Daily Archives: September 20, 2012 - 5 results


Posted 2 years ago in Creditor/Debtor by Lawyers.com   
Avoid Defaulting on Government Student Loans

The amount of student loan debt in theUnited Statesis close to $1 trillion. Student debt has passed up credit-card debt to become the second-largest category of consumer debt in the country. Only mortgage debt is higher. Due to the poor job market of the past few years, nearly one in every six borrowers with a student loan balance is currently in default. About 5.9 million individuals have fallen at least 12 months behind on their payments of government-backed student loans. …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd  
Legal News of the Weird: Too Much Evidence Means No Prosecution

In August, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration dropped all charges against a doctor who has been at the center of a prescription-drug fraud case because, said prosecutors, they have too much evidence against him and not enough space to store it. The U.S. attorney in northern Iowa said her office needs to clear out the 400,000 paper documents and two terabytes of electronic data (the latter of which under current technology takes up little space but in DEA’s antiquated computer …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law Social Networks by Michele Bowman  
Google Refuses to Unlock Pimp’s Phone for FBI

Joining other social media companies that are watching as their users’ privacy rights are gradually whittled away, Google is standing up to the growing trend of government attempts to go through third-party social media companies to get to users’ information. Google is reportedly challenging the legality of a search warrant the FBI served on the company earlier this year in an effort to crack the Android phone of Dante Dears, a man who was running a prostitution business on his …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
Blue States Considering Stricter Gun Bans

In the wake of a rash of rampage-style mass shootings, several states are considering tightening up their gun laws, making it more difficult to purchase firearms and limiting what kinds of guns are available. California, New York and Illinois are all considering measures that would strengthen what are already among the most restrictive gun climates in the nation. This summer alone gave us the Aurora theater massacre in Colorado and the Sikh temple rampage in Wisconsin, along with ongoing chronic …

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Posted 2 years ago in Creditor/Debtor Criminal Law by Michele Bowman  
Debtor’s Prison is Alive and Well

Outlawed in the United States in the 1830s, debtor’s prisons are somehow making a comeback now that regular folks are more vulnerable to financial trouble. Whether it’s inability to pay court fees as a criminal defendant or outstanding credit card debt, your unpaid debts can still land you in prison, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has said people cannot be imprisoned merely because they can’t pay up.   Deadly Circle of Debt “Everyone is facing tightening budgets in a …

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