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Colorado Supreme Court Rules That Unlawful Sexual Contact Is a Lesser Included Offense of Sexual Assault

by Christopher Zoukis

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on September 11, 2017 that the crime of unlawful sexual contact is a lesser included offense of sexual assault, meaning the two must merge.

This was the second case dealing with lesser included offenses decided by the Supreme Court on the same ...

$102,437 Jury Award in Miami Beach Florida False Arrest Case

A Florida jury found for the plaintiff in a false arrest claim on February 28, 2013. The plaintiff, Dale Picardat, Jr., alleged that he was accosted by Miami Beach police officer Glenn Teboe when he was walking to his ex-girlfriend's house to install hurricane shutters. Because Picardat was carrying ...

$6,700 Jury Award in San Antonio Texas Police Brutality Case

A six person federal jury found for the plaintiff in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 excessive force case on January 29, 2013.

The plaintiff, Gwendolyn Evans, claimed that San Antonio, Texas police officers Felipe Ramos and James Schneider violated her civil rights on December 10, 2009. According to ...

$5,485,394 Award in New York Wrongful Conviction Case

Daniel Gristwood was a 29-year-old printer when he was arrested for the attempted murder of his wife on January 12, 1996. He initially confessed to the crime, and was convicted in New York state court based on that confession. Gristwood was sentenced to 12.5 years to 25 years in ...

FBI Ordered to Speed Up FOIA Document Production

A judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered the FBI to greatly increase the speed at which it is producing documents responsive to a professor's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

The request was made by Professor Nina Gilden Seavey, a documentary ...

Ohio Supreme Court Declares Poor Relative Not Suitable to Adopt Her Nephew

By Christopher Zoukis

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that an imprisoned mother's sister was not a suitable placement for the mother's sheltered child because she was poor.

Brittany J. gave birth to A.J. in July 2014 while imprisoned on a five year ...


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