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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DELETE - You May Be Charged by the Feds

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.

Indigent Defendants: Victims of Michigan's Failing Public Defense System

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.

Social media used to find crime: who is following your news feed?

Whether you are on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter, law enforcement agencies are focusing on social media as a source for criminal activity. The NYPD has implemented a new social media unit to track leads and suspicious activity on sites such as Facebook. They look for things such as out-of-control house parties and unsolved crime. Law enforcement has found that people tend to brag about criminal activity through Facebook posts and Tweets.

DUI laws: how a few miles may make a difference

Just a few miles may make a difference on whether you are sent to jail or on probation for a first-time drunk driving offense.

Update: Do Medical Marijuana and Concealed Weapons Licenses go together? One court says yes.

This week the Oregon Supreme Court decided that an Oregon citizen's concealed handgun permit could not be denied because she was a medical marijuana card holder.

Medical Marijuana and Concealed Carry Permits: Do They Go Together?

The legalization of medical marijuana has stirred up some more controversy-can a person carry a medical marijuana license and have a concealed pistol permit? This question has been presented in states that legalize the use of medical marijuana and permit concealed pistol permit of a handgun.

COURT DISMISSES FEDERAL DRUG CASE FOR GOVERNMENT'S VIOLATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

On Wednesday, October 13, 2010, after two days of testimony by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Marshals Service (USMS), the United States District Court in Detroit granted the defendant's motion to dismiss the indictment, and immediately released Jesus Manuel Caro-Villalobos of Silt, Colorado, from custody.  The Court ruled that the government clearly violated Mr. Caro's constitutional right to a speedy-trial.  See U.S. v. Caro-Villalobos, EDMI, # 00-80572 

MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT DOES AN ABOUT-FACE AND HOLDS THAT AN INDIGENT CRIMINAL DEFENDANT DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO A SKILLED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

The court appointed counsel system in Michigan has been under-fire for some-time now.  Michigan has the dubious distinction of being one of the worst systems in the country.

 

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