We have previously discussed defendant's rights to a competent lawyer in a criminal case. Having an effective and knowledgeable attorney can help make sure your rights are protected no matter what the charges are. Especially in a criminal case where your freedom may be at stake, having an experienced lawyer can give you piece of mind. A new ruling from the Supreme Court confirms this.
A Kansas City small business owner pled guilty to bank fraud recently. Authorities had charged him with a bank fraud conspiracy that was responsible for millions of dollars in losses over the course of several years. Prosecutors accused him of being responsible for losses of $2.5 million to $7 million. The case did not go to trial, so the facts are still disputed.
The woman thought she was harmlessly avoiding jury duty last summer when she showed up to court wearing a wacky outfit. She called in to a radio station to share the story during a discussion on jury duty. Now, she faces two felony charges for perjury and attempt to influence a public servant. The woman turned herself in to officials earlier this week after she found out there was a warrant out for her arrest. Police say that her call to the radio station amounted to a confession.
A man is in the midst of a third appeal of a murder conviction and death sentence. After a criminal trial in which someone is convicted, that person can appeal the decision of the jury and ask for a new trial if they think the jury made a mistake. This defendant is arguing that the first attorney to file an appeal on his behalf did not provide adequate counsel and that he deserves a new trial for a crime that happened more than a decade ago.
The highway patrol plans to conduct increased checkpoints in the month of March. Law enforcement has not specified locations or dates yet but the information should be available publicly prior to the establishment of the checkpoints.
In our last post we discussed sentencing guidelines on the federal level. Today, we'll look at a new decision on the subject from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The issue in the case was whether or not the court should allow a 22-year sentence for a man known as the "Millennium Bomber," who was arrested in 1999 in connection with a plan to detonate a bomb at the Los Angeles Airport.
An analysis of sentencing data suggests that the penalties for federal crimes are more influenced by particular judges than the specifics of the case. The disparities in sentencing reveal the unprecedented level of discretion that individual judges have today. For criminal defendants and people who have been convicted of crimes, this information raises questions of whether the sentence they have received is truly fair or not.
Tax season can bring in a lot of advertising, mail, and emails for tax preparation services, each one promising a more accurate return and a higher refund. But authorities at the Internal Revenue Service are telling consumers to watch out. A new trend has emerged in tax fraud, in which scammers induce people with low incomes, seniors, and members of church congregations to file a return claiming the American Opportunity Tax credit.
The 2011 search of a middle school was the result of an accusation by a classmate that the boy was carrying marijuana. He was brought to the principal's office and force to strip in front of the accusing classmates. The boy says he still suffers emotional distress from the experience and subsequent taunting by his peers in the seventh grade. The student's mother says he still has not fully recovered from the traumatizing experience.