vol. 30, No. 3, p. 533, 2011) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Despite the fact that Twitter did...
Posted on CrimProf Blog on June 21, 2011 at 4:28 PM

A Note on Rick Perry

As Texas Governor Rick Perry considers a GOP presidential bid, his record in Texas gets extra scrutiny. Wendy Kaminer writes, "Rick Perry's Moral Problem," for the Atlantic. Texas governor Rick Perry, the latest Republican presidential It Boy, is a self-styled...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM

CO - Ex-offenders forced into homelessness due to draconian laws

Original Article It's a statewide problem because you have people in office who are not sticking to their oath of office to defend the constitution and rights of ALL people. Why are they homeless in the first place? Because of the draconian laws that do nothing to prevent crime or protect anybody, except turn people into desperate homeless people
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Pilot collaboration on DNA testing could presage regional Harris County crime lab

The Harris County Commissioners Court is throwing the City of Houston a lifeline when it comes to processing backlogged rape kits, proposing a pilot program that could end up having such evidence tested at a county-run crime lab. Reports the Houston Chronicle ("Harris County lab could help relieve HPD crime lab," June 21):Harris County Commissioner St
Posted on Grits for Breakfast on June 21, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Charleston WV federal court changing CJA admininstration

A federal judge's former law clerk was put in charge of the CJA plan in Charleston WV, and the lawyers don't like it. See Lawyers decry federal judges' panel appointment by Zac Taylor in The Charleston Gazette: Federal judges in the state's Southern District have agreed to appoint a supervising attorney to oversee a panel of lawyers who represent fina
Posted on Law Of Criminal Defense on June 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Case Law Update, Week Ending 6-17-11

Courtesy of Law Offices of Dena Alo-Colbeck ?Writing and Research for Washington Attorneys? The following criminal cases of note were decided this week: Washington State Law Washington State Supreme Court Personal Restraint of Strandy: The Court granted Mr. Strandy?s motion for discretionary review and remanded to the trial court with directions to vac
Posted on Washington State Criminal Defense on June 21, 2011 at 2:47 PM

LTN: Does Davis bode badly for technology search cases?

Supreme Court Ruling on Searches May Extend to Mobile Tech by Joshua A. Engel in Law Technology News, June 17, 2011: The Supreme Court on Thursday held that searches conducted in objectively reasonable reliance on binding appellate precedent are not subject to the exclusionary rule -- even when the court later overrules the precedent. The case is Davi
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Desparate sick man commits $1 bank robbery to get health care in prison

Throughout the modern health care reform debates, I have often joked with students that the United States has long had a single-payer health-care system for all persons in every jurisdiction, but one needs to commit a serious crime in order...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM

J.P. Morgan to Pay $153.6 Million to Settle SEC Charges of Misleading Investors in CDO Tied to U.S. Housing Market

The SEC announced that J.P. Morgan Securities LLC will pay $153.6 million to settle charges that it misled investors in a complex mortgage securities transaction just as the housing market was starting to plummet. Under the settlement, harmed investors will receive all of their money back.In settling the SEC's fraud charges against the firm, J.P. M
Posted on SECLaw.com on June 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

CA: CURB's recommendations on how to shrink the prison population

by Emily Harris Via the SF Bay View (http://sfbayview.com) June 18th 2011 Oakland ? In response to the May 23 Supreme Court ruling on California prison overcrowding, a statewide alliance of over 40 organizations known as Californians United for a...
Posted on The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog on June 21, 2011 at 1:20 PM

AZ: State to privatize ADOC health care

State to privatize ADOC health care By Walter Mares Copper Era Managing Editor Published on Sunday, June 19, 2011 The state's effort to privatize health services for the Arizona Department of Corrections, a move that appeared dead in January, now...
Posted on The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog on June 21, 2011 at 1:17 PM

"The Supreme Court and the Sentencing of Juveniles in the United States: Reaffirming the Distinctiveness of Youth"

The title of this post is the title of this new piece by a doctor in a forthcoming medical journal which in now available via SSRN. Here is the abstract: In the 21st century?s first decade, the U.S. Supreme Court...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM

FINRA Targeting Small Firms and Individual Brokers?

John Crudele at the NY Post recently penned a column Small Firms Claim FINRA Targets Them that is generating quite a reaction. We represent a large number of small firms, ranging from firms with 5 registered representatives to approximately 300 registered representatives, and our clients are the ones who originally alerted us to the article. There is a
Posted on SECLaw.com on June 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM

New effort in Georgia to stop execution by going after doctor involved in lethal injection

As detailed in this Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, "days before Georgia is to execute a Savannah man in the murder of a 78-year-old woman, a human rights group is asking the state to revoke the license of a doctor who sometimes...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Georgia Lethal Injection Drug Challenge

"Group files suit to block doctor's participation in executions," is the title of Rhonda Cook's report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, today. Four days before Georgia is to execute a Savannah man in the murder of a 78-year-old woman, a human...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Austin chief: Police treat high-profile defendants differently from the rest of us

