Modern technology and social media networks make it very easy to stay in contact with more people than ever. There are times, however, when staying in contact with a former romantic partner may result in criminal charges.
A report that looked at drug charges in New York, Texas, Florida and Louisiana is disturbing and points to the need for considering decriminalization of drug possession. It was released on Oct. 12 by the Human Rights Commission and the American Civil Liberties Union.
One year after a legal aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was shot and killed in Brooklyn, a fifth suspect has been indicted by a grand jury. The 31-year-old accused gang member was taken into custody in California and then extradited to New York on Sept. 10. He now faces charges of second-degree murder and a sentence of 25 years to life if convicted.
In January 2016, the National Incident-based Reporting System, or NIBRS, began tracking instances of animal cruelty. The database monitors incidents such as gross neglect, torture and sexual abuse. Previously, instances of animal cruelty were classified under all other crimes in the FBI's "Crime in the United States" report. There are several reasons why the decision was made to keep tabs on animal abuse in the same way arson, burglary and other felonies are tracked.
Salmonella poising is a terrible thing. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, dehydration and week long fevers. Many people end up in the hospital, some develop reactive arthritis, and a few die.
There may be New York residents who can benefit from understanding more about the charges associated with accusations of terrorism. According to applicable federal statutes, terrorism may be described as dangerous or violent acts that endanger human lives and violate laws with the intent to coerce or intimate a civilian population, influence government policy or disrupt government through destructive means, including kidnapping and assassination. Terrorism may be international or domestic, depending on the jurisdiction where the offense occurred.
Dennis Hastert has not been indicted on a single charge of sexual abuse. He has also not been charged with any bribery scheme or for illegally paying money that he was not allowed to pay. Instead, the indictment of Mr. Hastert, who is the former Republican Speaker of the House, lays out two different counts: taking money out of the bank the wrong way, and then lying to the FBI about what he did with the money.
A New York man was reportedly robbed at gunpoint on May 27 at approximately 11:30 a.m. The 28-year-old man stated that he had traveled to a street corner in the Crown Heights section in order to meet a person who had answered his Craigslist.com ad.
In 2012, after the wife of NYPD cop Gilberto Valle installed spyware software on his computer, she found dozens of disturbing chat logs from a website called DarkFetishNet. The chats contained Officer Valle's schemes and fantasies to kidnap, rape, cook, and eat women, including his wife. Although he never took any actions and his desires never resulted in any actual crimes, he was arrested, nicknamed the "Cannibal Cop," and ultimately convicted in federal court on conspiracy charges. He faced life in prison.
A 45-year-old White Plains woman is facing charges for allegedly posing as a dentist and performing medical procedures on unsuspecting patients. She was arraigned in a New York court on April 16.