Blog Posts in April, 2011

  • Teen Gang Members Charged With Rape of 11-Year-Old Girl

    || 29-Apr-2011

    Five Riverside teenagers, who are members of the gang known as South Side Mafia, have been charged in an alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in a Moreno Valley park bathroom. Four of the boys are under the age of 18; however, prosecutors are seeking to have them tried as adults based on the severity of their crimes. The four boys have already been charged in juvenile court with four felonies, ...
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  • The United States Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 ruling, recently stripped a $14 million award from a wrongfully convicted man who spent 14 years on death row and successfully sued New Orleans prosecutors for prosecutorial misconduct. The decision shielded the district attorney's office from liability for not turning over evidence that showed John Thompson's actual innocence. Thompson was convicted of ...
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  • Over the last few years, California has enacted two laws to regulate registered sex offenders; Megan's Law, which was enacted in California in 2006, requires sex offenders who are released from prison to notify local law enforcement about where they are living after release from prison; and Jessica's Law, which prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet from a school or park ...
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  • Lawrence Taylor, former football player for the New York Giants, was arrested last May for hiring a 16-year-old girl who was prostituted out by a pimp at a Holiday Inn in New York. The 51-year-old was charged with third-degree rape because of the victim's age, which includes charges of sex with a minor. Taylor pled guilty to two counts: patronizing a prostitute and sexual misconduct. He was ...
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  • Head of the Federal Prison System Arrested for DUI

    || 16-Apr-2011

    The head of the Bureau of Prisons, the federal prison system, Harley Lappin, recently announced that he was retiring. He also informed his staff that he had been arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Lappin was pulled over Feb. 26, 2011, in Maryland after an officer spotted him driving erratically. Police noted that Lappin's eyes were bloodshot, his speech slurred, his breath ...
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  • A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was recently arrested on a felony warrant at his Pasadena home in connection with an incident last April while he was still a law enforcement officer. He has been charged with felony first-degree burglary, felony assault with a firearm, making a criminal threat and a misdemeanor count of battery. It is alleged that the former deputy broke into his ...
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  • Co-founder of the Asian Boyz Gang Sentenced to Life Without Parole

    || 10-Apr-2011

    The co-founder of the Asian Boyz gang was recently sentenced to life in prison without parole in connection with a spree of at least eight murders and 10 shootings a decade ago in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Marvin Mercado was able to elude authorities by escaping to the Philippines for more than a decade. The FBI, State Department, and the Philippine Government were able to find and ...
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  • Apple, Google and BlackBerry to Pull DUI Checkpoint Apps?

    || 7-Apr-2011

    In a recent letter to Apple, Google, and Research in Motion (BlackBerry), four democratic senators urged the companies to remove apps that provide users with information about DUI checkpoints. "With more than 10,000 Americans dying in drunk-driving crashes every year, providing access to applications that alert users to DUI checkpoints is harmful to public safety," according to the letter, which ...
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  • Constantine Peter Kallas, a former U.S. immigration attorney, was recently sentenced to 17 years in prison after being found guilty of accepting cash bribes in exchange for letting illegal immigrants stay in the country. For a period of five years, Kallas and his wife, Maria, scammed illegal immigrants by telling them that Kallas was an immigration official. They accepted bribery payments totaling ...
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  • Mel Gibson's latest legal trouble began last year when the mother of his daughter, Grigorieva, accused him of Domestic Violence after he threatened her with a gun and punched her in the left temple and mouth as she held their infant daughter. Gibson vehemently denied he ever hurt Grigorieva, but he admitted in a sworn statement that he slapped her with an open hand because she was allegedly ...
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