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How Does Aggravated Battery Turn Into A Hate Crime?

How Does Aggravated Battery Turn Into A Hate Crime?

Hate crimes are one of the oldest types of crimes throughout human history. The drive to inflict harm upon others specifically because of race, gender, or religious views has been a practice only recently punished by the law. However, these crimes do continue to exist and can happen right in your own backyard. In St. Petersburg, Fla., a man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly stabbing a man after learning the man is a Muslim. Before the September 11 attacks, there were about 400 to 500 hate crimes reported each year. One month after the attacks, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), received more than 700 reports of hate crimes. According to an article in WPTV News, 52-year-old Bradley Strott was speaking to Sam Ebadi about religion. Ebadi… […]

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How Police Abuse of Power is a Growing Problem

How Police Abuse of Power is a Growing Problem

Police brutality and abuse of power is a problem that has been around since the beginning of hierarchical society. However, the fact that it continues today is problematic because it makes people wonder whom they can trust. When law enforcement officers start breaking the law, who’s there to keep them in check? False Imprisonment in Boynton Beach According to an article in WPTV News, a woman in Boynton Beach, Fla. posted an internet ad offering her services as an escort. She called herself “Stephanie,” and was found bleeding in her Boynton Beach apartment, unconscious but alive, only hours after posting the ad. She had been shot twice. The man being held responsible for the crime is Jimmy Ho, a police officer at Florida Atlantic University. The incident was clearly a… […]

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How Giving Pills to Minors can be Child Abuse

How Giving Pills to Minors can be Child Abuse

According to an article in WPTV News, a 37-year-old Ft. Pierce woman accused of giving prescription pills to a 16-year-old girl was held Monday in the St. Lucie County jail, according to an arrest affidavit and a jail official. Lisa Bennett, of the 5900 block of Hickory Drive in Fort Pierce, was arrested last week on charges including dispensing a prescription without a license, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child abuse. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a case involving alprazolam at Port St. Lucie High School. The 16-year-old girl suspected in the case said her mother’s “live-in friend” — Bennett — gave her five pills to sell at school. Found at her home, Bennett showed a sheriff’s official a valid prescription for alprazolam, which… […]

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How Even Small Crimes can Cost You 25 Years in Prison

How Even Small Crimes can Cost You 25 Years in Prison

Habitual offenders often receive much harsher sentences in the court of law. Even a petty crime can lead to extremely severe consequences if the offender is a repeat offender. An article in today’s WPTV News explores this idea. The article is as follows: NAPLES, Fla. – NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Pawning a stolen laptop brought Terrick Maurice Crosby an easy $150 in September 2009. On Thursday, Collier County Circuit Judge Frank Baker gave the 34-year-old something else — a 25-year prison sentence. Crosby faced up to 30 years under the state’s habitual offender law. His rap sheet dates back to 1994 in Miami-Dade County and includes robbery, grand theft, burglary and resisting arrest with violence charges. He was released from prison in 2006 after serving time for violation of probation.… […]

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Why Robbery Isn’t Worth Life Imprisonment

Why Robbery Isn’t Worth Life Imprisonment

According to a recent and urgent article from WPTV, a 67-year-old man was shot in his eye Saturday morning but is expected to survive. Ahmad Zayyad, of Belle Glade, was working at the Super Merchandise Store, 265 W Ave. A, when two black males walked in and demanded cash around 10:30 a.m. Zayyad tried running from the suspects but was shot in the left eye. He was air-lifted to Delray Medical Center. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said she thinks the men got away with only Zayyad’s wallet. The two males are described as between the ages of 17 and 20, between five-foot-five and five-foot-six, and medium build. One suspect, who was armed, was wearing a burgundy, hooded sweatshirt. The other suspect’s face was partially covered, she… […]

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What To Do After Being Arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution

What To Do After Being Arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution

According to My Fox Tampa Bay, 12 women were arrested in Lakeland Thursday for soliciting prostitution. The arrests were actually a result from residents calling in complaints about prostitution activity. Complaints are usually one of the most common ways arrests are made during prostitution stings. The prostitution sting resulted in 12 arrests made by undercover Polk County detectives. Deputies report that eight of the 12 women arrested have already been charged with prostitution on at least three separate occasions. Those suspects were charged with third or subsequent offense to solicit prostitution. “Our message is clear: to those who think prostitution is harmless or a ‘victimless crime’ – it is not,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement released by his office. “Many of these women we arrested have several other… […]

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Who Can Help After Illegal Immigration and Marijuana Trafficking Charges

Who Can Help After Illegal Immigration and Marijuana Trafficking Charges

Even though I have written an extensive amount of articles on pain pills and how illegal use of prescription drugs is becoming the most prevalent drug problem in south Florida, Marijuana is still a haughty front-runner for drug crimes. According to a recent article in WPTV News, five undocumented migrants arrived on shore Sunday morning in southern St. Lucie County close to Jensen Beach. They were apprehended and had possession of two duffel bags that contained about 110 pounds of marijuana. A 911 call around 7 a.m. reported the suspects were seen near the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. They were seen dripping with water and carrying the two duffel bags. There were five adults including two Jamaican men and one woman; one Haitian man; and a Bahamian man. The federal… […]

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What to Learn from Delray Principal’s Arrest

What to Learn from Delray Principal’s Arrest

The crime of the day involves six different criminal charges including fraud, grand theft, and official misconduct. According to a recent article in WPTV News, the principal of Plumosa Elementary School in Delray Beach has been arrested on these charges. Priscilla Maloney is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of school furniture for a local business. Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe stated that she stole and misused school property. She allegedly stole a projector for her own personal use. McAuliffe also said Maloney submitted false paperwork to be fraudulently reimbursed. Her crimes add up to one charge of organized scheme to defraud, two counts of grand theft, two counts of official misconduct, and one count of petit theft. The Palm Beach County School District has since released… […]

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135 Arrested in Oxycodone Bust

135 Arrested in Oxycodone Bust

According to an article in Ocala.com, authorities arrested 135 people and seized more than $150,000 in drugs in a nearly four-month crackdown on the trafficking of prescription pills in North Florida. Fifty-eight of those arrested were nabbed in Marion County during the effort, which was dubbed “Operation Growing Pains.” It began Sept. 1 and concluded Dec. 15 and involved law enforcement officials from the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. HIDTA, as it’s known, is made up of counties stretching from Jacksonville to Ocala. The operation targeted illegal sales of prescription pills, pill mills, doctor-shopping and prescription drug frauds throughout North Florida. In all, agents seized 16,978 pills with a street value of $152,823 and made 135 arrests. The total value of pills, assets and currency seized was $4,337,977.08.… […]

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Why Sexual Battery of a Minor Will Cost You Your Life in Prison

Why Sexual Battery of a Minor Will Cost You Your Life in Prison

A WPTV News article posted last Friday describes the gruesome case of a 3-month old baby boy now in critical condition after suffering severe injuries from sexual assault. Detectives for the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office charged Jermaine Williams, 23, of Vero Beach with capital sexual battery and aggravated child abuse Thursday. He was being held without bail at the Indian River County Jail. Family members took the infant to Indian River Medical Center after discovering his injuries about 10 p.m. Wednesday, the affidavit states. Detectives said Williams had care of the child alone during the time of the attack. The boy was flown to St. Mary’s Children Hospital in West Palm Beach. Williams faced four charges in 2006 for sexual battery on a child under the age of 12,… […]

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