Category Archives: Criminal Law

Senator Hatch Retiring at End of Term

Siobhan Hughes reports for the WSJ:Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) said he would retire when his term ends early next year, opening the door for a possible political comeback by 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney."Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves," Mr. Hatch, 83 years old, said in a statement. "And for me, that time is soon approaching. That's why, after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I've decided to retire at the end of this term."Senator Hatch has been a champion of the cause of justice for a long time.  His leadership in getting the habeas reforms of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 was essential to that landmark legislation.  We thank him for his service and wish him well in his retirement... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Looking at enduring challenges in Miller's application in Louisiana and elsewhere

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More one-sided MSM reporting on Austin PD retirements

Grits had earlier cited reporting by local journalists over projected retirements by Austin police officers in the wake of the city council rejecting their police-union contract as an example of the local press acting as a mouthpiece for proponents of the contract. The spin before the contract vote was that up to 300 officers could retire if the council didn't approve it, a number Chief Brian Manley amended to up-to-160 on the night of the city-council vote, after touting the higher number for weeks. Now, the real numbers are out and KXAN-TV has published the most misleading report yet, again without letting contract critics correct the spin. It turns out, only 33 officers are retiring this month before the new contract terms take effect, or about 5% of the highest, earlier estimates being touted in headlines and TV news stories. Reported KXAN in their lede:The number of Austin police officers leaving the department spiked this month, nearly doubling the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Florida Federal Drug Defense Attorney Publishes Typical Federal Criminal Complaint for Drug Charges

Sample Federal Criminal ComplaintFlorida Federal Drug Defense Attorney, W.F. ''Casey'' Ebsary, Jr. has published a Typical Federal Criminal Complaint for Drug Charges. The names and identities have been edited. The Criminal Complaint was used by Federal Agents in a recent drug investigation.Typical Federal Criminal Complaint for Drug ChargesI, the undersigned complainant, being duly sworn, state the following is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, On or about May 26, 2009, in Polk County, in the Middle District of Florida, an individual did, possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids, a Schedule Ill controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841. I further state that I am a Special Agent with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and that this Complaint is based on the following facts:SEE ATTACHED AFFIDAVITI, Special Agent, being duly sworn, hereby depose and state as follows:I am a….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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New York State Tightens Hate Crime Laws Following Charlottesville

“What are these illegal immigrants doing here? I hate immigrant people,” yelled David Caputo according to prosecutors. The diminutive man had a machete when he threatened to kill and man on a Sunset Park street in June. On December 6, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun refused prosecutors’ request to boost Caputo’s bail to $10,000. Caputo pleaded not guilty and allowed to walk on his own recognizance. If Caputo is convicted, he is looking at a maximum of four years in prison. Caputo isn’t the only American right-wing terrorist — just the latest. Majority Of Hate Crimes Committed By White, American Males Since 9/11 the majority — by far — of domestic terrorism incidents were carried out by right-wing, American perpetrators. A study by The Center for Investigative Reporting shows right-wing terrorists responsible for twice as many events as Islamist terrorists in America since the World Trade Center attacked sixteen years….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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