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Attorney Jude Faccidomo in the Miami Herald: “No charges to be filed in cockfighting ring probe”

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Miami cockfighting case fizzles. Prosecutors blame animal-rights group for fouling it up By David Ovalle November 14, 2018 01:10 PM Updated November 15, 2018 03:00 PM Members of an undercover investigations group known as the Animal Recovery Mission, dressed in black uniforms and some wearing masks, surrounded a property in Southwest Miami-Dade earlier this… Read More »

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New Study: Jury Trials are Increasingly Rare in Criminal Cases

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According to reporting from the Center on Crime and Justice at John Jay College, new research has demonstrated that jury trials are becoming far less common in criminal cases. In a recent study, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) found that only three percent of criminal cases go before a jury. This… Read More »

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Fourth Amendment Watch: Supreme Court Cracks Down on Warrantless Digital Snooping

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On June 22nd, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a long-awaited opinion in the case of Carpenter v. United States. In a landmark 5 to 4 ruling, the nation’s highest court ruled that the government’s acquisition of cell tower records amounts to a search for the purposes of the Fourth Amendment,… Read More »

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Study: Many Jurors Fail to Grant Defendants a Presumption of Innocence

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Under American criminal law, defendants are innocent until they are proven guilty. You have probably heard this phrase many times before; most people are familiar with the general concept. In a criminal court, the prosecution has the legal burden of presenting evidence to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This is one… Read More »

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Americans are Increasingly Concerned About Over-Incarceration

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The United States has a higher rate of incarceration than any other country on earth. The Prison Policy Initiative reports that the American incarceration rate is approximately 693 per 100,000 residents. Not only is this far above the global average, it is far above the second highest rate. The only other countries that have… Read More »

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Why You Should Not Just “Plead Guilty” to Underage Drinking Charges

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We all understand that alcohol is a common presence on college campuses throughout South Florida. Yet, under Florida law (Florida Statutes 562.111), it is a criminal act for a person who is under the age of 21 to be in possession of alcohol. If you or your college student has received an underage drinking… Read More »

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Alleged Crime Spree Leads to Multiple Charges

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An alleged multi-state crime spree recently came to an end as Florida law enforcement engaged in gunfire with a couple that the media calls a modern day version of Bonnie and Clyde. According to reports, the man and woman are accused of committing numerous crimes in Missouri, Alabama and Georgia. Florida officials also allege… Read More »

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FSU Player Accident Triggers an Investigation

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According to recent reports, a Florida State University (FSU) football player was let off with a simple traffic ticket after leaving the scene of a serious car accident. The New York Times is reporting that the accident occurred in the early morning, following a victory by the university football team. As a teenager drove… Read More »

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Halloween Pranks Lead to Trouble for Your College Student

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Halloween is a time for fun, candy and costumes, but it is also a time for tricks and pranks. All over the state, young adults will try to pull off jokes that will both scare and amuse their unsuspecting victims. Unfortunately, amongst all of the fun, these endeavors can go wrong, causing serious injury… Read More »

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