Articles Posted in Criminal

Two teens, 17 and 16 years old, were arrested after home surveillance camera caught them in a rather brazen home invasion. The two juvenile burglars were arrested only a day apart from each other.

The first of the two boys, 17 years old, gave himself up to the police on Wednesday, the police in San Jose said. Continue reading →

A woman in East Los Angeles had the opportunity to witness first-hand what an angry United States Marshal will do when he is being filmed during a law enforcement activity.

Standing on a residential sidewalk, the woman used her camera to film a group of U.S. Marshals, in what looked like preparations to enter a home that was suspected to be a location where biker gang activity was occurring, when one of them spotted her.

Strapped with an assault rifle, the U.S. Marshal aggressively approached the woman filming, who was still holding the camera in his direction, grabbed it from her hands and then threw it to the sidewalk, smashing it on the ground. Since that was not enough, he also kicked the broken camera toward the shocked woman. Continue reading →

Boy Removed From Parent’s Custody After Educating Class on Medical Cannabis During Anti-Drug Education

On March 24th, 2015, Garden City, Kansas police executed a search warrant on the home of a medical marijuana user after her 11-year old son spoke out against an anti-drug class conducted by his school, according to the Washington Post.

Shona Banda, a sufferer of Crohn’s Disease and a cannabis-for-medical-use-advocate, has used cannabis oil to successfully treat the condition. Crohn’s disease, also known as Crohn syndrome, and regional enteritis, is an inflammatory bowel disease that can affect all parts of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. Crohn’s can also cause complications such as anemia, skin rashes, painful inflammation of the eyes, and arthritis. In addition, Crohn’s patients face a higher risk of bowel cancer as a result of commonly occurring bowel obstruction.

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APRIL 20, 2015 – Mecklenberg County, NC

Pro football player, Greg Hardy, has petitioned for an expungement of his criminal record. According to Hardy’s attorney, Tony Scheer, “He’s been found guilty of absolutely nothing…”

This is actually true. The charges against Hardy were dismissed on the first day of trial after his accuser failed to show up to court. Hardy did, however, reach a settlement with his accuser before the trial began. Continue reading →

LANCASTER, PA

Steven Breit, a criminal defense attorney and FOX 43 legal analyst, appeared this morning to discuss expungements. The conversation began with the host, Amy Lutz, precariously asking “Is everyone eligible to get their record expunged?” Brett’s answer covers what many people are wondering: “If you were charged with a summary offense, and you are free from arrest or conviction for 5 years…you can have that summary offense expunged – that is erased from your criminal history. This is much different from states like California, where a criminal record cannot be completely erased, as the term “expungement” implies. Continue reading →

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

The state has seen more than 24,000 crimes be sealed from public view over the last two years. The push for changes in legislation comes from the criminal defense lobby, and looks to shorten the length of time an applicant has to wait until the expungement is granted and the criminal records in question are updated. The lobby is also advocating for a wider selection of crimes to be eligible for expungement, as well as increase the court’s ability to process more expungements.

In 2014, courts granted 11,598 expungements, 2,798 of which were felonies, and 8,800 misdemeanors. Now to be added to the list of expunge-able offenses are those involving possession of marijuana. Continue reading →

Fall River, MA – April 15, 2015

Jurors hearing the first-degree murder case in Massachusetts against Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, came back Wednesday with a verdict of guilty. The murder, which occurred in 2013, was allegedly carried out in an industrial park in North Attleborough. The victim, Odin Lloyd, was a semiprofessional football player and landscaper by trade. A jogger found Lloyd’s body after he was murdered.

Hernandez, 25, was 23 years old at the time of the murder and had just signed a $40 million contract with the Patriots. The evidence presented by the prosecution over the course of several months included surveillance footage, rental car records, text messages, and elements of the crime scene. The prosecution also put 130 witnesses on the stand in building the case against Hernandez. In contrast, the defense took one day to present witnesses in an effort to rebut the evidence put forth by the prosecution, and then promptly rested.

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As part of Huffington Post’s What’s Working series, the founder of the National Expungement Project take to task the internet for its lack of information on expungements. An expungement is the legal process by which someone convicted of, or charged with, a crime (the capacity differs by state) erases or modifies their record to no longer show the conviction. Continue reading →

For the third consecutive year, Philadelphia City Council member, Cindy Bass, is holding a clinic for those seeking criminal record expungements.

Looking to expand opportunities for those who have criminal records, Bass hosts the clinic in an effort to help people with criminal pasts clear their records. Continue reading →

According to The Weed Blog, New Approach Oregon, looking to move Oregon lawmakers forward to passing legislation that would lessen pot offender’s sentences while making expungement of criminal records possible for marijuana-related offenses, hired a lobbyist.

House Bill 3372 and Senate Bill 364 have stimulated New Approach to team up with Bus Project and host phone banks to help fuel public support for the passage of the two bills. Oregon has some of the highest rates of marijuana possession arrests in the country – 1 out of 14 according to The Oregonian. What’s more, these arrests, as researched by the ACLU, indicate racial biases. African Americans are twice as likely to be arrested for Marijuana possession than whites in Oregon, even though they use pot at the same rate, and comprise less of the population. Continue reading →