The president of Austin's police union, Wayne Vincent, questioned whether local talk show host Jeff Ward received special treatment after Ward had his fiancé call APD Chief Art Acevedo while he was pulled over on the side of the road. Surprisingly, the chief responded by openly admitting that, as a matter of departmental policy, police supervisors pay
Posted on Grits for Breakfast on June 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Coverage of the California Cost Study

"Study offers yet another reason for California to abolish the death penalty," is the title of an editorial in today's Silicon Valley Mercury News. Gov. Jerry Brown has proved that he can do the right thing even if it makes...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM

OH - Wayne County family posts warning signs after claiming neighbor attacked their child

Original Article 06/20/2011 By Joe Pagonakis Some residents want the signs removed RITTMAN - They are warning signs that have caused quite a stir in the usually quiet town of Rittman. The signs read, "Beware, a sex offender lives close." Some residents are extremely upset about the signs, urging city officials to have them taken down.
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 21, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Texas Execution Scheduled

"US Supreme Court asked to stop Texas execution," is the title of Michael Graczyk's AP report, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Defense lawyers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution Tuesday evening of a Texas inmate accused of...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM

WV - New Internet predator law takes effect Wednesday

Original Article 06/06/2011 By Mannix Porterfield CHARLESTON - Beginning Wednesday (06/08/2011), sexual predators using the Internet to prey on unsuspecting minors, or to download child pornography, won't be able to use a fake name to shield themselves from police in West Virginia. Under provisions of SB186 (PDF), law enforcement agencies
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 21, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Links for 2011-06-20 [del.icio.us]

STATE v. MYERS - Leagle.com In this, our second review of Defendant's convictions under the Sexual Exploitation of Children Act, we once again affirm the result of the trial below, and we also hold that trial judges have neither the power nor the discretion to stay the application of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) pend
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 21, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Wayne County family posts sex offender warning signs after claiming neighbor attacked their child

6-21-2011 Ohio: RITTMAN, Ohio - They are warning signs that have caused quite a stir in the usually quiet town of Rittman. The signs read, "Beware, a sex offender lives close." Some residents are extremely upset about the signs, urging city officials to have them taken down. The signs were made out of large pieces of plywood and spray paint
Posted on Sex Offender Issues, News, Recidivism and Studies on June 21, 2011 at 9:42 AM

THERAPY COMPANY OFFICERS PLEAD GUILTY TO FRAUD IN TAMPA

TAMPA, FLORIDA - Angel Gonzalez and Adrian Chalarca, both of Miami pled guilty each to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Pizzo in Tampa, Florida. From 2009 to 2010, the defendants...
Posted on Health Care Fraud Blog on June 21, 2011 at 9:30 AM

THERAPY COMPANY OFFICERS PLEAD GUILTY TO FRAUD IN TAMPA

TAMPA, FLORIDA - Angel Gonzalez and Adrian Chalarca, both of Miami pled guilty each to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Pizzo in Tampa, Florida. From 2009 to 2010, the defendants submitted claims to Medicare for more than $757,000 on behalf of their company, Dynamic Therapy Inc. Gonzalez as owne
Posted on Health Care Fraud Blog on June 21, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Federal judge: Leniency for criminal cops contributes to corruption

While sentencing a Mesquite police officer for stealing drug money, a federal judge yesterday complained about law-enforcement officers receiving lenient sentences that would never be available for members of the general public. He issued an above-guidelines sentence after complaining about a string of recent, light sentences for wayward police officer
Posted on Grits for Breakfast on June 21, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Cal.: Game and fish stops of vechiles are governed by administrative search exception

A game and fish officer?s stop of a car leaving a pier was valid as an administrative search. Defendant was observed line fishing from the pier catching a spiny lobster and putting it in a black bag. He was stopped after he started driving away near the pier. The stop was reasonable, including the special needs of the game and fish laws. He was issued
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 21, 2011 at 7:53 AM

OH8: To stop for hand-to-hand drug deal, officer has to have more than a suspicion a drug deal occurred

Defendant was in a van that stopped on the street, and something was handed to a person that approached the window, and the van drove off. While the officer suspected a hand-to-hand drug transfer, there was no evidence that was what happened, and stopping defendant?s van was without reasonable suspicion, and the motion to suppress was properly granted.
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 21, 2011 at 7:42 AM

CA5: Immigration checkpoint questioning was based on RS

At an immigration checkpoint, the defendant refused to look at the officer questioning his seatmate. Defendant was traveling alone without luggage and said he had clothes in Austin but his DL said he lived in Brownsville. The officer had reasonable suspicion. The defendant consented to further detention and methamphetamine was found in his shoes. Unite
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 21, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Waltham City Councilman And Police Officer Face Allegations Of Threats

I have often told you that the days in which the only people who have to worry about getting investigated or charged with wrongdoing was one of ?Them? are long over. Them would be the ?typical? criminal-type who spends his or her life engaging in criminal activity. Clearly, these are people who know upon each waking day that the day?s activities may
Posted on Boston Criminal lawyer Blog on June 21, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Will new healthcare tax on inmate families boost demand for prison medical services?

