June 2015 Archives

Mayor enters guilty plea as criminal defense strategy

Residents of Springfield, Louisiana have been following the federal criminal case of that city's mayor since 2012, when he and the city's police chief were indicted on charges related to the alleged cover-up of a drunk-driving ticket. Mayor Charles Martin was set to begin trial in the matter this month, but instead choose to enter a guilty plea. He has also resigned his position with the city, leaving a mayoral term that would have remained in place until the summer of 2017. The decision to accept a plea deal is often part of a complex criminal defense strategy.

Member of "Angola 3" may need representation yet again

Many Louisiana residents are aware of an unusual case in which a man who has been held in solitary confinement for 43 years may be released in the coming days. The case has led to a great deal of debate around the issue of prison reform, and many are heralding a judge's order to release the now 68-year-old prisoner as a human rights win. The matter remains unresolved, however, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has issued a temporary stay that will keep him behind bars for at least a few more days. It is unclear what type of representation the man has as he waits to see what the future may hold for him.

Five detectives could be charged with a crime

An ongoing investigation into mishandling of hundreds of cases could lead to legal trouble for the Louisiana detectives assigned to those cases, as well as supervisory staff. The investigation of the New Orleans Police Department was conducted by the New Orleans inspector general, and an internal probe has also been initiated. The primary focus of the investigation centers on 1,290 911 calls that came in between 2011 to 2013, all of which were centered on sex crime matters. As of the time of this report, none of the individuals have been charged with a crime, but the chair of the City Council's Criminal Justice Committee has made public statements concerning the criminal nature of the actions taken by some detectives and supervisors.

Fraud charges focus on ???Dark Web??? activities

For many in Louisiana, the term "Dark Web" has no relevance. The term is used to describe the portion of the Internet that allows users to conduct activities, often illegal in nature, without disclosing their identities. One of the most well-known sites that operate on the dark web is the Silk Road, an online marketplace that allows users to buy and sell goods and services, many of which were illegal. The recent arrest and federal fraud charges against one Louisiana man offers a peek inside this little-known corner of the online world.

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