Criminal Law

Florida official indicted on murder charge after state rejects ‘stand your ground’ claim

A city official in central Florida has been charged with second-degree murder after a fatal shooting at a military surplus store he owns, authorities said. In indicting Lakeland City Commissioner Michael Dunn on the murder charge, a grand jury effectively...

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Police Reportedly Allowed Amber Guyger Time to Scrub Her Social Media Accounts, Yet Alarming Posts Still Uncovered

The social media accounts of fired Dallas officer Amber Guyger have come into question amid reports that police allowed Guyger ample time to scrub her online activity as they continue their investigation into the fatal shooting of Botham Jean. “She...

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Thieves targeted $12 billion through IRS tax fraud

The IRS estimated online robbers attempted to steal least $12.2 billion, if not more, through identity theft tax refund fraud in 2016, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). IRS vigilance thwarted most of those attempts, but the fakers got...

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Suspect in Louisiana murder-for-hire plot takes plea deal, divulges new details in 2015 killing

One of four men charged in a 2015 murder-for-hire plot has agreed to divulge details of the killing in exchange for a plea deal. According to court documents, Daniel Richter has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of...

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Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Raping 3 Sisters

A high school teacher’s request for students to write an essay about an obstacle they’ve overcome in their life gave one student the voice she needed to share a personal experience that landed her rapist behind bars for 20 years....

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Maintenance workers not guilty in first Schlitterbahn water slide trial

A jury deliberated for less than three hours Thursday before finding two Schlitterbahn maintenance workers not guilty of obstructing an investigation into the 2016 death of Caleb Schwab on the Verruckt water slide in Kansas City, Kan. David Hughes and John Zalsman,...

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Uber Driver Charged with Kidnapping New York Woman

An Uber driver in New York City kidnapped a woman who fell asleep in his vehicle, groped her in the back seat and then left her on the side of a highway in Connecticut, federal authorities said Tuesday.  The FBI...

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DNA from stamp is used to indict John Doe suspect for threatening judge

Prosecutors in Wisconsin have filed a felony charge against the DNA profile of an unidentified man believed to have sent a threatening letter to a judge. The DNA was obtained from a 9-cent stamp on the threatening letter from October...

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How To Get Away With Murder: The “Gay Panic” Defense

A jury found James Miller of Austin, Texas not guilty of murder for the 2015 slaying of his neighbor, Daniel Spencer. Miller invited Spencer, his neighbor, to his house where they drank and listened to music. According to Miller, he...

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New trial begins for man whose death sentence in Altamonte Springs killings was overturned

Jury selection began Monday morning in the re-trial of Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin, who was sentenced to death for the killings of his two neighbors in 2006 before his conviction was overturned after evidence raising doubt about his culpability emerged. Aguirre-Jarquin has...

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