Reports AP:The Texas House has approved legislation meant to tamp down rising health care costs for the state's prisoners. Passed by a vote of 124-14, the bill requires inmates who initiate a doctor's visit to pay a $100 annual fee, unless they are indigent. It also requires the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to house inmates with similar
Posted on Grits for Breakfast on June 21, 2011 at 7:07 AM

FBI Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide has been added to the sidebar

The FBI Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide has been added to the sidebar. It has several sections on searches, National Security Letters, and general "acknowledgements" of civil liberties.
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 21, 2011 at 6:55 AM

LA seeking to drug test welfare recipients

On Isureveille: To the Point: Welfare drug testing bill warrants Fourth Amendment override by Austin Casey, about a Louisiana bill moving out of committee to require drug testing of welfare recipients.
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 21, 2011 at 6:29 AM

HuffPo: "Don't Tread on My Cloud"

On Huffington Post: Don't Tread on My Cloud: When Apple announced its iCloud service, commentators spilled much ink wondering if the data of users would be safe from hackers. But an equally important angle to the story was ignored: whether the data in the cloud has enough legal protection to keep it from the prying eyes of the government.
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 21, 2011 at 6:25 AM

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Guest Bloggers: Stephen Richer ? Director of Outreach, Washington Legal Foundation; John Kendrick ? Summer fellow, Washington Legal Foundation "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is a huge legal quagmire; companies don?t have a clear idea of what they can and...
Posted on White Collar Crime Prof Blog on June 21, 2011 at 4:56 AM

Hospital disturbance leads to drug arrest www.privateofficer.com

  Downers Grove IL June 21 2011 A 46-year-old Bolingbrook man was arrested for possession of marijuana at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital after a bag containing 7 grams of the green leafy substance fell out of his pocket in front of a security guard, Downers Grove police said Monday. Police made the arrest after responding [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Will County soccer coach faces molestation and porn charges www.privateofficer.com

  Will County IL June 21 2011 A Will County youth soccer and volleyball coach already accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy is also charged with child pornography. Darrell J. Stephenson, 24, of Crest Hill, was charged June 16 with three counts of aggravated child pornography and one charge of child pornography, said Chuck Pelkie, [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Columbus Airport police chief arrested for burglary www.privateofficer.com

    Columbus GA June 21 2011 There is no direct statements being released by either the Columbus city police or the Columbus Airport about the arrest of the Columbus Airport police chief. According to police, 59-year-old Jeffrey Wright was seen breaking into a vehicle in the Carmike 15 parking lot off Whittlesey Boulevard on Friday, [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Former Mesa band teacher pleads guilty to molestation charges www.privateofficer.com

  Mesa AZ June 21 2011 A former Mesa elementary school band teacher pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of attempted molestation of a child, officials said. Michael Allen LaMonica, 51, was scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court, but accepted a plea agreement in which he admitted to the four counts, [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Former Ohio police officer gets house arrest in Wal-Mart shoplifting www.privateofficer.com

  WEST CARROLTON, Ohio June 21 2011– A former police officer that was arrested for shoplifting from a local department store has been sentenced to house arrest. Joseph Purnell, 41, pleaded guilty to a theft charge, stemming from the incident in February when he took three DVDs, a CD and a Barbie activity kit. He [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Alabama AutoZone worker charged with fraud www.privateofficer.com

  Dothan AL June 21 2011 Police recently arrested a Taylor man on a charge he stole from his employer, AutoZone. According to a Dothan police statement, police arrested Kevin Joseph Dunne, 32, and charged him with felony second-degree theft of property. The statement said the charge stemmed from a police response to a reported [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:56 AM

?Flash mob ? robberies are on the increase www.privateofficer.com

  St Paul MN June 21 2011 The same technologies that for years have brought together the mostly benign and goofy “flash mobs,” in which groups suddenly break into dance at a mall or stumble around like zombies at train stations, is being used to plan and execute bold robberies. Called ?flash robs,? these crimes [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Shoplifters run over Toys R Us employee twice www.privateofficer.com

    GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio June 21 2011– Deputies were searching for a shoplifter who they said twice ran over a Toys-R-Us employee. Shoppers said they noticed a boy of about 10 years old and a girl of about 7 years old pushing a cart with merchandise from the store and putting items into a [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Baltimore County looking for shoplifter who pulled gun at Townson Town Center www.privateofficer.com

    TOWSON, Md. June 21 2011 — Baltimore County police have increased security at Towson Town Center after thieves stole thousands of dollars in merchandise over the weekend. Police said the incidents were isolated and just happened to take place within days of each other. One of the culprits used a handgun in the [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Baby dies in hot car in Columbia SC www.privateofficer.com

