When it comes to alleged computer crime at the border, assume that Customs and Border Protection Agents will search and learn exactly what is on the data storage devices of your computer.
In the Justice System in America, it is generally not criminal to fail to render asssitance to an adult who could use your help. However, recently in California a nurse employed at an independent living facility, refused to provide CPR to a dying elderly woman because the facility had a policy against administering CPR to its members. Although the facility maintains that its members were fully aware of its no-CPR policy, police have opened a criminal investigation to determine whether any criminal charges should be filed.
When it comes to the Police & You, many people are shocked to learn that the police may legally resort to a variety of seemingly underhanded tactics in order to obtain a confession from a suspect in a criminal case. For example, the police may flat-out lie to a suspect during questioning. Thus, the only sure way to protect your rights if you are questioned by the police is to clearly and unambiguously assert both your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney.
White Collar Crime can result in significant jail time.
The ongoing violent crime saga of who killed Jane Bashara, the deceased wife of Bob Bashara, took a very strange turn yesterday. Authorities say they have Bob Bashara on tape offering $2,000 to a hit man to kill Joseph Gentz, the man Bob Bashara allegedly hired to kill Jane Bashara. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy stated that Bashara had numerous meetings with several different individuals between June 8 and June 25 regarding killing Gentz as he waits in jail before his trial on July 23. Bashara is expected to be arraigned today in 36th District Court in Detroit. Worthy stated in a press conference earlier today that Bashara was being charged with one count of solicitation to murder.
Several reports of Michigan hit-and-run accidents have been in the spotlight recently around the metro-Detroit area. In Harrison Township, a woman is being held in jail on $50,000 bond for striking a 17-year-old bicyclist. She is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Another accident occurred in Pittsfield Township where two teen siblings from Royal Oak were killed when a minivan attempted to merge into the same lane as the vehicle they were in. The driver in that accident has not been found.
One month after the start of the Bobby Ferguson bid rigging trial, the white-collar crime case was sent to a Detroit federal jury to begin deliberations. June 15, 2012 was the first day the jury began deliberating the guilt or innocence of Ferguson. He is accused of federal crimes in Detroit involving rigging contract bids in an effort to secure a $12-million project at the low-income housing project Garden View Estates. According to the prosecution, Ferguson allegedly ran Xcel Construction Services, the construction manager of the project, and authorized over $9 million worth of contracts to be acquired through his other company, Ferguson Enterprises. The prosecution argues that the Xcel checkbook was in Ferguson's possession, which is tantamount to controlling the operation, and amounts to a conflict of interest.
Last week, Mr. Freeman helped a client walk out of Oakland County Circuit Court with his family instead of potentially facing months incarcerated. The client was charged with home invasion and the prosecution requested jail time. Mr. Freeman convinced the Judge to agree to give the client a chance to prove himself and sentenced the client under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA). HYTA is a program that gives a defendant an opportunity to prove to the court that he does not deserve to have a criminal record. HYTA is available for defendants 17 to 20 years of age, and for charges that do not carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, major controlled substance offenses, or traffic offenses.
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.