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Federal and State Court System Proceedings

Federal and State Court System Proceedings

The Judicial Branch has two court systems: federal and state. While each hears certain types of cases, neither is completely independent of the other. The two systems often interact and share the goal of fairly handling legal issues. The federal court system deals with legal issues expressly or implicitly granted to it by the US Constitution. The state court systems deal with their respective state constitutions and the legal issues that the U.S. Constitution did not give to the federal government or explicitly deny to the states. When Federal Law Prevails When a state and federal law explicitly conflict, it is the federal law that prevails. This happens when a state law expressly permits an action that the federal law expressly forbids. For example, if a federal law prohibits the… […]

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Facing Federal Charges

Facing Federal Charges

Quinton Mitchell, a Bahamian national, was arrested last week and now is facing federal charges in the alleged marijuana trafficking operation off Jupiter Island. There were 3 other men involved in pot smuggling operation and authorities are still searching for the other passengers who were on the boat. To help with investigation, other agencies were involved and they include: investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Jupiter Island police, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife. According to federal officials, the bales of marijuana weighed about 520 pounds in total and that the street value of the drugs was estimated to be about $1.6 million. Mitchell made his initial appearance Wednesday before a U.S. magistrate and… […]

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Facing Federal Charges

Facing Federal Charges

Quinton Mitchell, a Bahamian national, was arrested last week and now is facing federal charges in the alleged marijuana trafficking operation off Jupiter Island. There were 3 other men involved in pot smuggling operation and authorities are still searching for the other passengers who were on the boat. To help with investigation, other agencies were involved and they include: investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Jupiter Island police, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife. According to federal officials, the bales of marijuana weighed about 520 pounds in total and that the street value of the drugs was estimated to be about $1.6 million. Mitchell made his initial appearance Wednesday before a U.S. magistrate and… […]

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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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Criminal Cases With Overturned Conviction

Criminal Cases With Overturned Conviction

A Texas appellate court has overturned the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) for allegedly scheming to influence Texas state elections with corporate money. A three-judge panel voted 2-1 to overturn the conviction, calling the evidence “legally insufficient,” according to court papers released Thursday. The decision formally acquits DeLay of all charges, but it could still be appealed by the government. Just hours after the ruling was announced, DeLay visited Capitol Hill for a long-scheduled lunch meeting with members of the Texas Republican congressional delegation. Before the meeting, DeLay told reporters that he was at the “C Street House,” or National Prayer Center, Thursday morning when he heard the news. “We were all basically on our knees praying and my lawyer calls and says, ‘you’re a free man,’”… […]

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