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Blog Posts in February, 2012

  • February 24, 2012: U.S. Seeks 23-Year Term for Drug Lord

    || 24-Feb-2012

    Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have asked a judge to impose a 23-year prison sentence on Christopher M. Coke. A man, who has been described as one of the most powerful and brutal drug lords in Jamaica and whose arrest in 2010 came after a month-long manhunt that left more than 70 people dead. Mr. Coke, 42, pleaded guilty in August to charges including racketeering conspiracy and is scheduled to ...
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  • On Wednesday, George Huguely, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of his ex-girlfriend. Mr. Huguely, 24, faces 5 to 40 years in prison in the beating death of Yeardley Love, 22. Prosecutors said he killed her in a drunken, jealous rage fueled by her relationship with a North Carolina lacrosse player, reported the New York Times. ...
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  • A leader of the violent Folk Nation gang was captured Wednesday morning hiding in his girlfriend's Brooklyn apartment, authorities said. The gang leader, Devon Rodney, is being charged in a racketeering indictment for ordering gang members to kill rivals and conspiring to rob jewelry stores in Manhattan, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Allegedly, a 10-year-old girl was shot in the ...
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  • February 22, 2012: Teacher Charged With Sexually Abusing Boys

    || 22-Feb-2012

    A Queens computer teacher has been arrested for sexually abusing two elementary school students, authorities said. Wilbert Cortez, 49, allegedly touched the genitals and the buttocks of an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old over their clothes in his classroom at Public School 174 in Rego Park on at least two occasions during the 2010-11 school year. He is the third public school teacher accused of ...
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  • A teacher’s aide at P.S. 87, a highly regarded Manhattan public elementary school, was arrested after he allegedly sexually abused a student. The accused, Gregory Atkins, 56, was working at the Upper West Side public school since November 2008 and has been a part of the school system since 2001. According to law enforcement, Atkins has been accused of having a young male student strip down ...
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  • A Brooklyn elementary school teacher’s aide was out on bail after being arrested in January, on charges of possessing child pornography. The teacher’s aide, Taleek Brooks, 40, was then arrested again after federal agent’s uncovered videos from his computer of him engaging in sexual acts with students. Officials say that the videos appear to have been taken inside the school, P.S. ...
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  • The state’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, said that instituting new safeguards against wrongful convictions and raising the age at which criminal defendants are considered adults should be top priorities of legislators and the legal community in New York State, reported the New York Times. Judge Lippman made several proposals that he plans to bring to the legislature. These proposals focus ...
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  • Federal prosecutors have charged Ronald Herron with three brutal murders including one that the wannabe rapper boasted about on his twitter account. A Brooklyn Federal court grand jury indicted Herron on Monday for the murders which authorities say are connected to his drug enterprise in the Gowanus Houses. Herron, who was a known gang leader, could face the death penalty if convicted. One of the ...
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  • NYPD Policy for issuing DATs for Marijuana Possession

    || 13-Feb-2012

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/12/07/low-level-marijuana-arrests-down-after-nypd-puts-new-policy-in-place/ It is important to note that the NYPD has set out to take a different approach on marijuana possession – a very common charge that led to a summons or a DAT. Now, the NYPD commissioner, Ray Kelly has instructed his officers to make arrests for marijuana possession only when the ...
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  • A woman was sexually assaulted after getting off the subway just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday. The suspect, Michael Torres, 29, allegedly grabbed the 36-year-old on the escalator as she exited the J train at the bowery station in Manhattan. According to authorities, Torres was armed with a screw driver when he took the victim by the neck, ordered her not to scream and then dragged her to an unused ...
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  • A former state senator, Nicholas A. Spano, is set to plead guilty today to a federal tax charge for failing to report more than $45,000 in income from 2000 to 2008. Mr. Spano is a moderate Republican who was both influential and well liked in the legislature. During his lengthy tenure in office that began in 1987, the former Republican senator shelled out millions of dollars in state grants in his ...
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  • The interpretation of the 4th Amendment and the Digital Age

    || 10-Feb-2012

    Recently, the US Supreme Court, in U.S. v. Jones, decided a case which underscored the developing need to reconcile innovative, technological investigatory techniques and our right to be free from “unreasonable” searches and seizures. In Jones, two men were convicted of a conspiracy to possess and distribute substantial amounts of cocaine and crack. One defendant argued that his ...
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  • Opening statements were heard today on the case of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player who is accused of fatally beating his ex-girlfriend in May of 2010. The prosecution and criminal defense attorney gave their statements and described the rocky relationship between the accused, George Huguely, and the victim Yeardley Love. In the months before Love’s death the two had ...
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  • February 8, 2012: California: Man Faces More Murder Counts

    || 8-Feb-2012

    In January, police arrested former US marine Itzcoatl Ocampo, for the killings of four homeless men in California. Prosecutors were expected to file formal murder charges for the stabbings that occurred in late December. Those closest to him claim that Ocampo was never the same after returning from his deployment to Iraq in 2008. Ocampo, who has since been charged with four counts of murder for ...
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  • Mark Meckler, the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, was arrested on federal charges after taking a gun into LaGuardia Airport in New York City. The incident occurred when Meckler attempted to check in for a Detroit flight with a locked gun box containing a Glock pistol and 19 cartridges of ammunition. While Meckler did declare the gun at the airline counter and is licensed to carry the weapon ...
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  • A New York City police officer was shot in the head while pursuing a man at a Brooklyn housing project and narrowly evaded losing his life. Kevin Brennan, the 29 year old six year veteran of the force, was brought to Bellvue Hospital Center where the doctors removed the bullet from his skull. He remained in critical but stable condition. The police caught Luis Ortiz, the suspected gunman, in a ...
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  • February 6, 2012: NYPD Officer Dies After Being Shot in Face

    || 7-Feb-2012

    Peter Figoski, a veteran officer of the NYPD was shot at close range and killed with an illegal semi automatic weapon. The officer was responding as backup to a robbery in progress at a basement apartment in East New York. The first two responding officers who arrived on the scene found the robbery victim lying on the ground with a head injury and did not know the suspects were still in the ...
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