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March 2011 Archives

Supreme Court rules that wrongly convicted man cannot sue prosecutor

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a man who spent 14 years on death row for a murder that he did not commit could not sue the former head of the district attorney's office that put him there, even though prosecutorial misconduct led to his trial and conviction. The decision is in line with a ruling made 35 years ago that people could not sue individual prosecutors for constitutional violations.

Willie Nelson won't have to sing in court for drug crime plea deal

Willie Nelson will be done with his misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after pleading guilty through the mail. He will also pay a small fine and court fees through the mail. Nelson was arrested after Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint in Texas searched his tour bus last November and found six ounces of marijuana. The marijuana later was re-weighed without drug paraphernalia and recorded at three ounces. Six ounces would have led to Nelson being charged with a felony drug crime. 

Lawrence Taylor will have to register as sex offender after conviction

Lawrence Taylor will have to register with law enforcement authorities as a sex offender for the rest of his life after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor sex crime. Taylor pleaded guilty this week to hiring and having sex with an underage prostitute last May.

Man's home falsely raided for suspected child porn crimes

A man recently received an apology from federal officials after investigators falsely raided his home because they suspected him of illegally downloading child pornography. In child pornography investigations, the officials said agents usually show up with a warrant and enter a home calmly and seize the equipment they are looking for, but for some reason agents broke down the door when they arrived at the house and pointed their guns at the man.

Fake pot sellers say they will fight DEA's ban

The Drug Enforcement Agency's emergency ban on five chemicals used to manufacture synthetic marijuana products officially began on March 1. It is now illegal to manufacture, sell or possess fake pot products containing the five banned chemicals. The DEA has banned the chemicals for 12 months to 18 months to study whether the chemicals are dangerous for humans and whether they should be permanently outlawed.

Actress from 'The Wire' facing real-life drug charges

An actress who played a drug gang member in the television series, "The Wire," has been arrested on charges of conspiring to sell heroin. The 30-year-old actress, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, was arrested on March 10 during a Drug Enforcement Agency operation.

No extortion charges to be brought against Mel Gibson's girlfriend

Prosecutors announced on Friday that they would not be bringing charges of extortion against Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson had counter-accused Grigorieva of extortion after she accused him of assault and domestic violence. Prosecutors said that investigators did not find sufficient evidence to warrant extortion charges.

Five chemicals used to manufacture fake pot now banned by DEA

Last fall, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it was going to impose an emergency yearlong ban on fake pot products in order to study the chemicals used to manufacture the marijuana alternatives. The DEA did not announce at that time when the ban would begin, but said it would be soon. As of March 1, the ban is officially in place. It is now illegal to manufacture, sell or possess the five chemicals used to make fake pot or to possess the fake pot products.

Former Apple employee pleads guilty to fraud charges

A former executive of Apple has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. The executive was accused of running a kickback scheme through which he accepted millions of dollars for giving inside information on Apple and Apple products to international suppliers of his employer. According to PC Magazine, the man was charged with 15 counts of wire fraud, six counts of money laundering, one count of wire fraud conspiracy and one count of engaging in transactions with criminally-derived proceeds.

Warren Jeffs retakes control of FLDS while awaiting trial on sexual assault

Warren Jeffs has been in prison since being arrested in 2006 during a crackdown within communities mostly populated by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The FLDS is a sect that broke off from the Mormon Church over its belief in the practice of polygamy. Law enforcement officers arrested Jeffs, the leader and "prophet," of the FLDS for sex crimes charges and bigamy. Other members were arrested in crackdowns in Arizona, Utah and Texas for charges related to child marriages, fraud and bigamy.

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