  COLUMBIA, SC June 21 2011 – The coroner says an 8-month-old boy left in a hot car over the weekend died from overheating. Police said Jayden Davis died at the hospital after being left in a vehicle outside a Columbia apartment complex for 4 hours. Investigators say Davis’ father dropped the boy’s mother off [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Police hunt for killer in Long Island pharmacy mass murders www.privateofficer.com

  Long Island NY June 21 2011 A mass murderer who killed four people in a Long Island pharmacy was on the loose Sunday afternoon. Cops were hunting the gunman who opened fire at Haven Drugs in Medford just after 10 a.m. Sunday, killing two customers and two employees. An 18-year-old girl working the counter [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:50 AM

Nightclub bouncer stabbed by theft suspect www.privateofficer.com

  San Diego CA June 21 2011 A man who tried to leave a San Diego strip club without paying his bar bill got into a brawl with the bouncer early Sunday and stabbed him, police said. The fight at Ten?s Showclub at 4307 Ohio St. occurred about 1 a.m., San Diego police Officer David [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Off duty police officer dressed as clown kills man www.privateofficer.com

    CHICAGO IL June 21 2011 – An off-duty Chicago police officer dressed as a clown for a fundraiser shot and killed a teen who authorities say was trying to rob him. Police say the officer was headed home from a children’s event Friday night when the suspect approached him, asking for money. When [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Police say choir volunteer molested 8 year old www.privateofficer.com

  RICHMOND, Texas June 21 2011 ? A 53-year-old church choir volunteer is accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy at a home in the Richmond area. John Dolard is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. According to investigators, the victim?s mother contacted the Fort Bend County Sheriff?s Office Friday night after her [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 21, 2011 at 12:46 AM

OH - Shaquille O'Neal - Joining the sex offender hysteria for money?

Original Article 06/20/2011 CLEVELAND - Former NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason have teamed up to promote a new iPhone app designed to help parents keep children safe from sex offenders who prowl the Internet. - Or to use fear to make a quick buck? The Shaq Shield can be downloaded for free at the App
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 20, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Editorial: How useful is registration?

Good Editorial. Proves there is no value or further public safety aspect to sex offender registry, so why are folks spending hugh amounts of money on keeping it up?6-20-2011 Oregon: The legislature has passed a bill to close a loophole in Oregon?s law requiring convicted sex offenders to register with the police. These bills pass easily, for
Posted on Sex Offender Issues, News, Recidivism and Studies on June 20, 2011 at 11:40 PM

What Must Be Considered To Establish A DUI Suspect's Blood Alcohol Content?

If the prosecution cannot establish a solid drinking pattern for a DUI suspect, then any chemical blood alcohol test is subject to interpretation and attack. Hiring an experienced Los Angeles DUI defense attorney, like the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich, is critical. When trying to establish a DUI suspect's blood alcohol content ?at the time of driving
Posted on Southern California Criminal Defense Blog on June 20, 2011 at 11:22 PM

New Illinois study seeks to price the costs of wrongful convictions

As detailed in this New York Times article, headlined "Costs Are High for Convictions of Wrong People," a new study released today by Better Government Association and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern seeks to detail the high costs...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 20, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Recognizing that the two SCOTUS former prosecutors often disagree

Bob Barnes has this new piece in The Washington Poston Justices Alito and Sotomayor, the Supreme Court's two former prosecutors, headlined "Alito, Sotomayor give voice to court split." Here are excerpts: The Supreme Court?s two former prosecutors sit on opposite...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 20, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Lots of notable new items via The Crime Report

The Crime Report website is a daily stop for me because it always has original pieces and links to other reporting about a rnage of important criminal justice issues with sentencing law and policy dimensions. For example, newly up on...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 20, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Graterford PA: Prisoners Fund 2 Scholarships

Thanks to James Hough at Graterford for sending me this article. Prisoners Fund 2 Scholarships June 9, 2011 By Jim Tayoun The Public Record With salaries averaging 18 cents an hour, it is a wonder prisoners at Graterford Correctional Institution...
Posted on The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog on June 20, 2011 at 10:05 PM

MA: Scare article about parole of lifers in the Boston Globe and comments/critiques

Scare article in the Boston Globe.... Paroled lifers pose high risk of new crimes Serious offenders often back in jail in 3 years, review finds June 19, 2011|By Michael Rezendes, Globe Staff More than a third of the most serious...
Posted on The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog on June 20, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Post-Conviction DNA Analysis

Every Tennessean has no doubt been exposed in some way to a thrilling murder mystery or criminal caper that is solved through some use of DNA evidence. While the frequency with which DNA testing actually makes or breaks a criminal case is no doubt overblown, analysis of DNA evidence is an extremely useful tool that does prove pivotal in many cases.
Posted on Tennessee Criminal Lawyer Blog on June 20, 2011 at 9:37 PM

'Lost' actor Doug Hutchinson, 51, marries 16-year-old aspiring singer

Doug HutchinsonOriginal Article 06/20/2011 So would you call this a February-October romance? Newly married ?Lost? star Doug Hutchinson and his child bride are defending their relationship in light of their age difference. Which would be 35 years. Last month, Hutchinson, 51, married a 16-year-old aspiring country singer and former beaut
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 20, 2011 at 9:10 PM

FL - FriendTracker - Exploiting fear for a quick buck?

