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September 2015 Archives

Looking at the investigative tactic of stop-and-frisk? P.1

As readers know, search and seizure issues are potentially important areas to be explored when building a strong criminal defense case. Searches can be performed in a wide variety of circumstances, for a variety of reasons, and it is important that defendants scrutinize the legality of police investigations when building a strong defense case.

Former Episcopalian bishop pleads guilty in hit and run case, P.2

In our previous post, we began speaking about the plea deal reached by former Episcopalian bishop Heather Cook. As we noted, Cook initially faced 13 criminal charges, but ended up only pleading guilty to one count of automobile manslaughter, one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving under the influence. All of these are, of course, serious charges, but certainly amount to less than her initial case would have.

Former Episcopalian bishop pleads guilty in hit and run case

Back in April, we wrote about the DUI case of former Episcopalian bishop Heather Cook. As Baltimore readers remember, Cook was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol after she fatally struck a bicyclist and fled the scene last December. At one point, Cook was facing a total of 13 criminal charges in connection with the accident.

Limitations in federal law prompt DOJ to push for clarification, expansion, P.2

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has been the focus of recent posts on this blog. Those who have been following this series know that we've been focusing on the limitations in application of the federal law to certain situations, and that the Department of Justice is currently seeking to expand the law to allow for easier prosecution in these cases.

Limitations in federal law prompt DOJ to push for clarification, expansion, P.2

In our last couple posts, we've been looking at the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, particularly its role in the case against former New York police officer Gilberto Valle and the different ways the law has been applied to "outsider" and "insider" defendants. One of the important issues right now with the law is how to apply the sections dealing with exceeding authorized use of a protected computer.

Limitations in federal law prompt DOJ to push for clarification, expansion, P.1

In our last post, we mentioned the case of Gilberto Valle and its connection to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The law, which is an amendment of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, is aimed at targeting aspects of cybercrime that aren't adequately covered by federal mail and wire fraud laws.  

Federal law at issue in former officer's appeal of cybercrime conviction

Maryland readers may remember the story of Gilberto Valle, the former New York Police Officer who was tried for kidnapping conspiracy after it was discovered that he had participated in online chat discussions about abducting, abusing and eating women and used a work computer to search for information on a woman he had known since high school. The charges earned Valle the nickname "cannibal cop."  

Rehabilitation juvenile justice and juvenile delinquency, P.2

As we mentioned in our last post, rehabilitation in the juvenile justice system can take different forms depending on the nature of the offense of which the juvenile has been accused and what is appropriate to his or her circumstances. The basic distinction was made between rehabilitation involving various services and diversion programs, versus rehabilitation through delinquency proceedings for more serious offenses.

Rehabilitation juvenile justice and juvenile delinquency, P.1

Last time, we continued our discussion of the juvenile justice system, focusing on the basic goal of the system: rehabilitation. The juvenile justice system makes use of a variety of tools to help young people get back on the right track. When a young offender is accused of activity that is not criminal in nature, the juvenile justice system typically offers rehabilitation via participation in various services and diversion programs.

Advocating for young people facing charges as an adult, P.3

In recent posts, we've been looking at the issue of juveniles facing the prospect of criminal charges as an adult, as well as the importance of young offenders working with an experienced advocate. As we noted, an experienced advocate will work so that a young offender's case is not transferred to the criminal system when this would be improper or inappropriate.  

Advocating for young people facing charges as an adult, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about young people who face the prospect of criminal charges. As we mentioned, in addition to juvenile courts waiving jurisdiction, there are certain types of cases in Maryland where juvenile courts do not have jurisdiction.

Advocating for young people facing charges as an adult, P.1

For those who are new to the criminal justice system, facing criminal charges can be a scary prospect, and navigating the system can be downright confusing. When the offender is a teenager, the feeling of overwhelm must be considerable. Teenage offenders, of course, aren’t always tried as adults, but they are in certain serious cases.

Baltimore County State’s Attorney declines to charge Shattuck

In our last series of posts, we looked at the case of former NFL cheerleader Molly Shattuck, who was recently sentenced for fourth-degree sexual assault in Delaware. As we noted, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger had said that he was considering pursuing charges against Shattuck for alleged illegal activity here in Maryland.