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Florida Congressman Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Possession

Florida Congressman Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Possession

U.S. Rep. Trey Radel pleaded guilty today to one count of misdemeanor cocaine possession. The Florida Republican was sentenced to one year of probation. According to court documents and law enforcement officials, Radel (R-Florida), was charged after allegedly buying a small amount of the drug in an October sting. The sting was part of a broader FBI/Drug Enforcement Administration investigation of a drug trafficking organization in the nation’s capital. The law enforcement official further reports that the targets of the investigation are dealers and high-level people in the organization, not buyers and users. But a dealer who was arrested last month told federal agents that one of his customers was a congressman. “In the sting, Radel bought a small amount of cocaine at Washington’s Dupont Circle after meeting with someone… […]

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Marijuana State Laws and Milestones

Marijuana State Laws and Milestones

Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia now have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. So far, only Colorado and Washington state have legalized marijuana for recreational use, while other states permit medical marijuana. A limited medical marijuana law most recently went into effect Oct. 1 in Maryland, allowing authorized academic medical centers and research centers to distribute it. However, patients are not expected to be able to sign up for the program until 2015. Illinois legalized medical marijuana with a law establishing a pilot program set to be implemented in January. The map linked in the source shows states permitting marijuana use for medical and recreational purposes. Information below is current as of October 2013 and includes ballot measures approved in the 2012 elections that have yet to take… […]

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South Florida Sees Cases of ID Theft and Tax Fraud

South Florida Sees Cases of ID Theft and Tax Fraud

South Floridians Accused of ID Theft and Tax Fraud A Parkland man is among three South Floridians convicted in a $2.2 million identity theft tax refund fraud scheme, federal prosecutors said on Friday. A federal jury convicted Frantz Pierre, 33, and two others, Terry Pierre, 29, and Christmanie Bissainthe, 33, both of Miami, on 12 counts including conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to the government and aggravated identity theft. Pierre and the others used identities stolen from prisoners to seek $2.2 million of illegal refunds from the IRS which ultimately paid $1.9 million fraudulent claims, government attorneys said. Source IRS Steps to Combat Identity Theft and Protect Taxpayers The IRS is taking action to protect taxpayers from identity theft and helping victims of tax-related identity theft Over the past several years, the IRS… […]

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Andrew Stine Speaks About 10-Year-Old Convicted of Murder

In the California case involving a 10-year old boy who murdered his father, Joseph Hall was convicted of second degree murder, raising the question of what an appropriate sentence would be. THELAW.TV spoke with West Palm Beach, Florida criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine about the case. View the full story and original source The story and Andrew Stine’s appearance was also featured by The Chronicle.

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Aggravated Assault With a Firearm

Aggravated Assault With a Firearm

A Broward County court bailiff was arrested Monday night in St. Lucie County and charged with armed kidnapping, two counts of sexual battery and aggravated assault with a firearm. Garrett Cunningham, 62, is assigned to the Broward courthouse and usually works in the courtroom of Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Levenson. Bailiffs are unarmed civilian employees of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He has worked for the agency since 1999. Cunningham was booked into the Port St. Lucie jail at 2 a.m. Tuesday. The arrest was on a warrant issued by the Plantation Police Department. Source, full details From a legal standpoint, assault and battery often form one charge against a suspect. However, some suspects may merely be charged with assault. Anyone who is charged with battery, however, is essentially also guilty… […]

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Not Guilty Verdict In Pill Mill Case

Not Guilty Verdict In Pill Mill Case

Two doctors convicted of money laundering conspiracy at South Florida pill mills were ordered to forfeit $10,001 each as part of the penalty for their illegal activity. Dr. Joseph Castronuovo, 74, of Key Largo, and Dr. Cynthia Cadet, 43, of Parkland, were acquitted Tuesday of the most serious charges they were facing — conspiracy to distribute drugs. The doctors were accused of illegally prescribing pain medications to patients who didn’t need them. Nine of those patients died. But the federal jury in West Palm Beach found there was not enough evidence to convict the two doctors of taking part in the conspiracy, which resulted in 28 guilty pleas from other doctors and pain clinic owners. The clinics were in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Source, full details Pill Mill A… […]

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South Florida Crime List with FBI Miami Chief

South Florida Crime List with FBI Miami Chief

2012 Florida Crime Rate Statistics Crime rate is down in the Sunshine State, making 2012 the year with the lowest number of thefts, robberies and burglaries on record. According to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner, crime rate in Florida has dropped 6.5 percent from last year. Last year’s number is now the lowest rate of crime since the state began compiling the statistics. “We’ve been keeping these numbers for 42 years, and this is the lowest it’s been since the kickoff day 42 years ago,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. The overall number of crimes fell by 43,536 or 5.7 percent to 725,944 total. The crime rate fell by a higher percentage because the state’s population grew. The numbers continue a trend. The volume of crimes committed in… […]

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Cracking Down on Drug Smuggling in the Caribbean

Cracking Down on Drug Smuggling in the Caribbean

MIAMI — Federal authorities have intercepted $35 million worth of cocaine from alleged smugglers in the Caribbean Sea. Source On Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard offloaded 2,300 pounds of cocaine at their base in Miami Beach. Officials said they seized the drugs after an air crew spotted suspicious packages on a boat last week. Drug trafficking is the term used to describe the production, distribution and sale of illegal drugs. In the United States, such drugs include cocaine, heroin, PCP, LSD, methamphetamines and marijuana. Globally, drug trafficking is a multibillion dollar industry. As a profitable industry, illegal drug sales also fund the purchase of illegal weapons often used to fund organized crime and civil wars in developing countries. Even with stringent law enforcement efforts and penalties, authorities worldwide engage in… […]

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Pill Mill Problem in Florida

Pill Mill Problem in Florida

Owning some of South Florida’s busiest pill mills was lucrative work and nothing held him back, Christopher George told a jury on Tuesday — not his complete lack of experience in the health care industry or even his criminal history as a convicted felon. “It brought in probably $40 million,” George said of the profits from the so-called pain management business in Broward and Palm Beach counties that he ran for three years. But there were hassles too and the main one was obvious to jurors as George — the star witness against two doctors accused of overprescribing pain pills and helping to cause the deaths of nine patients — testified Tuesday in federal court in West Palm Beach. The 32-year-old former Wellington man was handcuffed, shackled and is serving… […]

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Your Consultation with a Criminal Defense Attorney

Your Consultation with a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. The outcome you receive in the criminal justice system depends upon the experience and knowledge of the defense attorney you choose to represent you. Before you can hire a criminal defense attorney to represent your case, you must interview them to decide whether they’re right for you. In this blog, we will cover some important questions and suggestions to help you find and hire a criminal lawyer in your area. Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney With Experience With hundreds of criminal statutes in local, state, and federal or regional law, choosing the best criminal defense lawyer may be a matter of finding an attorney with considerable experience… […]

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