Be afraid, be very afraid!Original Article So how many people actually use their real names on web services these days? How is this going to work for people smart enough to not use their real name? It won't, so they you go, it's all about money, $4.95 per month to be exact. See this link from Rip-Off report. 06/20/2011 FriendChecker Screens
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 20, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Thank you so much to all who have donated over the years!

We have added the donations we have received over the years to the SUPPORTERS page. We have only used the initials of the people who have made donations, to respect their privacy. If you appreciate what we are doing on this blog, Facebook, YouTube and elsewhere, then consider making a donation using the DONATE button at the top of this blog post,
Posted on Sex Offender Issues on June 20, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Sekhon on Redistributive Policing

Nirej Sekhon (Georgia State University College of Law) has posted Redistributive Policing (Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 101, 2011) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Police departments have broad policy-making discretion to arrest some offenders and permit others...
Posted on CrimProf Blog on June 20, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Family trips = truancy? Rent seeking schools punish parents for family travels

A story in the Dallas News published last month ("Texas truancy law offers guidance for some, loopholes for others," May 16, behind their paywall) gave an absurd example of how Texas truancy laws are being misused.  According to reporter Jessica Meyers:Leila and Frank Pate returned from an extended Christmas vacation in Italy to a court summons.
Posted on Grits for Breakfast on June 20, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Reza on Egyptian Criminal Law

Sadiq Reza (New York Law School) has posted Egypt: Criminal Law (HANDBOOK OF COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL LAW, Stanford University Press, 2011) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This chapter presents the substantive criminal law of Egypt according to the sources of...
Posted on CrimProf Blog on June 20, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Alabama school counselor killed by DUI driver www.privateofficer.com

  DECATUR, AL June 20 2011 – A Priceville Junior High School counselor was killed in a wreck Sunday morning in Decatur. Police said Terry M. White was hit by a drunk driver at 10:20 a.m. on Beltline Road at Carridale Street SW. Investigators said Hugh Kennedy Chandler Jr. was driving north on Beltline Road [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Regret that Plea? File a Motion to Vacate Judgment!

While it may not be that simple, it is possible. Under a handful of circumstances, California law allows you to withdraw your guilty or no contest plea if that plea was not freely and voluntarily entered. You seek this remedy via a California motion to vacate judgment. Perhaps the most compelling argument for winning a motion to vacate judgment take
Posted on California Criminal Defense Blog on June 20, 2011 at 5:30 PM

ATLANTA DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD FOR COUNSELING DEAD PATIENTS

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Dr. Robert Williams of Atlanta, pled guilty on two counts of health care fraud in billing Medicare and Medicaid for $2 million in group psychological therapy to deceased patients. Originally indicted on 10 counts of fraud,...
Posted on Health Care Fraud Blog on June 20, 2011 at 4:17 PM

ATLANTA DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD FOR COUNSELING DEAD PATIENTS

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Dr. Robert Williams of Atlanta, pled guilty on two counts of health care fraud in billing Medicare and Medicaid for $2 million in group psychological therapy to deceased patients. Originally indicted on 10 counts of fraud, the doctor admitted to two. From July 2007 through October 2009, Williams submitted over 55,000 claims for $2
Posted on Health Care Fraud Blog on June 20, 2011 at 4:17 PM

SCALIA REVEALED

Lost in the uproar of the Supreme Court's decision on prison over crowding in California (Brown v. Plata) was Judge Scalia's total abandonment of his philosophy of limited, rational, and contextual jurisprudence. In its place was Scalia revealed- a blatant statist who screams loudly when his ox is gored. To wit:The Scalia that Justice Scalia wants the
Posted on Justice Building Blog on June 20, 2011 at 3:33 PM

What You Need to Know About California?s Law Against Appropriation of Lost Property

People lose property all the time?jewelry, money, keys, etc. And the people who find that lost property are often so excited to do so. Little do they know that they could end up facing criminal charges under Penal Code 485 PC California?s law against appropriation of lost property if they keep the property despite the fact that there were clues as to
Posted on California Criminal Defense Blog on June 20, 2011 at 3:30 PM

"Administering Justice: Removing Statutory Barriers to Reentry"

The title of this piece is the title of this new forthcoming article from Joy Radice now available via SSRN. Here is the abstract: After years of swelling prison populations, the reentry into society of people with criminal convictions has...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 20, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Opinion on right to counsel in civil contempt leading to imprisonment

