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July 2010 Archives

House Passes Bill to Reduce Drug Crime Sentencing Disparities

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill to reduce disparities in penalties for possession of crack versus powder cocaine. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have been working on the passage of such a measure for a decade.

Lance Armstrong Investigated for Cheating, Drugs, Fraud

In a previous post, we discussed the current investigation into whether Lance Armstrong cheated during his illustrious professional cycling career through doping and the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong is being looked at by Federal Drug and Food Administration detective Jeff Novitzky, a man known to be thorough and uncompromising in his investigative approach. 

Novitzky will also be looking into fraud allegations leveled against Armstrong and the entire former U.S. Postal Service team by Floyd Landis. Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after he tested positive for drug use. Landis fought the allegations and the resulting conviction for over a year, even swearing in court proceedings that he hadn't cheated. Recently, he finally admitted guilt, and at the same time sent letters to sport officials, accusing others in the sport of also cheating, including Armstrong.

Lance Armstrong Investigated for Performance-Enhancing Drug Use

A recent article in TIME magazine looks into the current investigation into allegations that Lance Armstrong used illegal performance-enhancing drugs and practices while a cyclist on the United States Postal Service Team. The seven-time Tour de France winner was accused of doping during his time on the team by fellow former team member and disgraced professional cyclist Floyd Landis. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, Armstrong has recently hired a criminal defense attorney to represent him during the federal investigation into the doping allegations. Jeff Novitzky, a former Internal Revenue Service special agent who has led the drug crime investigations into many high-profile athletes, including track star Marion Jones (who went to jail after pleading guilty to making false statements to Novitsky about her performance-enhancing drug use) and baseball star Barry Bonds.

Defense Dept Finds Dozens in Military Downloaded Child Porn

According to Fox News, a major federal investigation began in 2007 under the code name "Operation Flicker" that identified dozens of defense contractors and military officials who had purchased and downloaded child pornography onto their computers, sometimes onto government computers. The investigation identified more than 5,000 people who subscribed to child pornography websites. 

Lawrence Taylor's Wife Says He's Not Guilty of Rape

Lawrence Taylor's wife defended her Football Hall of Fame husband to the nation yesterday on CNN's "Larry King Live." Lynette Taylor told the listening public that her husband was absolutely not guilty of raping a teenager last spring.

Swiss Will Not Extradite Polanski to U.S. for Sex Crime Charges

On Monday, Swiss authorities rejected a request to extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S. to face sentencing for unlawful sex with a minor. Polanski was to be sentenced in 1978 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, but fled to Switzerland hours before the hearing. U.S. authorities have been pursuing him for the last three decades.

'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Actor Charged With Violating Sex Crime Probation

The Los Angeles Times has reported that "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" actor Jeffrey Jones is facing another charge related to child pornography sex crimes he committed between 2000 and 2003. Jones has been charged with a single felony count of failing to update his registration as a sex offender.

Sex Abuse Case Against Vatican Set to Move Forward

On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the Vatican that would have prevented a child sex abuse lawsuit against the Holy See from moving forward. In the lawsuit, an unnamed Seattle man alleges that the Vatican should be held responsible for the actions of the priest, Rev. Andrew Ronan, who he claims sexually molested him in Portland in the 1960s.

Police Reopen Al Gore Sex Crime Investigation

Police in Portland announced Wednesday that they are reopening the investigation into allegations that Al Gore groped a masseuse in 2006, but did not say why. A massage therapist claimed that the former vice president had groped her and tried to have sex with her before she could get away during an appointment in an upscale hotel in Portland, where Gore was visiting to give a speech on climate change.

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