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Posted 7 months ago in Criminal Law Frauds & Scams Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Psychic Found Guilty in $25 Million Fraud

A woman who told her clients she had psychic powers that could fix their problems – past, future and tax-related – was found guilty of fraud and money laundering by a jury in federal criminal court. Rose Marks, who ran a psychic business in New York City and Fort Lauderdale, was immediately taken into custody after the jury’s verdict and faces up to 20 years in prison. Among Marks’ affluent clients who testified against her were a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, a British …

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Posted 7 months ago in Criminal Law by Janet Raasch  
Can You Use Deadly Force to Defend Yourself?

You hear someone trying to enter you house at night. You are accosted by a threatening stranger on the street. In these frightening situations, are you allowed to use deadly force to protect yourself? It depends on where you live. Laws differ from state to state. What may be considered self-defense in one state can be grounds for a murder or manslaughter indictment in another. It is important to know the laws in the state where you live, especially if …

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Should We Shut Down Red Light Cameras? [Poll]

Cameras at traffic intersections photograph drivers who run red lights, making sure they are ticketed. Citizen activists say these cameras do not promote safety but are primarily for making money. The founder of the Red Light Camera Protest Group points out that the yellow light at one intersection in Fremont, Calif. was increased by a fraction of a second, and the number of violations dropped by over 50 percent. But the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says its studies conclude …

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Posted 12 months ago in Criminal Law Video by Lisa Reilly  
Why People Confess to Crimes They Didn’t Commit [Video]

  Lawyers.com reporter Lisa Reilly looks at a high profile miscarriage of justice, through a screening of Ken Burns’ documentary, “The Central Park Five.” A conference at Suffolk University Law School addressed forced confessions, showcased by the film. Today marks the 24th anniversary of when a young, white woman, later known as the Central Park Jogger, was violently raped and beaten unconscious, while going for a run in New York City. The city was on edge, with the news media …

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Newsbreak: News of the Weird [Video]

    In today’s Newsbreak, Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine provides a round-up of bizarre legal cases from around the country. Two crooks had their dirty laundry — literally. After stealing a debit card, they used it to take care of some very mundane household chores. A testing scam with teachers cheating on exams went on for 15 years. The gig was up when one of the impersonators wasn’t so smart. Larry tells you how the fraud was uncovered. One woman, …

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