The case is Turner v. Rogers. Here is the syllabus: After a South Carolina family court ordered petitioner Turner to pay $51.73 per week to respondent Rogers to help support their child,Turner repeatedly failed to pay the amount due and...
Posted on CrimProf Blog on June 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Parents ? When Your Kids Commit Crimes, You are On the Hook! Know Your Parental Rights and Responsibilities When it Comes to Juvenile Delinquency

Parents are legally responsible for their children until they are 18 years old. This means that when children commit crimes, parents are responsible for paying for those crimes. Any costs associated with restitution, incarceration or legal fees will ultimately be your responsibility, which is why it?s important to understand your parental rights and
Posted on California Criminal Defense Blog on June 20, 2011 at 1:12 PM

The High Cost of Wrongful Convictions

That's the title of a new report on Illinois exonerations issued today by the Better Government Association and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University. Wrongful convictions of men and women for violent crimes in Illinois have cost taxpayers...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Inside San Quentin, Some Prisoners Are Able to Go to College

Inside San Quentin, Inmates Go To College by Richard Gonzales, National Public Radio June 20, 2011 Correction officials in California see San Quentin State Prison, once a notoriously violent place, as a model for reform at a time when the...
Posted on The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog on June 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Latest Lauren Stevens Bombshell: Maryland U.S. Attorney Refused To Sign Indictment

Corporate Counsel's Sue Reisinger reports here that Rod Rosenstein, the universally respected U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, refused to sign his name on either Lauren Stevens indictment, because he did not believe that the evidence was sufficient to...
Posted on White Collar Crime Prof Blog on June 20, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Five Myths---Challenging everything you think you know. By Marc Mauer and David Cole--Washington Post

Five Myths---Challenging everything you think you know By Marc Mauer and David Cole Published: June 17, 2011--The Washington Post No country on Earth imprisons more people per capita than the United States. But for America, mass incarceration has proved a...
Posted on The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog on June 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM

California's Costly Death Penalty

Today's Los Angeles Times reports, "Death penalty costs California $184 million a year, study says: A senior judge and law professor examine rising costs of the program. Without major reforms, they conclude, capital punishment will continue to exist mostly in...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM

ISAIAH DEANGELO DORTCH, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL FIRST DISTRICT, STATE OF FLORIDA NOT FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE MOTION FOR REHEARING AND DISPOSITION THEREOF IF FILED   ISAIAH DEANGELO DORTCH, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.   CASE NO. 1D10-2121   Opinion filed June 20, 2011. An appeal from the Circuit Court for Duval County. [...]
Posted on Florida Criminal Law Opinions on June 20, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Ambassador Thomas Pickering on the Leal Case

His Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post is titled, " Delay this execution." The Post got it right in calling on government officials to diligently uphold our international treaty commitment to allow foreigners prompt and ongoing consular assistance...
Posted on StandDown Texas Project on June 20, 2011 at 10:27 AM

More Oversight At the Top - Avoiding Needless Prosecutions

Sue Reisinger at Corporate Counsel has this fascinating piece titled, Why Didn't the Maryland U.S. Attorney Sign the Lauren Stevens Indictment? But there are some additional questions that need answers. Why if a top US Attorney is not willing to...
Posted on White Collar Crime Prof Blog on June 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Notable SCOTUS ruling in right to counsel Turner v. Rogers case

Thanks again to the SCOTUSblog folks doing their always effective live-blogging, I can provide this early report on the first notable ruling today for procedure fans: The first opinion is Turner v. Rogers, the right to counsel case. Opinion is...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

New article details high costs of California's dysfunctional death penalty

As reported in this lengthy Los Angeles Times piece, which is headlined "Death penalty costs California $184 million a year, study says," a new article breaks down the considerable economic costs of California's capital punishment system. Here are some of...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 20, 2011 at 9:20 AM

A Post For Me, Don't Read It, I Don't Care. It's A Bookmark For Me

I took the last week to breathe. For the first time since 1999, I am no longer in a leadership position in the criminal defense bar. (Immediate Past President is an official position in FACDL, but my main job is to keep quiet unless asked to speak). Last Saturday night June 11th, I gave my awards, got my engraved marble Washington Monument looking mome
Posted on Criminal Defense on June 20, 2011 at 9:17 AM

A Post For Me, Don't Read It, I Don't Care. It's A Bookmark For Me

I took the last week to breathe. For the first time since 1999, I am no longer in a leadership position in the criminal defense bar. (Immediate Past President is an official position in FACDL, but my main job is to keep quiet unless asked to speak). Last Saturday night June 11th, I gave my awards, got my engraved marble Washington Monument looking mome
Posted on Criminal Defense on June 20, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Stinky Business in Florida

Two Florida women must have really been suffering from sweaty armpits, as they were caught on camera stealing 75 sticks of deodorant from a grocery store last Monday evening Of course you have to be selective with these things, not...
Posted on Bizarre Crimes of the Week on June 20, 2011 at 9:14 AM

"Could flogging solve our prison crisis?"

