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This ain’t Norman Rockwell anymore….

Remember those Norman Rockwell paintings of Americana? To me, it seemed they were created to relieve the worry and stress of your (often) complex life. I am not sure anyone can even relate to that art anymore considering our technological advancements in the last 100 years. But I digress, because I am actually referring to how the media, and especially social media, has affected our lives.

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Kindergarten Girl Charged With Making a ”Terroristic Threat” — With a Hello Kitty Bubble Gun

Clarification and update: At the time the girl made the comment about shooting herself with the Hello Kitty bubble gun, she didn’t have the gun with her.


She was reportedly back in school as of January 22, 2013:
 

The title pretty much tells the story: five-year-old Pennsylvania girl says she’s going to shoot her friends and herself with a bubble gun....

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Montel and Me

Two years ago, with an article due that afternoon and no clue what I was going to write about, I was sitting on a bench outside of my son’s principal’s office when an 8-year-old boy named Charles, also waiting to see Mrs. D, sat down beside me. We chatted for …

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A Preponderance of Implication

Crowded around Scott Peterson, as he was being led into Stanislaus County Jail on April 18, were about 200 people, come to see the man who murdered his pregnant wife. One of them reportedly held up a young baby, to show Peterson what he’d given up. Almost every man and …

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Publishers Letter – Honoring Fallen Heroes of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

Last month, I wrote about a heartwarming experience regarding our nation’s changing attitudes of who is, and who isn’t a true hero.  The risks and perils that we face as a nation in one of our most trying times in history, and the difficult evolution of our own judicial system …

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Articles
“Suppression of Evidence”

by Kirk Tarman, Criminal Defense Attorney, San Bernardino County CA

This article is designed to give a layperson a superficial understanding of a motion to suppress.
 
Basically when an attorney says that he is going to attempt to suppress evidence in a criminal case, he is stating that he wants to keep some of the evidence from being used against the defendant.
 
The statutory basis for suppressing evidence in California is Penal Code §1538.5 which states in part:
 
(a)(1) A defendant may move for....

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The Felony Process in Illinois

by David J. Shestokas, Attorney at Law

Since 1994 when I became an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County, I have been involved with persons charged by the State with violating the law. The system is at once complex and simple. It is complex when it is only looked at in bits and pieces. It is simple when there is an overview that provides how each part of the process works with the other. This article is intended as an overview, so that an individual charged with a crime.....

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Montel and Me

Two years ago, with an article due that afternoon and no clue what I was going to write about, I was sitting on a bench outside of my son’s principal’s office when an 8-year-old boy named Charles, also waiting to see Mrs. D, sat down beside me. We chatted for …

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A Preponderance of Implication

Crowded around Scott Peterson, as he was being led into Stanislaus County Jail on April 18, were about 200 people, come to see the man who murdered his pregnant wife. One of them reportedly held up a young baby, to show Peterson what he’d given up. Almost every man and …

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“Arrested – DUI Penalties” by Steve Citti, Criminal Defense Attorney, Alameda County CA

DUI cases differ from most criminal cases because they are one of the few misdemeanors for which California law requires a certain mandatory minimum sentence.  Almost all other misdemeanors convictions, even much more serious ones, carry no mandatory minimum sentence: Your attorney is free to negotiate the best sentence possible …

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News
Police: Client arrested in escort's 2007 killing

This undated law enforcement booking photo provided by the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Office shows Lester Ralph Jones. Investigators said they have arrested Jones in the killing of a Colorado woman who led a double life as a devoted mom and a paid escort before she disappeared in 2007. Police on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 arrested Jones, 63, on charges of murder, kidnapping and arson in the death of 34-year-old Paige Birgfeld, of Grand Junction, Colo. Birgfeld's remains were found in a dry creek bed in 2012. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation's cold-case team was assigned the case. (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Office)DENVER (AP) — A single mother who vanished from western Colorado more than seven years ago led a double life as a paid escort with many unsavory clients, investigators say.


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Connecticut man pleads not guilty in son's death in hot car
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of his 15-month-old son, who died on a hot summer day after the father left him in the back seat of his car and went into work. The cause of the boy's death on July 7 was "hyperthermia due to environmental exposure," the chief state medical examiner's office said, ruling the death as a homicide in August. Kyle Seitz, who faces up to a year in jail if convicted, has said he forgot he had the toddler in the back seat when he arrived at his ...
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Accused member of terrorist group extradited to US
WASHINGTON (AP) — An accused member of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia has been extradited to the United States to face charges of hostage-taking and terrorism targeting Americans.
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Soldier sentenced to life in girlfriend's slaying
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murder in the slaying of his soldier girlfriend has been ordered to spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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Bank of America hires U.S. officials for financial crime team

The Bank of America building is shown in Los Angeles, California(Reuters) - Bank of America has hired two U.S. government officials to join its financial crimes team, according to three people familiar with the matter, as banks are under increasing pressure to police their transactions for suspicious activity.


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In 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Justice estimated 12,410,323 arrests occurred nationwide. At the end of 2012, there were 2,228,438 people incarcerated in Federal, State, private, and local jail facilities. Of that number, 744,524 inmates were being held in local jail facilities, of which an estimated 60% were awaiting court action on their pending charges. When you include people on parole and probation, about 6.94 million people were supervised by the U.S. adult correctional systems, which was the equivalent to about 1 in 35 U.S. adults. The numbers are truly staggering....

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The California Death Penalty From the Defense Viewpoint
Posted on May 11th, 2014 by Ray Hrdlicka

Wally Farrell, Criminal Defense Attorney in San Bernardino and Riverside County CA, now deceased, was interviewed by Crime, Justice & America about his viewpoint as a Criminal Defense Attorney and the California Death Penalty. How does an attorney deal with those issues? Ethically and morally, how did he do his …

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Suppression, Dismissal, and Discovery Motions
Posted on May 11th, 2014 by Ray Hrdlicka

Motions are one of the most important aspects of a criminal case before getting to trial. Kirk Tarman, criminal defense attorney in San Bernardino County CA, discusses suppression motions based upon the 4th Amendment, dismissal motions, discovery motions, and more… for a glimpse into the preparation of a criminal case. …

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Can You Get Arrested When Protecting Yourself?
Posted on May 11th, 2014 by Ray Hrdlicka

Spencer Freeman, a criminal defense attorney in Tacoma and Seattle Washington, discusses a recent case with Crime, Justice & America where the defendant was charged with brandishing a weapon, obstruction of justice, and more while ostensibly protecting himself on his front porch. A potential important 2nd Amendment case that could …

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Teacher Fired For Calling Her Students ”Future Criminals” on Facebook
Posted on February 8th, 2013 by Bill Bickel

Jennifer O’Brien, a New Jersey first grade teacher, has been fired for writing on her Facebook page “I’m not a teacher — I’m a warden for future criminals,” and that her students should take part in a “scared straight” program. She’d intended the posts to be read only by her Facebook “friends” of course, but.....

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How Many Gun-Related Deaths Has the United States Seen in the Eight Weeks Following the Newtown, Connecticut Shootings?
Posted on February 13th, 2013 by Bill Bickel
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You Be the Judge: The Case of the Glass Eye
Posted on February 14th, 2013 by Bill Bickel

A man is on trial for puncturing another man’s eye with a key during a fight outside a Philadelphia bar. The victim is on the stand, testifying, when his prosthetic eye suddenly pops out and falls into his hand.....

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