A district court judge has formally exonerated two men who were convicted of several violent crimes in 1983. They were released on parole in 2011 after serving 28 years in prison for abduction, rape, and shooting a woman. The woman survived the attack and left the country after the first trial. DNA evidence recently cleared the two men and led to the successful conviction of two others.
For many St. Louis residents, the ordeal of being arrested is stressful and upsetting on its own. Especially for those who are wrongly accused of a crime or who hold jobs that rely on their reputation within the community, an arrest record can be very harmful.
Leaders from local Muslim groups have engaged in successful talks with the administrators at the St. Louis County jail recently. The community leaders told corrections authorities that the forced removal of women's headscarves during the search process was upsetting and forced women to violate religious law to comply with the search in the event of an arrest.
White collar crimes are just as serious as violent crimes and carry significant penalties. There is a common misconception that people convicted of white collar crimes do not face harsh penalties such as time in prison, but they do. In Missouri, people charged with fraud crimes or embezzlement can face sentencing for extended jail time, and payment for restitution and other fines. The charges may be brought in federal court, depending on the specifics of each case.
The recent resignation of a high-profile Best Buy CEO highlights the various levels of fallout that an executive can experience after allegations of misconduct. Whether the allegations are criminal or civil, the executives often face harsh internal scrutiny as the company attempts to clear its own name or discover the extent of the misconduct.
So-called white collar crimes are those which often have an extensive trail of paper and electronic documentation. Investigations leading up to the charges may take months or even years. Any resulting fraud charges may be charged in state court, but often the criminal charges are brought in federal court.
The United States Supreme Court handed down a decision recently that expanded states' discretion to subject detainees to strip searches. The case before the court was brought by a man who was strip searched twice in New Jersey. The man was in the car with his wife when she was pulled over for speeding, and police discovered a warrant out for his arrest over some overdue fines that he had already paid. He was held in jail for one week.
An animal rescue group and local prosecutors have created a new system that will increase the number of prosecutions for animal abuse crimes. Other local law enforcement agencies and animal welfare groups have created similar proposals in the past. The rescue organization will now gather and submit evidence of animal abuse that public prosecutors will use against suspected animal abusers in the process of accusing people of state criminal charges.
Many fans were shocked when international swimsuit model Simone Farrow was arrested last month on drug charges. Reports that came out after the arrest indicated that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had been monitoring her mail for years. This is not the first drug crimes accusation for the model, which means that penalties for a conviction could be more severe this time.