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Violent Crimes 2 Year Decline In America Has Ended

Violent Crimes 2 Year Decline In America Has Ended

WASHINGTON Oct 24, 2013— Violent crime in the United States rose for the second year in a row, a government report said Thursday, indicating that the nation’s two-decade decline in crime has ended. The 2012 National Crime Victimization Survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 26 of every 1,000 people experienced violent crime, a 15% increase in how many people reported being victims of rape, robbery or assault. Property crime — burglary, theft and car theft — rose 12%. The report follows the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report, released in September, which documented more than 1.2 million violent crimes nationwide — about 1% more than in 2011. For 2011, data from the victims survey also showed an increase in violent crime: up 17% from 2010, the sharpest rise… […]

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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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Crimes Punishable By Death Penalty

The death penalty in the United States is used almost exclusively for the crime of murder. Although state and federal statutes contain various capital crimes other than those involving the death of the victim, only two people were on death row for a non-murder offense (Patrick Kennedy and Richard Davis in Louisiana) when the U.S. Supreme Court addressed this issue in 2008. No one has been executed for such a crime since the death penalty was re-instated in 1976. In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court in Coker v. Georgia, 433 U.S. 584, held that the death penalty for the rape of an adult was “grossly disproportionate” and an “excessive punishment,” and hence was unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The Court looked at the relatively few states that allowed the death… […]

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Your Right to Bear Arms in Florida

Your Right to Bear Arms in Florida

On October 21, 2013 Palm Beach County, FL has recorded its 61st murder of the year. The murder rate in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida remains elevated, due to many reasons. The best protection for you and your family is the Second Amendment under the US Constitution and Section 1 Article 8 of the Florida Constitution which states in pertinent part: Right to bear arms. The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law. The language under the Florida Constitution to bear firearms is very strongly written in favor of the citizen’s right to bear arms; and your right to carry a concealed weapon has been codified in… […]

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Admitting Guilt to Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery with a Firearm

Many people have been following the case of the death of beloved grocery store owner Jimmy McMillan in Belle Glade. The 19-year-old accused of robbing, shooting, and killing McMillan confessed to his crimes Saturday. After appearing before the Judge briefly he is being held without bond and could possibly be facing the death penalty for aggravated assault with a firearm, armed robbery with a firearm, and first-degree murder with a firearm. Aggravated assault charges can be extremely serious in the state of Florida, particularly if they involve a firearm. Aggravated assault involving pointing a gun at someone can result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years. If the gun is fired, the minimum prison sentence changes to 20 years. If the victim of the aggravated assault with a… […]

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Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine Comments on Casey Anthony Case

Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine Comments on Casey Anthony Case

According to the Palm Beach Post, some local defense attorneys expressed their opinions on the Casey Anthony murder trial on Monday, July 4. Unsurprisingly, no verdict came after jurors in Orlando concluded their first day of deliberations Monday. Several local attorneys predict that we will not see a verdict until at least the end of the week; they believe the jurors will likely continue their debate for a couple of more days. Local Attorney Opinions One of our own local attorneys, Andrew D. Stine, West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer said, “I don’t think they’ll agree on a number of things, and I do think there will be some infighting.” Stine expressed that attorneys on both sides of the case presented their closing arguments well but the state’s circumstantial case… […]

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Hiccup Girl Charged with Murder After Robbery Gone Wrong

Hiccup Girl Charged with Murder After Robbery Gone Wrong

Jennifer Ann Mee, 19, was once known as “Hiccup Girl.” Now, she is transcending her reputation as the girl who couldn’t stop hiccupping to the girl who lured a 22-year-old man into a trap that ultimately led to his murder. Mee admitted luring the victim, Shannon Griffin, to a house across from her apartment building. St. Petersburg Police Chief said Monday that Mee met Griffin through a website recently, and planned with her friends Laron Raiford, 20, and Lamont Newtown, 22, to rob him at gunpoint. The robbery went seriously wrong when Griffin struggled during the robbery, and was then shot several times. He died at the scene. Less than $50 was stolen from Griffin. All three suspects were taken into custody Sunday afternoon. Investigators say they confessed to their… […]

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How MMA Fighter Pleads Insanity against Murder Charges

How MMA Fighter Pleads Insanity against Murder Charges

On March 21, 2010 in California, the death of Taylor Powell at the hands of mixed martial arts fighter Jarrod Wyatt turned out to be one of the most bizarre and gruesome murder cases of the year. Wyatt, 26, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity after consulting medical experts. He was charged with murder, aggravated mayhem, and torture. Wyatt allegedly ripped out the heart and cut off the tongue and face of his sparring partner Powell, 21 – reportedly while Powell was still alive, according to the Coroner. Wyatt, Powell, a third friend, and Wyatt’s ex-girlfriend had reportedly drank a tea earlier that night, laced with psychedelic mushrooms. Wyatt and Powell became convinced that the world was coming to an end. Sgt. Elwood Lee entered the house after a… […]

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