A retired Utica, Michigan, teacher who was recently convicted of possession of child pornography has been sentenced in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan in Detroit to 20 years. The sentence was the maximum faced by the man after he pleaded guilty to the federal charge last year.
In any criminal prosecution involving allegations that the defendant committed a violent crime such as aggravated assault or murder, important issues such as intent, self-defense and witness credibility come into play. In many cases, competing versions of events must be considered, and this issue is very likely to arise in domestic violence cases.
May 7 - IONIA, MIClient is charged with three felony counts of fleeing the police during a high speed chase on a motorcycle. Client was originally held in Ionia County on 50K cash/surety bond, no 10% alternative. Monday, in 64A District Court, Mr. Freeman conducted a bond hearing and successfully convinced the court to lower the bond to $20K with a 10% cash alternative. After surrendering his driver's license and posting $2,000 cash, the client was released. A preliminary examination is scheduled in late-May.
Today, former federal prosecutor John Freeman was quoted in the Detroit Free Press regarding one of his client's who has been named in an on-going investigation involving Wayne County politics and County Executive Robert Ficano.Mr. Freeman commented regarding his client QTI, "Quantum is a legitimate business operating in the state of Michigan since 1998...Quantum was originally founded with the mission of providing cost-effective solutions for technology. Quantum, and its owner, Najwa Fakhouri, are not engaged in criminal activity. Furthermore, Quantum and Ms. Fakhouri intend to fully cooperate with the authorities in the event they are asked to do so."
Recently, federal agents searched six Walgreen stores and a distribution center in Florida as part of the federal crackdown on abuse of pain pills. Pain pills are one of the nations' most serious medical issues, accounting for nearly 15,000 deaths annually-surpassing those deaths resulting from heroin and cocaine combined.
A few hours ago, the Justice Department announced charges against a former BP engineer who allegedly government investigation in connection with the massive Deepwater Horizon disaster.The former engineer's alleged criminal actions - deleting text messages between himself and his boss. The alleged crimes - Obstruction of Justice.This recent development in the government investigation highlights that when it comes to the government's interpretation of ones conduct in the workplace, nothing is private. This includes text messages, e-mails, memos, and other items between employer and employee that at one time may have been viewed as confidential.
National research has revealed that Michigan public defenders cannot fill the duties imposed by the Sixth Amendment that are owed to defendant's who cannot afford an attorney, due to the lack of resources, skills, and necessary tools. The American Bar Association has identified required principles that the public defense system must meet to conform with the requirements of the Sixth Amendment. Recent reports show that Michigan is failing on many, if not all of these principles.
When we think of jury trials the scenes from the 1957 film 12 Angry Men probably comes to mind. Well traditionally those images were probably pretty accurate-a room full of jurors some believing the defendant is guilty within minutes of deliberation and others advocating for his innocence. Well a recent case in Macomb County shows that the modern jurors may not be so open to discussion.
We have all heard on tv and movies the phrase "beyond a reasonable doubt," but who really knows what it is? Beyond a reasonable doubt isn't just the standard that defense attorneys rattle off during a jury trial, it's the core of the American criminal justice system.
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