The question in the title of this post come from the headline of this new Salon piece, which includes a Q&A with the author of a new provocative book titled "In Defense of Flogging." Here is how the piece starts:...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 20, 2011 at 9:02 AM

The Securities Investor Protection Corporation, email and telephone phishing scam targeting investors, SIPC warns of investor phishing scam, protecting financial information from phishers - Financial Planning

The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) is warning investors that a scammer -- or perhaps a group of scammers -- is preying on people who have already been victimized by previous investment scams, calling them or sending them unsolicited emails in an attempt to steal their money and their most sensitive personal and financial information.
Posted on SECLaw.com on June 20, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Nebraska yet another state struggling with high prison population and its costs

As detailed in this effective local article, headlined "Prisons losing crowding battle," the Cornhusker State is struggling with prison over-population problems. Here are some of the particulars from an article that effectively details one state's on-going struggle with crowded and...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 20, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Seventh Circuit reverses conviction due to feds knowing use of perjured testimony

Late last Friday the Seventh Circuit handed down US v. Freeman, No. 09-4043 (7th Cir. June 17, 2011) (available here), a remarkable opinion because it affirms the grant of a new trial to a defendant based on federal prosecutors' knowing...
Posted on Sentencing Law and Policy on June 20, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Meet Elsa Alcala, newest Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge

While I was out on vacation a little over a week ago, Texas' latest Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Elsa Alcala, was invested as the court's ninth member, replacing Charles Holcolmb who announced his retirement last year. Alcala was first appointed a state district judge by George W. Bush after a stint in the Harris County DA's office, then later appo
Posted on Grits for Breakfast on June 20, 2011 at 7:16 AM

W.D.N.C.: Lawyer's state law objection to subpoena to appear at federal suppression hearing was denied

A[n apparent] family lawyer was ordered to appear at a federal court suppression hearing, and his state law objections as to privilege to his testifying were overruled. United States v. Jeremias, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63989 (W.D. N.C. June 15, 2011).* Based on all the evidence, the stop of defendant, a black male running down the street, was justified
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 20, 2011 at 6:36 AM

E.D.Va.: SW that mentioned no persons did not permit a search of persons found on the premises

The search warrant for property failed to include persons in the description of the place to be searched, and the warrant thus did not permit a search of defendant?s person. The good faith exception did not save it because the search warrant was facially deficient for a search of the person. United States v. Gregg, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63908 (E.D. Va.
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 20, 2011 at 6:29 AM

CA6: Stop without RS was not validated by finding an outstanding arrest warrant

Similar to Echols, posted just below, defendant was stopped without reasonable suspicion, the court noting that it had dealt with a similar case before with the same officer, and an outstanding warrant was found. The existence of the warrant did not validate the unreasonable seizure because, holding otherwise, would create perverse incentives on the po
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 20, 2011 at 6:14 AM

TX: Mature teenager [13] had apparent authority for at least an entry

A mature teenager [13] had apparent authority to consent to an entry into the house, but not likely a search. On the facts of this case, this teenager had apparent authority for the entry. Limon v. State, 2011 Tex. Crim. App. LEXIS 830 (June 15, 2011) (dissent), revg Limon v. State, 314 S.W.3d 694 (Tex. App.--Corpus Christi 2010) (posted here): Simila
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 20, 2011 at 6:04 AM

TN: Outstanding warrant does not validate an arrest without probable cause

Defendant?s arrest was without probable cause. It isn?t valid just because there is a warrant for his arrest. Otherwise, anybody could be arrested. State v. Echols, 2011 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 442 (June 14, 2011): The trial court found that the appellant's having an outstanding warrant justified the arrest even though the officers did not know about t
Posted on Fourth Amendment on June 20, 2011 at 5:44 AM

3RD DCA NOMINEES

The following applicants have been nominated for a seat on the 3rd District Court of Appeals:Circuit Judge Jennifer D. Bailey.Circuit Judge Ivan F. Fernandez.Circuit Judge Jose M. Rodriguez.Bambi Groff Blum, Esq.Thomas W. Logue, Esq. Edwin A. Scales III., Esq.Good luck. Site Feed
Posted on Justice Building Blog on June 20, 2011 at 4:28 AM

FBI investigates harrassing phone calls at casino www.privateofficer.com

    EAST BREMERTON WA June 20 2011 ? The FBI is investigating a man who made harassing calls to Chips Casino on Friday and Saturday and apparently has been doing the same thing elsewhere. A Chips’ accountant and security manager told deputies they received at least 30 harassing calls Saturday and at least 17 [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Russellville teacher arrested for student sex incidents www.privateofficer.com

  Russellville AL June 20 2011 29 year old Kimberly Bynum a Vina High School math teacher from Russellville, was arrested and charged with being in a sexual relationship with a 17 year old former student. “We had some people call and report it to us that this was going on,” said Franklin County Sheriff [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Dothan Alabama teacher faces felony for having student sex encounter www.privateofficer.com

