“You have the right to remain silent.”
That is the beginning of the Miranda Rights statement, made famous by police procedural dramas watched by millions, if not billions, of people over the last few decades.
Police officers are often forced to fight an uphill battle when they are faced with criminal charges. Although the accused is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, officers are scrutinized not only by the prosecutors and judges, but also the media and the public.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) considers asset forfeiture as the “most effective” way to dismantle a criminal organization, which necessarily involves a financial investigation to effectively locate criminally derived assets.
A bill proposed by Utah State Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, would remove mugshots from websites in the public record. This would legislate some of the work Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder has already been doing to protect the reputations of arrested individuals.
In the past decade, we’ve heard about a myriad of cases involving fraud and other white- collar crimes. In fact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified common fraudulent schemes including Ponzi and pyramid schemes, health care fraud, business fraud and investment fraud.
In today’s plugged in world, one online scandal is enough to trash a reputation and inflict serious psychological and emotional damage. Some scorned exes have done just that by posting “revenge porn” — nude or sexually explicit photos or videos — online without the consent of the portrayed subjects.
What’s a better way to start off the New Year than to hear about yet another offshore bank circumventing tax laws?
On November 8, 2012, Jared Loughner was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences and 140 additional years in prison without parole. This ruling comes exactly one year and 10 months after Loughner killed six people and injured 13 others at a neighborhood meet and greet in Tucson, Arizona.
The insanity defense has been a staple of many high-profile criminal court cases, at least in common law jurisdictions, since King Edward II of England compared the mental capacity of an insane defendant to that of an animal in the wilderness. The insanity defense is not used as often as the general public might think, but when it is mentioned in relation to criminal cases such as the Aurora movie theater shootings and the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky, it makes headlines.