Category Archives: Criminal Law

Stolen Vehicle Pursuit from Bonneville County to Bingham County

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE – generated by our News Release ListServer DO NOT REPLY ————————————————————————— Idaho State Police District 6 1540 Foote Dr. Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828 (208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294 For Immediate Release: 03/19/2019 2:57PM Please direct questions to the District Office On March 19, 2019 at approximately 10:20 a.m., Idaho State Police located a stolen vehicle in Bonneville County. A 2012 GMC Acadia driven by a juvenile runaway was located at the Chevron gas station off Interstate 15 and 65th South in Bonneville County. As the Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver backed up and hit the Trooper's patrol vehicle and another vehicle that was parked. The vehicle fled and was later located by Bingham County Deputies. Bingham County Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle fled again, resulting in a pursuit in Blackfoot. The vehicle struck an embankment in a….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Paul Manafort And the Reach of Double Jeopard

Former President Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort recently received relatively light prison sentences for two federal convictions, far below the federal sentencing guidelines, in two U.S. District Courts—one in the Northern District of Virginia and the other in the District of Columbia—for a litany of bank fraud and tax evasion convictions.  Given that his second sentence was ordered to run concurrent with the first sentence, he is now facing the reality of serving approximately 81 months or 6 ½ years in the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons, far below what most non-violent drug offenders will serve.   President Trump has dangled the possibility of a pardon (or a commutation of sentence) for Manafort since his arrest in October 2017. It is widely believed that the president’s quasi-promise of a pardon for Manafort has been repeatedly extended to buy Manafort’s silence in a dozen or more criminal investigations….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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White Collar Prosecutions – Down?

Trac Reports titles the recent report, White Collar Prosecutions Hit All-Time Low in January 2019. They note that "[t]his is an historic low since monthly tracking began in October 1998." They note that "this number is down 20.3 percent over….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Police Blocked from Forcing Defendant to Give Phone Passcode

An Illinois appellate court recently upheld a lower court ruling that police could not compel a defendant to surrender his passcode in order to access his cellphone. The court determined that forcing the defendant to give up his secured digital information would violate the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects people from self-incrimination. The ruling is the latest development in an ongoing debate about whether the contents of a digital device should be treated as simply data or akin to personal testimony in a criminal case. Fifth Amendment In People v. Spicer, the defendant is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. During a traffic stop, police allegedly found a pill bottle containing cocaine inside the defendant’s car. A court approved a warrant to search the defendant’s cellphone for supporting evidence, but police could not open the phone….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Idaho Dentist Accused of Abandoning Patients

Patients of Accure Dental & Dentures wondered what happened to their dentist. They couldn't seem to get a hold of anyone who worked there, so they called the Idaho Board of Dentistry.The owner, dentist Tera Greene, went silent. Patients weren't able to get their records. Some had prepaid dental work and didn't know if they would ever get a refund.Susan Miller, executive director of the Idaho Board of Dentistry, said they started getting calls from patients saying that there were signs on the door and the doctor wasn't there. Apparently, there was supposed to be another doctor to take patients, but they found that the agreement was never fully executed, so the patients were left in the air.The board has stepped in by seizing the patient records, so the patients could take their records to their new dentist. The board has talked to at least three dozen former patients who didn't have a new dentist.Patients have complained to the Idaho Attorney….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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