    Dothan Al June 20 2011 Police arrested a Northview High School teacher Friday on a charge he had sex with one of his students. Dothan police arrested Calvin Bell-Tharpe, 30, Friday afternoon, and charged him with “felony school employee engaging in a sex act or sexual intercourse with a student under the age [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:38 AM

Shoplifter kills himself at Florida KMart www.privateofficer.com

  Pasco County, FL June 20 2011– A suspected shoplifter is dead after deputies say he shot himself in the head. Deputies responded to the Kmart located at 12412 U.S. 19 Hudson after receiving a call that 52-year-old David Harris Shafley was stopped by store security for shoplifting. Investigators say he tried to steal batteries [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Allentown teacher under arrested for corruption of minor www.privateofficer.com

  Allentown PA June 20 2011 An Allentown High School teacher is accused of having sex with a student. Gabrielle Marvelli of Quakertown turned herself in to police this morning. Marvelli is charged with corruption of minors and faces up to 5 years in jail. According to investigators, Marvelli had sex with the teen at [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Escondido teacher had sex in classroom with student www.privateofficer.com

  Escondido CA June 20 2011 An Escondido teacher was arrested Friday on suspicion of having sexual contact with a student, on one occasion in his classroom while other students were watching a movie, police said. Mario Humerez, 35, was arrested without incident at his home in San Marcos, Escondido police said. He was booked [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Lawsuit against alarm company claims double murder preventable www.privateofficer.com

    BENTONVILLE ARK June 20 2011 ? A lawsuit claims a double murder may have been prevented or the suspects arrested at the crime scene if a security firm had not canceled a police dispatch to the residence. Rogers attorney Eugene Kelley and Tulsa, Okla., attorney Laurence Pinkerton filed the suit in Benton County [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Houston TSA agent arrested in theft sting www.privateofficer.com

  HOUSTON TX June 20 2011 ? A Transportation Security Administration security officer has been accused of stealing from passengers. Karla R. Morgan, 49, who worked at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, was arrested by Houston police on Thursday. She has been charged with misdemeanor theft. Sources said investigators set up stings after they got a [.
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:31 AM

Armored truck robbed in Bowling Green KY www.privateofficer.com

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. June 20 2011- Two men stole an undisclosed amount of money from an armored car Thursday afternoon in Bowling Green, KY, authorities said. The Bowling Green Police Department said they received a call at 1:04 p.m. about the robbery. Police said two black males approached one of the armored car [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Florida man indicted in armored car robbery-shooting www.privateofficer.com

  Miami Fla June 20 2011 A 26-year-old North Miami Beach man made his first appearance in federal court on Wednesday after being indicted for an armored-car robbery and shooting near Boca Raton, according to U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer. Kerby Aurelhomme, the driver of the Premium Armored Services van, is accused of being involved [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:29 AM

Two woman win lawsuits against Kroger after parking lot attacks www.privateofficer.com

  Hinds County MS June 20 2011 A second woman has won a jury verdict against Kroger from an assault on the parking lot of the I-55 store. Amy Smith’s award, however, is much less than the $2.5 million verdict Linda Knox won against the retail food chain in 2009. A Hinds County Circuit Court [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Man clubs family to death with baseball bat before committing suicide www.privateofficer.com

  WARRINGTON, Pa.June 20 2011 (AP) ? A man clubbed his wife and 7-year-old son to death with a baseball bat before committing suicide on a set of train tracks, authorities said Saturday. Warrington Township police Officer Ken Hawthorn said Christopher Moyer called 911 on Friday night to say that he had killed his wife, [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:27 AM

Elderly woman sets fire to post office www.privateofficer.com

  Lodi CA June 20 2011 An elderly woman was arrested Thursday morning after allegedly starting a fire in the Lockeford post office. Rebecca Lov Anderson, 67, allegedly was agitated because she could not receive mail from her post office box, said Marsha Damzy, the head security officer for the post office. The fire started [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Security guard chases down-shoots at alledged armed man www.privateofficer.com

  Vallejo CA June 20 2011 A 23-year-old armed Vallejo man narrowly escaped being shot by a Vallejo apartment complex security guard early Wednesday, but the gun he was allegedly carrying vanished in the confusion, police said Thursday. The episode, which happened at about 2 a.m. in the 900 block of Porter Street, drew a [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Former security officer sues Fla company for sexual harrassment www.privateofficer.com

  DADE CITY Fla June 20 2011 ? A former security guard has sued an aluminum company and the owner of the Dade City Business Center, claiming she was fired after complaining about a worker who sexually harassed her. Wanda J. Carter worked as a security guard from September to May at Stiefel Aluminum, a [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Chicago gun registration has not slowed crime-many are exempt from law www.privateofficer.com

  Chicago IL June 20 2011 Marty Zamora will be the first to tell you he’s a gun guy?he owns seven handguns and four rifles. He likes to shoot at a suburban range for sport, but he says that’s not the main reason he has them. “Everybody on my block has been robbed but me,” [...]
Posted on Private Officer News on June 20, 2011 at 12:23 AM

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