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Digest for Week of May 10th, 2016

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Miami Police Major's Son Arrested for Suspected Drug Dealing

Ephrat Livni, Esq.
May 9, 2016

Dealing drugs is a dangerous business and you can't count on not getting caught. Not even if you are the son of a Miami-Dade Police Department major and have other relatives on the force, and especially not if you...
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Maryland Shootings Suspect in Custody; Is a Federal Agent

Christopher Coble, Esq.
May 6, 2016

Eulalio Tordil, a law enforcement officer with the Federal Protective Service, is in custody following three deadly shootings in Maryland over the last two days. Tordil allegedly shot and killed his wife Thursday evening, then killed two more at two...
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Actual Innocence and How It Differs From a Not Guilty Verdict

Ephrat Livni, Esq.
May 6, 2016

When a jury or judge reaches a verdict after a trial, they have two choices -- guilty or not guilty. Innocence doesn't really come up too much in the criminal justice system, which may seem strange to some. Actual innocence...
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Do I Need a Lawyer for Criminal Trespass?

Christopher Coble, Esq.
May 5, 2016

Ever since the advent of private property, we've had laws to keep uninvited people off that property. Trespassing statutes are some of the oldest, and most vigilantly defended, laws on the books, and they can also have their quirks. Do...
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Feds Punish NY Corruption: Sheldon Silver Sentenced to 12 Years

Ephrat Livni, Esq.
May 5, 2016

Sheldon Silver, former New York Assembly Speaker, knows the legal system very well. But this week he became intimately familiar with an aspect of the law that was previously only an abstraction to him -- federal criminal sentencing statutes....
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What Happens After an Indictment in a Criminal Case?

Christopher Coble, Esq.
May 4, 2016

While a criminal case can go from crime to verdict in 30 minutes on television, in real life they often take months or years to resolve and have various stages from arrest to trial. For some states, that stage is...
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Top 5 Felony Questions

Christopher Coble, Esq.
May 3, 2016

The criminal justice system generally breaks offenses into categories based on the seriousness of the crime -- drinking in public is a misdemeanor, while arson is a felony. But sometimes those distinctions are based not on the crime itself, but...
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New Mexico Mom Convicted for Facebook Post Sparking Panic

Ephrat Livni, Esq.
May 3, 2016

If you are active on social media maybe you've developed a habit of just posting whatever pops into your head, or revealing the latest rumor you read. Don't do that. You could end up in front of a judge,...
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