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James Holmes To Enter Insanity Plea In Aurora Movie Theater Shooting Trial


DENVER — The man accused in the deadly Colorado theater shootings wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers said Tuesday, despite their fears that the plea could severely hamper his ability to mount … Continue reading

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NACDL News Release: House Judiciary Committee Overcriminalization Task Force Established


Bipartisan Effort Establishes House Judiciary Committee Overcriminalization Task Force Washington, DC (May 7, 2013) – The House Committee on the Judiciary this morning voted unanimously to create the “Overcriminalization Task Force of 2013.” According to Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte … Continue reading

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The tax education of Lauryn Hill: Prison


(CNN) — Lauryn Hill told the judge who sentenced her to prison that she planned to pay her taxes; it was just a question of when. Read full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/06/showbiz/lauryn-hill-prison/index.html

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China Trade Consultant Robert Spearman on his Life Abroad


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/enchantedlifesalon/2013/05/05/baby-boomers-going-global–working-overseas–importexport

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Notable New Child Porn Case


Over the weekend, experienced lawyer and federal sentencing guru Mark Allenbaugh (firm website here) alerted me to what he called a “new and (again) excellent opinion by Judge Jack Weinstein” in U.S. v. D.M., 12-CR-170 (EDNY May 1, 2013) (available … Continue reading

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New Article Discussing Findings in New Sentencing Commission Report


But the main reason Congress has upped the penalties for men who possess child pornography is the deep-seated belief that many of them physically abuse children and that they are highly likely to keep doing so because they can’t stop … Continue reading

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Mark Allenbaugh to speak at AFDA online seminar on USSC Federal Child Pornography Offenses Report


Association Of Federal Defense Attorneys (AFDA) Online Seminar PROGRAM: The New Sentencing Commission Report on Federal Child Pornography Offenses: What Practitioners Need to Know SPEAKERS: Mark Allenbaugh (former staff attorney at U.S. Sentencing Commission) Tess Lopez (sentencing mitigation specialist; former … Continue reading

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Teacher escapes aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge for sex with minor student


A high school physical education teacher will spend 10 years on the Illinois sex offender registry after she was caught having sex with a student in the parking lot of a Kohl’s department store. Read the full story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/24/ashley-blumenshine-sentenced-sex-with-student_n_3145821.html?utm_hp_ref=crime#slide=2077984 … Continue reading

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Disney worker accused of distributing child porn


A Disney employee at Fort Wilderness is accused of sharing child porn with an undercover officer. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said 28-year-old Kentriale Barnes admitted that he’s been looking at child porn for a few years and knows … Continue reading

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With Fewer to Lock Up, Prisons Shut Doors


With Fewer to Lock Up, Prisons Shut Doors Declining Inmate Population, Partly Thanks to Softer Sentences, Spurs Some Cash-Strapped States to Close Facilities By DAN STRUMPF America’s prison boom is starting to fizzle. For decades, the country had little trouble … Continue reading

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