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.
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.
In a recent article in the Detroit Free Press, Mr. Freeman commented on the Bianca Jones disappearance. The two-year old Bianca Jones is presumed dead after being missing since December. Her father, D'Andre Lane, has been arraigned on violent crime and first-degree child abuse charges in his daughter's disappearance. This development has brought up questions in the prosecution's case because Bianca's body has not been recovered.
Mr. Freeman was interviewed by CBS Radio in New York and the Detroit Free Press after the infamous underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, plead guilty to eight charges that will send him to prison for life.
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.
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.
Last week, the controversial Detroit shooting from 2009 finally came to a close. But was justice done?