Category Archives: Criminal Law

18 Exonerated in Chicago’s Second Mass Exoneration

Today, Cook County Chief Judge Leroy Martin dismissed the convictions of 18 people alleged to have been framed by former Chicago police Sergeant Ronald Watts and his tactical unit. Today’s mass exoneration, which involves drug cases brought between 2003 and 2008, brings the total number of Watts-related exonerations to 42. Today’s decision arrives one year after the convictions of 15 men, who Watts and his team similarly framed, were overturned—marking the first mass exoneration in Cook County history. The men accused Watts of extorting, framing, threatening and harassing them, along with other residents of the Ida B. Wells housing project. Related: Lawsuit Claims Chicago Police Sergeant Framed 15 Men for Drug Crimes “We continue to hear that many of these arrests were purely conjured,” said Mark Rotert, the Chief of the State’s Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit. “They were basically arresting people and framing them or….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Two Vehicle Injury Crash on SH-27 North of Burley in Minidoka County

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE – generated by our News Release ListServer DO NOT REPLY ————————————————————————— IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000 Fax (208) 324-7897 For Immediate Release: 9/22/18 8:15 p.m. Please direct questions to the District Office On Saturday, September 22, 2018, at approximately 10:05 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle injury crash on SH-27 near milepost 24, just north of Burley, in Minidoka County. Carolina Rodriguez, 25, of Paul, was driving southbound on SH-27 in a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible. Anthony J. King, 24, of Heyburn, was also driving southbound on SH-27 in a 2016 Western Star truck. The Mitsubishi struck the rear of the truck, rolled and came to rest on its roof. One of the juveniles was ejected. Rodriguez was transported via air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, ID. Rodriguez….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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WaPo: Pr. George’s police thought they were bursting into home of a drug dealer. They were at an innocent man’s door instead.

WaPo: Pr. George’s police thought they were bursting into home of a drug dealer. They were at an innocent man’s door instead. by Lynh Bui and Clarence Williams: A police search warrant team going after a drug dealer targeted the … Continue reading →.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Police Made Unexpected Discovery During Domestic Dispute Visit

When the police went to a residence the day after a domestic violence event was reported they had their attention turned to an alleged stash of illegal items inside of the home. Kennett County Police Department officers arrived at the residence of 23-year-old Taja Rena Welton on Thursday afternoon regarding a domestic dispute claim reported on Wednesday. Welton answered the door to speak with them, and the police reported detecting a strong smell resembling marijuana. The officers asked Welton if they could come inside and look around and she allegedly consented and escorted them through her home, where a 4-year-old child was also residing. While walking through as the police performed their inspected Welton was allegedly caught trying to hide a sizeable bag containing what they purported was synthetic marijuana. They also allegedly found a tray covered with what they believed was the same substance inside of the bag. Continue reading →.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Man Faking Down Syndrome Hires Aids for Diaper Changes

Three caregivers were hired to provide assistance to a man they believed had Down syndrome, and they allegedly discovered he lied about having the disorder in order to derive sexual gratification when they changed his diapers and cleaned his private parts. A caregiver was hired for an assignment in May after she replied to an ad that she found on a site called CareLinx, where people seeking in-home aide can connect with people who can offer them the support they need. The woman was offered the job after texting with someone named Amy, who she believed was the client’s mother. She was reportedly told that she would be attending to the needs of a 31-year-old man who has Down syndrome and needs his diapers changed, in addition to assistance when he bathes. She was further instructed that she should punish the man if he went to the bathroom in his diaper. Continue reading →.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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