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Does a DUI lead to more serious crimes

From Forensic Magazine,  DUI’s are linked to future handgun crimes.


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IC3 Latest Scams

 The Internet scams never end. Here is a link from the Internet Crime Commission’s website

Current and ongoing Internet trends and schemes identified by the Internet Crime Complaint Center along with its description:

Auction Fraud
Auction Fraud — Romania
Counterfeit Cashier’s Check
Credit Card Fraud
Debt Elimination
Parcel Courier Email Scheme
Employment/Business Opportunities
Escrow Services Fraud
Identity Theft
Internet Extortion
Investment Fraud
Nigerian Letter or “419”
Third Party Receiver of Funds

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Sex Trafficking in America-Aggravated Prostitution-Is Having Aids a Crime?

Prostitute talking to a potential customer in ...

Prostitute talking to a potential customer in Western Europe – Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I sometimes forget about AIDS as it never comes into the news much, except for Africa, and there I thought the US was helping Africa get control of the AIDS epidemic. But we have forgotten about our own problems. Amazing that you can get treatment in Africa, but evidently not in Tennessee. In Tennessee a person is sentenced to the Sex Offender list for being HIV positive.  I came across this blog, Criminal HIV Transmission from the HIV Justice Network.

From the Knoxville News Sentinel, June 2009

[The woman] differs from most of the 525 other known prostitutes arrested in Knox County over the past five years in one significant way: she is HIV-positive. [Her] medical condition means that when she turns tricks for a living she’s committing a felony called aggravated prostitution. Women without HIV face misdemeanor prostitution charges that often add up to no more than probation and a fine. [She] is a repeat offender, having been convicted twice of being an HIV-infected prostitute before she was arrested a third time early this year, records show. Despite the fact that she’s never been accused of any type of sexual assault, her criminal history already means she must register as a sex offender under state law and follow many of the same restrictions as rapists and child molesters.

US Conference of Mayors has asked to decriminalized AIDS.  Read this.  

Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution calling for “the elimination of HIV-specific criminal laws and implementation of approaches to HIV within the civil and criminal justice systems that are consistent with the treatment of similar health and safety risks.”
It goes on to support the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act and endorses the recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS for ending federal and state HIV-specific criminal laws, prosecutions, and civil commitments. – See more at:
In North Carolina, our only incidents with HIV people is when they are arrested and the police report being bitten, spit on, etc..(What -no infected prostitutes?) According to the statement by the US Conference of Mayors,
“WHEREAS, nearly all HIV-specific criminal laws do not consider correct and consistent condom use and effective antiretroviral therapy that reduces the risk of HIV transmission to near-zero as evidence of a lack of intent or ability to harm; and behaviors that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have negligible risk of transmitting HIV, such as spitting and biting, have resulted in sentences as long as 35 years: and – “

Time for our legislators to actually research the law before just passing law in reaction to opinion.

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Do Police have a duty to protect us?

Washington DC: United States Supreme Court

Washington DC: United States Supreme Court (Photo credit: wallyg)

My groups on Google Plus tend to have the most interesting conversations. The latest discussion revolved around a news article where Josephine County, OR Sheriff’s office only works Monday-Friday 8-5. The police dispatcher listened as the woman was assaulted and raped by her old boyfriend and commented “they wished they could help”. (Click here to read the news article) I think that is incredible.   A lawyer connection (Michael Ehline, Ehline Law Firm PC, Redondo Beach, CA-thank you)  told me–NO duty.

Why exactly do we need police-to issue speeding tickets?

Here is our esteemed Supreme Court decision.

Justices Rule Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect Someone
By LINDA GREENHOUSE, Published: June 28, 2005

WASHINGTON, June 27 – The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.

The decision, with an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia and dissents from Justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, overturned a ruling by a federal appeals court in Colorado. The appeals court had permitted a lawsuit to proceed against a Colorado town, Castle Rock, for the failure of the police to respond to a woman’s pleas for help after her estranged husband violated a protective order by kidnapping their three young daughters, whom he eventually killed.
To read the full story click here

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Do we need the Bail Industry

This is from a discussion on Linked In. It is pretty interesting. Does the USA need bail bondsman? Should the states set up a system like in Wisconsin?

Bail Bond agency in Indianapolis

Bail Bond agency in Indianapolis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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What is your opinion. I think we need “private bail agents” who have a vested interest in making sure the person shows up for court. Too many families have no means in the way of bail and to help could place the family in “harm”. Why should a family lose their home because they used it as “surety” to get a family member out of jail. The family has no expertise in criminal matters and has no means of ensuring the person shows up. And there are a ton of “failure to appears” in courthouse that might be cleared up if bail agents are involved.


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With No Unified Database, Many Murder Victims Remain Nameless – WNYC

With No Unified Database, Many Murder Victims Remain Nameless – WNYC. The need for a national database of missing persons.

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Human Trafficking in North Carolina

Old news to some, new News for me…

The case of Lucinda Lyons Shackelford of Charlotte. Shackelford was convicted of Human Enslavement for charges of forced labor and document servitude, which is the withholding of an individual’s legal documents, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

According to Grio (

The US Justice Department alleged that Shackleford forced the teen to clean her home, work on her boyfriend’s car and sell beer to trailer park residents. The indictment also alleges that she demanded his pay, struck him, and threatened to call law enforcement and immigration officials if he did not return to her home. (Sounds like how I grew up)



Shackleford was convicted and sentenced.

JUDGMENT as to Lucinda Lyons Shackleford (1), Count(s) 1, 2 yrs. prob.; $100.00 sp. asst; $724.00 rest.; Count(s) 2, 2 yrs. prob. to run concurrent; $25.00 sp. asst. Restitution Ordered. Signed by District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr on 11/13/2012. (chh)

The Press Release, click here


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