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June 2012 Archives

Rutgers spy-cam student will not be deported

The Rutgers student convicted of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and hindering a police investigation into the suicide death of roommate Tyler Clementi will not be deported. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman Gillian Christensen said, "Based on a review of Mr. Ravi's criminal record, ICE is not initiating removal proceedings at this time."

Supreme Court agrees police violated constitutional rights of suspects

The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's decision that police officers used excessive force by using a Taser gun on women who were not posing a safety threat to the police officers, and in doing so violated the constitutional rights of the women who were not resisting arrest.

Both parties seem to approve proposed bail amendment

New Jersey's Republican governor Chris Christie has had his share of problems with the Democratic legislature. They have fought over tax cuts and higher education reform, among many contentious issues. One of Christie's proposals, however, has sparked very little controversy: his proposal to amend the state constitution to allow judges to deny bail to violent offenders appears to be supported by Democrats and Republicans alike.

British hacker could face serious prison time in U.S.

A British man already charged in the United Kingdom with several computer crimes is facing similar charges in the United States. Ryan Cleary has been charged with hacking into a computer system belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment last year. His alleged goal was to obtain information about users of the computer system. He has also been charged with conspiring to steal personal information about people who registered on the web site of the X-Factor, a popular reality show, and the systems of the PBS Newshour.

A serious criminal charge does not always lead to conviction

Just because you are charged with a crime doesn't mean you will be convicted. In many instances, the prosecution does not have enough evidence to convict you beyond a reasonable doubt. In other cases, the prosecution makes mistakes that cause a judge to declare a mis-trial.

Caylee's Law in New Jersey and throughout the U.S.

A trial in Florida last year has led to the implementation of new missing children laws throughout the United States. New Jersey was the first state to pass such a law, making it a felony if an adult with custody does not notify law enforcement within 24 hours of discovering a child missing.

Convicted? You may be eligible for drug court if legislation passes.

A bill expanding New Jersey's drug court program was recently approved by the state Senate. This legislation, if approved by the Assembly, would expand eligibility for the substance abuse treatment program. In addition, it would test a plan to automatically enroll all eligible offenders in drug treatment. The test will be run in two counties yet to be determined - one in northern New Jersey and the other in the southern part of the state.

Ethical and Moral Questions Around Murder of Boy in 1979

The shocking arrest of a man who confessed to killing a New York City six-year old in 1979 raises many questions, including whether police ignored the accused man's sister, who allegedly told the Camden, New Jersey, police that her brother might have murdered someone. Moreover, Pedro Hernandez, who has since been charged with the crime, told a prayer group in the 1980s he had killed a child.

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