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Blog Posts in February, 2016

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  • Bank Fraud Scheme Lands Wealthy Businessman in Federal Prison
    Bank Fraud Scheme Lands Wealthy Businessman in Federal Prison

    A wealthy businessman whose fraudulent schemes with a Sarasota homebuilder have earned him a sentence of 16 months behind bars in a federal prison. The scheme involved the purchase of a home owned by ...

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  • What Qualifies as a
    What Qualifies as a "Deadly Weapon"?

    In what some are calling a “stupid prank” blown out of proportion, a young man from Jupiter, Florida is facing felony aggravated assault charges after tossing a three-foot-long alligator through the ...

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  • Florida Bill Would Expand Definition of
    Florida Bill Would Expand Definition of "Hate Crime"

    A bill currently making its way through the Florida Legislature would expand the definition of a “hate crime” to include crimes committed against a person if the victim was employed in a certain ...

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  • The Eighth Amendment and Mitigating Circumstances in a Death Penalty Case
    The Eighth Amendment and Mitigating Circumstances in a Death Penalty Case

    Even a person who is only casually familiar with the criminal justice system likely knows that the prosecution must prove a defendant’s guilt by proof beyond a reasonable doubt. In a death penalty ...

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  • Florida Senate Moves to Abolish 20-Year Mandatory Sentence for Aggravated Assault
    Florida Senate Moves to Abolish 20-Year Mandatory Sentence for Aggravated Assault

    Just recently the Florida Senate voted unanimously to remove aggravated assault where a firearm is discharged from the list of offenses which would result in the automatic imposition of a 20-year ...

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  • Admission of Videotape Evidence in a Criminal Trial
    Admission of Videotape Evidence in a Criminal Trial

    Video-cameras are everywhere: inside buildings, on street corners and intersections, and (according to a recent blog and related article), even on roaming police vehicles. It is a constant feature in ...

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