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May 2015 Archives

Allentown man accused of running prostitution ring

The authorities claim that a man from Allentown, Pennsylvania, was in charge of a sex trafficking and prostitution ring that was known as "the program." He has now been arrested and charged for allegedly running it from back in 2009 to May of last year. The police say that the ring was all over Pennsylvania, but that it also reached outside of the state, to cities in New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

Penalties of sex crime conviction can be devastating, permanent

Any time a person is charged with a crime, it should be taken very seriously by everyone involved. After all, prosecutors, alleged victims and members of the public will typically be quite forceful when it comes to seeking a conviction and penalties; without a similarly aggressive defense, a person facing charges can be at a significant disadvantage.

Are most prisoners really in there for drug offenses?

Despite the earnest efforts of anti-drug activists, law enforcement officers and prosecutors, drug use and sales continue to be problems in the United States. At the same time, the U.S. has more people behind bars per capita than any other nation on earth by a pretty wide margin. Keeping as many people in prison as America does, however, is costly. Not only does it cost a tremendous amount to incarcerate, guard, monitor, feed, clothe and house that many people; but it's also costly in human terms.

What constitutes entrapment under federal law?

In the criminal justice system, there may be times when it seems that the crime was unfairly induced by an agent of the government. Depending on the circumstances, a federal crime could have resulted from entrapment. If you felt pressured into committing a crime by a government agent whom you did not realize was an agent, you may be able to defend your innocence.

You've been ticketed. Sit. Stay. Wait for the drug dog?

Around midnight one lovely evening a couple of years ago, a man was pulled over for driving on the highway's shoulder, which is a traffic violation in the state where this took place. The officer went through all the usual business officers do when they pull someone over for a ticket -- assessing him for signs of drunkenness, keeping an eye out for weapons, and checking his driver's license and that of his passenger for any outstanding warrants. Everything checked out fine, so the officer issued the man a written warning.

Justice Dept., federal court reassess bulk surveillance programs

Have you heard about the "Stingray" cellphone tracking device? The Stingray and its competitors are devices that mimic cellphone towers, giving users access to all the information cellphone companies collect. Like what? So-called "metadata," which reveals exactly where your phone is located, who you're calling, who's calling you, and how long your phone calls lasted-- all in real time.

Federal indictments: Bridgegate was deliberate political payback

If you're unfamiliar with the Bridgegate scandal affecting our neighbor to the east, you probably haven't been paying attention to the last three years of ramp-up coverage on the 2016 presidential election. For the uninitiated, there was a time when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was a popular governor and a serious candidate for that high office.

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