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30, Oct 2014 - Emmet County Man Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Child
An Emmet County man will spend at least 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a young child. A judge sentenced Silvio Antonio Duarte-Borge for having sexual contact with someone under the age of 13.
30, Oct 2014 - City of Memphis employee indicted on embezzlement charges
A federal grand jury indicted a City of Memphis court clerk employee on charges of embezzling payments from people who were issued driving citations.
30, Oct 2014 - Rock Hill man sentenced to 30 years for sex crimes
A Rock Hill man will spend the next 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex crimes involving children.                             David Dietrich pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of criminal sexual conduct for molesting minors.   Last month, he was also sentenced in federal court in Columbia after pleading guilty to criminal exploitation of a minor ...
30, Oct 2014 - Probe of prisoner's death looks into his upgraded custody level
On Oct. 7, 20-year-old Yalex Tirado was placed under Close Custody, Level 4, which is one step below a death row inmate.
30, Oct 2014 - MTA officer convicted of assault while off-duty
(AP) A Maryland Transportation Authority police officer has been convicted in the off-duty assault of a man who was beaten in the head with a gun. A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge convicted 41-year-old Derwin Waldron on two assault charges and other counts on Wednesday. Waldron faces a minimum five-year prison sentence at his sentencing ...
30, Oct 2014 - Judge hears challenge to NC dam rights
RALEIGH (AP) — A dispute between North Carolina officials and Alcoa Inc. over the right to control the water and electricity coming from the state’s second-largest river system was set to go before a federal judge today.
30, Oct 2014 - Murderer who escaped for 3 months set for February trial
Timothy Buffington, the murderer who escaped from an Arkansas prison and spent about three months on the lam before being recaptured last month, appeared in court Wednesday for the first time on charges tied to his escape.
30, Oct 2014 - Federal appeals court considers capital murderer's for parole eligibility
A serial rapist and capital murderer who escaped a death sentence because of his age is now challenging his life-without-parole sentence before a federal appeals court.
30, Oct 2014 - Pascagoula's Robert Hinger sentenced for producing, possessing child pornography
Robert Hinger (JCSO photo)  PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- A Jackson County man is going to prison after admitting to possessing and producing child pornography, Attorney General Jim Hood announced today. Robert Hinger Jr., 48, of Pascagoula, appeared before Judge Kathy Jackson...
30, Oct 2014 - Voters Face Several Decisons on November Ballot
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Missouri voters will decide a long list of local and state races next week. And then there are the four statewide questions, starting with Amendment 2. It asks whether the past criminal history of a suspect should be allowed during a trial when a suspect is charged with child sex crimes. "Missouri is one of the rare states that does not allow it,” says Dean Dankelson, Jasper ...
30, Oct 2014 - White House breach: Accused fence-jumper Omar Gonzalez indicted
Accused White House intruder Omar Gonzalez has been indicted on federal and local charges stemming from the Sept. 19 break-in in which he allegedly scaled a White House fence and entered the executive mansion through an unlocked front door.
30, Oct 2014 - Federal court orders $18 million fine over commodity pool scheme
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - A federal court ordered a California man, Ryan Nassbridges, and his companies, American Bullion Exchange ABEX Corp. and ABEX LLC, to pay a combined $18 million for alleged fraud, misappropriation and registration violations. The Commodity Futures Trading Commision alleged they fraudulently solicited $5.5 million from approximately 80 participants by saying their funds ...
30, Oct 2014 - UPDATE: Retrial Continued For Quintuple Murder Suspect In Garland CO
Samuel Conway, convicted in the 2009 shooting deaths of five people, is getting a new trial next week.
30, Oct 2014 - Beaufort doctor sentenced to 1 year for role in cocaine, prescription pills drug ring
A Beaufort doctor charged in connection with a cocaine and prescription drug ring that has led to charges against 32 people was sentenced today in Charleston to 12 months and one day in prison.
30, Oct 2014 - New Jersey Supreme Court Considers Doctor’s Duty To Disclose Lack Of Medical Malpractice Insuranc
The New Jersey Supreme Court Heard Oral Arguments On October 20, 2014 In A Case That May Decide To What Extent A Doctor Must Divulge His Medical Malpractice Insurance Coverage To Patients, Which Discusses In Today's Blog (PRWeb October 30, 2014) Read the full story at
30, Oct 2014 - Follow The Election Money? If Only We Could
One of the must-reads of this week was an interview, on the often interesting Waterbury Observer blog, with a juror in the trial of John G. Rowland.
30, Oct 2014 - Woman to plead guilty in second embezzlement case
Court papers say a Vermont woman accused of embezzlement for the second time in four years is expected to plead guilty.      Federal court records say 41-year-old Billie Laflam Preston has agreed to admit she stole more than $84,000 from Endyne Inc., an environmental testing lab where she worked as a bookkeeper. She was there from November 2011 to April 30.      Preston, of South Burlington, is ...
30, Oct 2014 - Ford found guilty in double homicide, sentencing date set
DOWNTOWN AKRON — On Oct. 22, a Summit County Common Pleas Court jury found Shawn Ford Jr., 20, of Akron, guilty of a number of charges in connection with the murder of New Franklin couple Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert, according to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.
30, Oct 2014 - Live court coverage 10/29: Sentencings
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30, Oct 2014 - Jury finds John Goodman guilty
After four and a half hours of deliberation, a six-person jury from Hillsborough County found polo mogul John Goodman guilty on all charges. Goodman, who seemed to realize the verdict would not be in his favor, left the courtroom immediately before it was read and handed his watch and cellphone to his girlfriend, Heather Hutchins. Click here to watch report As the clerk read the verdict, he ...
