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February 2011 Archives

New Jersey man sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy

There are many ways to approach criminal defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney may recommend negotiating a plea deal, or perhaps zealously arguing the case before a jury is better. However, it is critical to consider the specific facts of each case before determining a course of action.

Reggae singer Buju Banton convicted of drug charges

Reggae star Buju Banton was convicted by a jury on three drug and weapons charges Tuesday. Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using the wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.

Former Boy Scout leader accused of sexually molesting boys

The Boy Scouts of America has been accused again of allowing a known pedophile to be a troop leader. The new lawsuit was filed in Portland on behalf of a man now in his 30s who claims he was sexually abused by his troop leader over the course of eight years in the 1980s. The lawsuit also claims that the troop leader sexually molested the boy's brother. The lawsuit claims that not enough was done by sponsors or leaders of the Boy Scouts to prevent the child sexual abuse.

Former New Jersey airline agent pleads guilty to wire fraud

A former sales agent for Continental Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey pleaded guilty to orchestrating a $1 million scheme to sell fake plane ticket vouchers. The 33-year-old former airline employee pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and could face up to 20 years in federal prison if she is given the maximum sentence for the crime.

Coroners' mistakes can lead to conviction of innocent people: Part 2

The previous post began to discuss a recent investigative report by NPR in partnership with ProPublica and PBS Frontline on the state of the death investigation system in the U.S. The investigative reporters found that the system is deeply flawed and in need of an overhaul. The combination of inadequately trained coroners (who do not need to be physicians) and lack of funding and oversight of the death investigation process has led to innocent people being charged and convicted of crimes.

Coroners' mistakes can lead to conviction of innocent people: Part 1

A recent investigative effort by National Public Radio (NPR) in partnership with ProPublica and PBS Frontline looked into the state of death investigations in America. Over the course of a year, the investigation found that the death investigation system is in need of a major overhaul in the U.S. The U.S. system is still based on coroners, who need to be elected but do not need a medical degree to determine a cause of death.

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