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Category: News & Announcements

FBI Agent Who Investigated Sex Crimes Faces Multiple Sex Crime Charges

October 25, 2021 News & Announcements, Sex Crimes

In late August, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Supervisory Special Agent David Harris of the FBI. He was arrested in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, and charged with sex crimes spanning multiple states over several years. As a result of the judge declaring him a “threat to the public at large,” he is currently being held without bond …

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New Bill Would Allow Prison Sentence Reduction Through Rehabilitation

October 21, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

A new bill, SB 504 (2022), filed for the second time by Republication Senate Senator Keith Perry, would allow prison inmates to reduce the length of their sentence through rehabilitation. Senator Perry combined forces with Democratic Representative, Dianne Hart, on the bill for rehabilitation credits in addition to gain-time. “Gain-time” refers to the sentence reduction an inmate would receive off …

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Florida’s Fight to Expand Hate Crime Protections

October 18, 2021 News & Announcements

Last week, members of the Florida Hate Crime Coalition gathered at Florida’s Capitol to show their support for SB 308, legislation aimed at expanding protections afforded in Florida’s hate crime law. SB 308, filed by Senator Lori Berman, and its matching house bill, HB 111, filed by Representative Joe Geller, expands grounds for reclassification of offenses to include prejudice based …

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“Slap a Teacher” TikTok Challenge – the New “Devious Licks”

October 18, 2021 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses, News & Announcements

“Devious Licks” Challenge TikTok, a wildly popular social media platform where users share short videos, was recently overwhelmed by the “Devious Licks” challenge. This challenge centered around students posting videos of themselves vandalizing their schools and stealing items from them– from things as small as disposable masks to as large as bathroom sinks. As a result, TikTok removed content around …

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The Miya Marcano Case

October 18, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

Just a few weeks after Gabby Petito’s body was found by police, another Florida woman had been classified as missing. Nineteen-year-old Miya Marcano was last seen near the Arden Villa apartments where she lived and worked in Orlando, Florida. She was supposed to take a trip down to South Florida to see her family, but after missing the flight her …

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Data Reveals More Than Half Police Killings Misclassified or Unreported

October 18, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Altercations between police officers and citizens can lead to extremely tense situations. In the worst of cases, these altercations can result in fatalities. Over the last few years, the United States has seen a rise in violence between cops and members of the community. This has sparked outrage across the nation and has led to movements such as the Black …

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Bill Limits the Use of DNA in Criminal Databases Without Consent

October 15, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

On October 1, legislation went into effect in Florida to create criminal penalties for accessing another person’s DNA without their consent. Ultimately, the law provides protective measures to ensure that people’s genetic information is protected. SB 1140 & HB 833 Specifically, SB 1140, also called the Protecting DNA Privacy Act, was a measure backed by Senator Ray Rodrigues. The matching …

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Florida Vet Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty & Child Porn Charges

October 13, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

The Disturbing Facts of the Case This past March, 40-year-old Prentiss Madden, a veterinarian in Aventura, Florida, was arrested and later charged with child pornography and animal cruelty charges. Madden was a well-known and highly respected veterinarian in the area and, at the time of his arrest, served as the medical director of Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Aventura. Madden …

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Attorneys Ask for Death Penalty Reversal for Marlin Joseph

October 12, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

A Rare Sentence On November 19, 2020, Marlin Joseph became the first person in Palm Beach County to be sentenced to death in 18 years. The case resulted in a wave of shock throughout the area, as prosecutors have sought to impose the death penalty 112 times since 2010, with Joseph being the only one sent to death row. Joseph, …

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