30, Oct 2014 - Display of gruesome photos opens Arias retrial
(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool). Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Court room of Judge Sherry Stephens in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, as the opening statements in her penalty phase retrial begins.
30, Oct 2014 - No settlement reached in David Boyce case | Crime & Legal Issues notebook
No settlement was reached recently in a $25 million wrongful conviction lawsuit filed against the City of Newport News and several past police officers by a man who spent 23 years behind bars before being released from prison last year.
30, Oct 2014 - Judge denies temporary restraining order against Uber
A judge denied a temporary restraining order that prevented Uber from operating in Las Vegas.
30, Oct 2014 - Supreme Court denies Chesterfield Township’s request to appeal Rosie O’Grady’s ruling
The Michigan Supreme Court recently denied a request from Chesterfield Township to appeal previous rulings involving Rosie O’Grady’s restaurant and about $30,000 in sewer tap fees.
30, Oct 2014 - Who is Pam Bondi? Florida Attorney General Fights To Keep Gay Marriage Ban
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi made headlines Friday when she asked the state to keep its ban on same-sex marriage until the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on its constitutionality.
30, Oct 2014 - California prisons to take new balance after riots
California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional...
30, Oct 2014 - John Morris Picks Up Another Major Media Endorsement In Los Angeles County For Assessor Campaign
Head Deputy District Attorney Backed Strongly By Los Angeles Daily News To Manage $1.1 Trillion in Property Valuations And Protect Prop 13. (PRWeb October 24, 2014) Read the full story at
30, Oct 2014 - Fake ice bucket challenge inspires Ohio bill
A state lawmaker from Cleveland says his proposal to require prison time for many felony crimes against disabled or elderly victims was inspired by a fake ice bucket challenge that led to charges against five teenagers.
30, Oct 2014 - Saying she will not be bullied, nurse fights Maine Ebola quarantine
By Susan Heavey and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court. The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. Hickox, 33, tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa. She ...
30, Oct 2014 - Alabama State House Speaker Indicted On 23 Counts Of Corruption Charges
(Reuters) - Alabama's powerful Republican state house speaker was indicted on 23 criminal counts of corruption by a grand jury, court records released on Monday show. Mike Hubbard, who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the Alabama legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, was indicted on Friday on charges that include using his office for personal gain and ...
30, Oct 2014 - Fayette DA urges end to verbal warfare
Fayette County’s district attorney on Wednesday called for an end to personal attacks against a commissioner who has doggedly pursued a controversial $32 million prison. ...
30, Oct 2014 - District Attorney's Office files petition to remove Rodella as Rio Arriba Co. Sheriff
The 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a formal petition Tuesday requesting a judge order the termination of Rio Arriba Co. Sheriff Tommy Rodella.
30, Oct 2014 - U.S. judge gives ex-Colombian rebel 27 years prison for taking hostages
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sentenced a former member of a Colombian rebel group to 27 years in prison on Friday for his role in keeping three Americans hostage in the Colombian jungle in the mid-2000s. While the man, Alexander Beltran Herrera, did not have much contact with the hostages, his unit kept them for around two years. Herrera had also been responsible for ...
30, Oct 2014 - Philadelphia Defense Attorney Hope Lefeber Wins Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea in Federal Court
Federal Judge in U.S.A. v. Sonia Panell, No 14-80, Grants Defense Motion Based Upon Failure of Government to Disclose Brady and Giglio Evidence in Solicitation to Commit Murder for Hire Case. (PRWeb October 24, 2014) Read the full story at
30, Oct 2014 - Former Louisville Male High School principal David Mike appeals JCPS firing
During an interview with WDRB News at his office Wednesday evening, Mike's attorney William Walsh said Hargens' decision to fire Mike on Tuesday “came as a complete shock to both of us.”
30, Oct 2014 - Nearly 1,000 days in jail with no conviction
John Lewis says police stopped him without cause, beat him, ran over him with their cruiser - and charged him with assault.
30, Oct 2014 - A look back: The Susan Smith case
It was a crime that put the small town of Union, South Carolina, on the map for all the wrong reasons. That is where the story of Susan Smith began to unravel 20 years ago. 
30, Oct 2014 - High Court Gay-Marriage Advocate Fights Mississippi Ban
Mississippi’s gay-marriage ban is being challenged by the lawyer who won a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that struck down the core of a law barring federal government recognition of same-sex unions.
30, Oct 2014 - 5 Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 29
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. A South Florida man will serve more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to using stolen student identities to file fraudulent income tax returns.
30, Oct 2014 - Decision to let cop-killer deliver college commencement controversial
PLAINFIELD, Vermont- A man serving life in prison for killing a Philadelphia police officer has been selected as a commencement speaker at his Vermont alma mater.Goddard College, a liberal arts college in Plainfield with 600 students, says on its website that Mumia Abu-Jamal's recorded remarks will be played Sunday at a commencement for graduates of Goddard College. Goddard College is a liberal ...
30, Oct 2014 - A little speed for the same-sex marriage case
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage asked the Arkansas Supreme Court last week to expedite the appeal of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the ban. The Supreme Court today asked parties to respond to the motion by noon Tuesday. Briefing in the case is all but complete. Perhaps there can be a decision reached in this case before the end of 2014 and ...
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