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Florida Deputy Arrested for Burglarizing 85-Year Old's Home

by Derek Gilna

West Palm Beach Sheriff's Deputy Jason Cooke was arrested for burglarizing the home of a terminally-ill Boynton Beach, Florida man who had been transported to a hospital by paramedics for a medical emergency on September 12, 2017.  Cooke used information obtained by misusing the privileges of his ...

Report: Asset Forfeiture Distorts Police Priorities

by Derek Gilna

A new report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

argues that drug-crime  asset forfeiture by law enforcement agencies, which it termed "police for profit," could have had unintended consequences beyond the well-documented abuses of the process.  That report explained  that these asset forfeitures were ...

Las Vegas Police Officer Found Guilty of Physically Abusing Handcuffed Suspect

by Derek Gilna

 Former Las Vegas police officer Richard Scavone pleaded guilty in October of 2017, in federal court, of assaulting a handcuffed female suspect.  The guilty plea sets the stage for his future sentencing, when he will face a possible penalty of one year in jail and a $100,000 ...

Brooklyn Teen Claims Two NYPD Detectives Raped Her, Demands Justice

by Derek Gilna

An 18-year old woman who calls herself Anna Chambers has created a firestorm after she claimed that two Hew York Police Deparment (NYPD) Brooklyn South  detectives raped her on September 15, 2017,  after a drug arrest, and then forced her to perform oral sex on them afterwards. ...

Sheriff's Officials Indicted After Abusive School Drug Sweep

by Derek Gilna

An unprecedented school-wide  sweep of Worth County High School by Worth County, Georgia, Sheriff's officials on April 14, 2017,  allegedly carried out to search for drugs came up empty, but instead resulted in charges filed against  Sheriff Jeff Hobby, and two of his deputies for alleged sexual ...

Cleveland Policeman With History of Excessive Force Arraigned on Assault Charges

by Derek Gilna

Criminal justice experts generally agree that past behavior is the best predictor of future action, and the history of Cleveland police Sgt. Christopher Graham seems to bear that out.  Graham was charged with first-degree misdemeanor unlawful restraint and assault after being accused of throwing down  an 18-year ...

Use of Sentencing Mitigation Videos Grows

by Derek Gilna

Defendants who plead guilty on both the state and federal level generally are interviewed by the sentencing jurisdiction’s probation department, which seeks background information regarding the criminal history, family history, and health history of the defendant in order to assist the judge in determining an appropriate sentence. ...

Curb False Confessions: Provide Suspects With Lawyers

by Derek Gilna

According to the nonprofit National Registry of Exonerations, Cook County, Illinois has a false confession rate three times higher than the national average. In November 2017, Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx dropped criminal cases against 15 men because of police misconduct, a development the Chicago Tribune referred ...

California Legalization of Marijuana Allows Convicted to Petition

by Derek Gilna

Proposition 64, which legalizes the sale of recreational marijuana in the state of California, also has a less publicized benefit for those with state marijuana felonies on their record. It allows them to petition to have their convictions reduced or dismissed.

This has the potential to be ...

$5.5 Million Verdict Against LAPD for Taser Death of Former Marine

by Derek Gilna

The City of Los Angeles has beenhit with a $5.5 million jury verdict in November of 2017 for the death of a former Marine who was Tased six times in a row by the Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) while they were attempting to restrain him. Michael ...

 

 

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