One of the most common stings is the setup of the unwary sex offender looking for underage woman on the internet. These arrests in Louisiana for Internet solicitation of a minor usually involve going to meet an undercover agent who represented herself to be an underage girl during Internet chats. The trap is so commonplace that you'd think it has played its course, but new offenders fall for it regularly without fail.
Some laws are just too nasty to be overlooked by an independent judiciary. One such law was declared unconstitutional by a Louisiana Circuit Court Judge in a recent decision. The court struck down a Louisiana statute making it a felony for immigrants to drive without documents to prove they're legally in the United States. If they can't prove it, they are charged with a crime and given up to a year in prison.
Gambling at a casino with free money would be a lot of fun, but not where the ultimate winnings are an all-expenses-paid visit to state prison. A Louisiana man was arrested recently for white collar crime when he was caught trying to pawn off fake $100 dollar bills at the tables at the Boomtown Casino located in Harvey. He put up three $100 bills at a gaming table at the casino but was thwarted by an observant dealer who said that the bills felt 'funny'.
Reports and books abound these days regarding the high numbers of people that are wrongly accused of serious crime under our imperfect system of investigation and prosecution of crime. It is at least gratifying to see that a prosecutor in Louisiana has the integrity to admit when the wrong man has been charged with a crime. Unfortunately, the wrong man in this case spent some nine months in jail and suffered untold anguish under charges of first-degree murder while knowing that he was totally innocent of any involvement in the incident.
It seems that many arrests for contraband start out with a car being pulled over for a non-operating tail or break light. The officer may then observe a weapon or drugs sitting in plain view. This justifies a search of the vehicle. That fairly common scenario occurred recently in Louisiana near the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe and led to drug charges and a gun violation against a Monroe man.
Because physicians have a license to prescribe controlled substances, they always face a risk of being accused of abusing the privilege. If a physician is too lenient in prescribing controlled drugs or if he is easily subject to manipulation by drug criminals, he can be duped or misled into committing criminal offenses. In Louisiana, a doctor who faces drug charges relating to the writing of prescriptions may face relinquishment of his prescription-writing privileges in addition to the possibility of other more serious punishment.
The identification of suspects by the authorities is a process filled with potential flaws. Police must try to be reasonably certain that they have based their identification and arrest on solid evidence that will hold up under later scrutiny. In a recent Louisiana incident, two individuals were arrested and charged with a crime based on an initial identification of the car in which they were riding a day after the alleged crime.
Two Louisiana men are facing a difficult series of charges for their alleged involvement in schemes at the landfill in which they both worked. One man has already pleaded guilty to charges of embezzlement and cooperated with authorities as part of a plea agreement limiting his prison term to five years. The other man has yet to face a judge for charges of embezzlement, conspiracy and more. Now, the case has been further complicated as the government, in an unusual twist, has brought additional criminal charges against both men.
A high school teacher was stopped along a Louisiana roadway recently and accused of having drugs in her possession. While conducting the stop, police later reported, they discovered that the teacher's car contained 53 pounds of marijuana. The discovery led to the arrest of the teacher on a drug possession charge. She hopes to be released on bond soon, according to one person who was interviewed by reporters at the teacher's home.