Daily Archives: November 1, 2012 - 5 results


Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd  
Two Dopes Arrested for Trying to Wire a Bag of Cash

Two men, ages 45 and 42, were arrested in Toronto in September after they walked into a neighborhood money-transfer store with $520,250 in a duffel bag and attempted to wire that amount to an address in Los Angeles. Police charged them in connection with an ongoing money-laundering investigation. [WDIV-TV (Detroit), 10-9-2012] [Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News, 9-24-2012]      

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Hears Cases on Drug-Sniffing Dogs

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a pair of cases yesterday that could affect how police dogs are used to detect drugs in people’s homes and vehicles. The rulings, expected by next summer, could go a long way toward helping small-time users avoid the cold, wet nose of the law. In one case, Florida v. Jardines, the court considered whether law enforcement officers bringing a drug-sniffing dog onto the porch of a private home without a warrant constitutes …

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Posted 2 years ago in Government by Dan Abrams  
The Election We Shouldn’t Have

On Nov. 6, millions of American voters will be assisting in what is nothing short of a travesty of justice. Not based on who they will vote for, but on the fact that they are voting at all — for judges. In 39 of the 50 United States, certain judges obtain or retain their positions by popular election. On its face, it may seem perfectly reasonable. Why shouldn’t judges be held accountable for their decisions? Why isn’t a judicial election …

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Posted 2 years ago in Government Litigation by Michele Bowman  
Planned Parenthood Defeats Defunding in Indiana

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on Oct. 23 said Indiana could not enforce a 2011 state law that barred abortion providers – including Planned Parenthood – from receiving any state or federal funds. It would have stripped all Medicaid funding from any health care provider that provides abortion services, among many others. The appellate court barred enforcement of the law, based on Planned Parenthood’s objection that the state defunding law violates a federal Medicaid law that …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
Maryland Weighs Gun Access for Mentally Ill

After narrowly avoiding what could have been a tragic follow up to the Aurora theater shootings this summer, Maryland is considering new laws to keep firearms out of the hands of potentially dangerous people. The state is in the midst of panel discussions about whether it should modify its rules on accessibility to guns for people with mental illnesses. The panel comes in the wake of the arrest of Neil Edwin Prescott, who allegedly told his boss over the phone …

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