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Monday September 22, 2014

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  • Monday Sep 15, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    Interesting items: Haitian sex abuse defamation, executing the innocent

    Two completely unrelated stories caught my attention today. The first draws a strange connection between a Haitian orphanage, clergy sex abuse and a Maine man with an axe to grind. The second considers what a federal judge might do if faced with an innocent man condemned to die. An orphanage in Haiti and a defamation suit in Maine Scott Dolan wrote an interesting piece for this paper discussing a defamation […]

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  • Friday Sep 12, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Steve Robinson might have committed a felony by recording that conference call

    Steve Robinson, a blogger for the conservative “The Maine Wire” might be in trouble. He secretly recorded a conference call between liberal groups planning a reaction to anti-Mike Michaud adds. The Attorney General is now investigating the situation for possible criminal prosecution. Though Robinson initially claimed that he got the recording from a source, he has since admitted that he made the recording himself. Obviously, Robinson was not invited to participate […]

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  • Thursday Sep 11, 2014 | 7:31 am

    Today’s Pistorius verdict shows differences between South African & U.S. law

    The Oscar Pistorius murder trial started in March and today, it’ll be up to the single trial judge to render her verdict. A lot has been said about the possible outcomes and the broader social impact, but for me the case highlights striking differences between the the South African and U.S. Criminal Justice systems. No Jury There are no juries in South Africa criminal trials, and so it will be up to […]

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    Monday Sep 08, 2014 | 11:25 am

    A tour of the guidelines: former VA Governor, Bob McDonnell’s likely sentence

    Last week, a federal jury in Virginia returned guilty verdicts against Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. The two were indicted in January of 2014, just days after Bob McDonnell’s term as Virginia’s Governor ended. The 43 page indictment lists 14 counts mostly related to soliciting and receiving bribes. News outlets have reported that Bob McDonnell faces something like 84 years in prison. While that is hypothetically possible, it’s pretty […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    If Michael Brown was the initial aggressor, does it matter?

    An account has emerged claiming that Michael Brown was the initial aggressor in the fatal encounter with Ferguson, MO Police Officer Darren Wilson. The account comes from a person identified only as Josie who phoned into a radio program called “The Dana Show.” Here’s the call: CNN reported that: “A source with detailed knowledge of the investigation later told CNN the caller’s account is “accurate,” in that it matches what […]

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    Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 | 12:18 pm

    Ferguson recap 8/19/14, autopsy, tear gas & John Oliver’s take

    When I last wrote about the Ferguson Missouri situation, it seemed that the conflict was drawing to a close. Turns out, that was super not what happened. It’s worth considering where we are now and how we got here. Last Thursday, as things looked like they were going to explode, Governor Jay Nixon ordered State Police to take over security from the Ferguson PD. Capt. Ronald S. Johnson was appointed to […]

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  • Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 6:31 am

    Sooo…this Ferguson, Missouri sitch got kinda crazy

    If you hadn’t noticed already, stuff in Ferguson, Missouri got pretty rugged for a second. The St. Louis suburb was in turmoil after the 8/9/14 police shooting of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown Jr. Eyewitnesses, including Brown’s friend and a bystander, report that an officer struggled with Brown through the window of his police car and then shot the teen as he ran away. Witnesses said that after he was hit Brown turned, put his […]

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  • Thursday Aug 14, 2014 | 6:37 am

    Teacher charged with “maintaining drug-involved premises,” what’s that?

    Noel Thibodeau is a former language teacher accused of allowing his home to be used for drug activity. He was arrested on August 5th and released on bail this monday. Thibodeau is charged with a federal crime that we don’t see very often called “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises.” After reading the coverage earlier this week, I thought I would take a closer look at the law. The statute is 21 U.S.C. […]

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  • Friday Aug 08, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    Ex-Connecticut mayor who defrauded Maine man loses appeal

    Peter DiRosa used to be the mayor of Manchester, Connecticut. Today he’s serving a 57-month federal prison sentence for wire fraud. DiRosa was convicted in Portland’s federal court in 2013 for his role in defrauding Frank Jablonski out of $540,000. This week, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence. Facts of DiRosa’s case Frank Jablonski invested $600,000 with DiRosa and his business partner, Thomas Renison. The money […]

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