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Where Does a Falsely Accused Rapist Go to Get His Reputation Back

In 1987, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Donovan was found not guilty of alleged larceny and fraud. Upon his acquittal, Donovan asked, “Which office do I go to get my reputation back?” The same question can be applied to others who are wrongly accused. Consider the case of Kenneth King. In October 2011, he… Read More »

Why the George Zimmerman Jury Got It Right

A criminal jury trial is not a popularity contest. In the days following the jury’s decision that George Zimmerman was not guilty of the second-degree murder or manslaughter of Trayvon Martin, the press reported on many who protested the jury’s verdict. The U.S. Department of Justice, which had started an investigation following Martin’s death, promised… Read More »

No Warrant Needed for Cellphone Data, Federal 5th Circuit Judges Rule

A panel of three federal judges ruled on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in a 2-to-1 decision that police officers in the Fifth Circuit need only a court order (not a search warrant) to obtain access to locational data from your cell phone records.   Reasoning that geographical information collected by telephone companies becomes part of the… Read More »

Prosecutors React to Rise in Violent Theft of Smart Phones, Put Stop to “Apple-Picking”

Criminals have an economic incentive to steal your smartphone.  Several websites offer to pay top dollar for your old mobile devices and some kiosks allow you to deposit mobile devices anonymously into a repository for an immediate cash reward.  Violent criminals have caught on to a money-making scheme, so, it should come as no surprise… Read More »

Downloading into Prosecution

The federal government has been quite aggressive in prosecuting Internet downloaders under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, so aggressive that one downloader, Aaron Swartz, committed suicide in despair. Swartz, a computer genius who developed RSS and Reddit, was a fierce Internet activist who believed that academic papers and research, often funded by government and… Read More »

New Forensic Test May Be Used in Homicide Investigations

Canadian police are using a new forensic test, stable isotope analysis, to determine where a homicide victim may have lived before death. Isotopes are variations of basic chemical elements and are deposited in hair and bone through food and water consumption. This stable isotope analysis has been used in several European criminal investigations. Questions have… Read More »

Drugs Missing from Southampton Police Crime Unit

The Southampton Police Department is the latest law enforcement agency to come under scrutiny for failing to process evidence properly after an arrest and search. The missing drugs include crack, marijuana and prescription painkillers tied to a Southampton drug unit. These sloppy tactics have constitutional ramifications. It’s called the chain of evidence. In order to… Read More »

Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer Who Doesn’t Need to Be Loved

When you are looking for a criminal defense attorney, especially in a case where there is likely media coverage, whether or not the attorney is lovable just isn’t important. A criminal defense attorney should be commanding, fearless and experienced. That works better for a criminal defendant than being loved. Consider Joe Tacopina. The New York… Read More »

Types of Identity Theft

When we hear about identity theft, we think of someone taking your Social Security number or other information and using it to charge up your credit cards or empty your bank accounts. However, that is only one type of identity theft. Learn more about the types of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says… Read More »

How Will Criminal Background Checks Affect Domestic Violence Victims?

Many victims of domestic violence are reluctant to report the abuse, especially because the alleged abuser is usually a family member or loved one. But when a woman does decide to report a domestic violence incident to the police, she expects to get protection from her abuser. However, a woman reporting a domestic violence incident… Read More »