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  • Local poaching investigation under fire, hunters charged (for Ranger actions)

    04/25/2014 7:53:42 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 6 replies
    wsbtv.com ^ | 4/24/14 | Jodie Fleischer
    ATLANTA — When Georgia's Department of Natural Resources and North Carolina's Wildlife Resources Commission first announced the results of Operation Something Bruin in February 2013, they touted it as a huge success. The two main officers involved were each named Officer of the Year in their respective states. There were news conferences, press releases, even pre-produced videos posted online trumpeting the results. A year later, a Channel 2 Action News investigation found the web page has been taken down, local prosecutors in various counties have dismissed dozens of charges for lack of evidence, and the “80 wildlife violators” originally announced...
  • (RAT) State Sen. Yee arms trafficking, corruption case "entrapment" suggested

    04/01/2014 2:31:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Times Herald Online ^ | 4/01/14 | Josh Richman, Aaron Kinney
    SAN FRANCISCO -- State Sen. Leland Yee, accused of trafficking in illegal weapons and fraud, could have been pushed into brokering an arms deal, his attorney said Monday. It was only toward the end of a three-year investigation that federal undercover agents pushed hard for Yee to set up an arms deal, said Yee's attorney, Paul DeMeester, after a morning federal court hearing to discuss which of Yee's assets will be used to guarantee his $500,000 bond. "Entrapment is always a defense you can consider, but we have to look at all the evidence," DeMeester said after the brief hearing....
  • Dad sought someone to rape daughter in Craigslist ad

    11/06/2013 3:35:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Orlando sentinel ^ | Adrienne Cutway
    A Missouri man was arrested after police say he took his 11-year-old daughter to meet someone who agreed to sexually assault the girl in response to a Craigslist ad, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Authorities in St. Louis, Mo. were alerted to the Craigslist ad when a user reported it as abuse. From there, they reached out to 32-year-old Anthony Brinkman pretending to be someone interested in performing sexual acts on the girl. Brinkman told the undercover officer, who was posing as a 27-year-old woman, that he wanted her to be his girlfriend so the two could both assault the...
  • Brain-damaged man used in botched ATF sting gets house arrest

    06/09/2013 6:25:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 6-9-13 | Raquel Rutledge
    Chauncey Wright went looking for a job and got federally indicted instead. That's the way he put it Friday after being sentenced to six months of house arrest and four years' probation for his involvement in an undercover sting being run by the ATF. ATF agents hired Wright — who has brain damage, an IQ of 54 and functions at the level of a kindergartner — to work last year for their fake storefront in Riverwest. They met him outside of a Walmart and offered him a job promoting Fearless Distributing, spreading the word that the store was looking for...
  • FBI Ran Pedophile Ring to Nab Pedophiles

    05/30/2013 7:38:28 PM PDT · by null and void · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 May 2013, 8:24 AM PDT | Elizabeth Sheld
    As late as last year, the FBI ran a child pornography operation in an attempt to nab its customers.  The service ran for two weeks "while attempting to identify more than 5,000 customers, according to agent's statements to the court." Court records indicate the site continued to distribute child pornography online while under FBI control; the Seattle-based special agent, a specialist in online crimes against children, detailed the investigation earlier this month in a statement to the court. The methods used in the child pornography ring depart from traditional investigations, "historically, child pornography investigations stem from tips made to law...
  • Judge says it's OK to use your seized phone to impersonate you and entrap your friends

    07/24/2012 8:55:58 PM PDT · by carenot · 9 replies
    boingboing ^ | July 19, 2012 | Cory Doctorow
    A federal judge has upheld the practice of police using seized phones to impersonate their owners, reading messages and sending sending entrapping replies to contacts in the phone's memory, without a warrant. The judge reasoned that constitutional privacy rights don't apply to messages if they appear on a seized device -- even if the messages originated with someone who has not been arrested or is under suspicion of any crime:A federal appeals court held that the pager owner's Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure were not violated because the pager is "nothing more than a contemporary receptacle for...
  • Coming clean on 'dirty DUIs' in Contra Costa County

    10/18/2011 8:05:11 AM PDT · by DFG · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/16/11 | Maura Dolan
    David Dutcher met Sharon on Match.com in late 2008, a few months after separating from his wife. "We had a lot in common," he recalled. Sharon loved four-wheel-drive trucks and sports. They met for coffee, then dinner. Sharon was tall, slender, blond and beautiful. She moaned that she had not had sex in a long time. She told him he had large, strong hands and wondered if that portended other things. She described his kisses as "yummy." "It felt a lot like Christmas," said Dutcher, 49, a tall, burly engineer with wavy red hair.
  • Drowning Risk Prompts Biggest Ever Recall Of Backyard Pool Drain Covers

    05/26/2011 4:34:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    abcnews.go.cm ^ | 26May 2011 | Brian Hartman
    In its largest ever pool drain cover recall, the government's lead consumer watchdog has recalled almost 1 million pool and hot tub drain covers because of a drowning risk. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that pool owners should stop using dozens of different models made by eight different companies "immediately" because improper safety ratings mean the products "could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers." The recall comes nine months after ABC News revealed that millions of backyard pool drain covers may have been improperly tested for safety and might pose entrapment risks. "I want to make...
  • Mohamud Was Not Entrapped - How easily could you be persuaded to murder thousands of Americans?

    12/09/2010 8:35:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 7, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Mohamud Was Not EntrappedHow easily could you be persuaded to murder thousands of Americans? What would someone have to offer to entice you into killing someone? Or to entice you into killing thousands of people? The FBI has just caught Mohamed Osman Mohamud trying to kill 25,000 Americans at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland. That means the silly season is once again upon us. Not the holiday season — the entrapment season. It comes around, as surely as Cialis commercials follow NFL opening kickoffs, every time the FBI catches a jihadist trying to mass-murder Americans. You may have...
  • Entrapment and the Portland Christmas Tree Bomber (Will Portland jury buy the entrapment defense?)

    12/06/2010 7:21:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/06/2010 | Elise Cooper
    The recent arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud on November 26 demonstrates what a tough job the FBI has in keeping America's homeland safe. Mohamud was arrested in Oregon for attempting to detonate a bomb at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square among a crowd of thousands. His attorney is claiming an entrapment defense, which means that the FBI's job is not just about finding radicalized American terrorists, but also being able to cross all the Ts and dot all the Is to ensure a conviction. The entrapment argument is being used possibly to influence the jury...
  • Portland Bomber Will Use Entrapment As Defense (Mohamed Osman Mohamud)

    11/30/2010 8:14:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Gather ^ | 11/30/10
    Portland Bomber Will Use Entrapment As DefenseNovember 30, 2010 07:56 PM EST But good luck to him. No terror case has ever won acquittal by using entrapment. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a Somali-born naturalized U.S. citizen, has plead innocent to terror charges leveled against him. According to the FBI, he had several documented chances to back out of the attempted Christmas tree lighting bombing, but Mohamud’s defense claims that the very first meeting was not recorded, and that this meeting is the most important. This claim almost sounds like a conspiracy theory. The details of this case are not clear...
  • I-Team Uncovers Billions Lost To Medicare Fraud (Is this entrapment?) (Re: Acorn tapes)

    10/30/2009 10:12:54 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 11 replies · 1,125+ views
    CBS 4 Miami ^ | October 26th | Steven Stock
    CBS4 I-Team Investigator Stephen Stock went undercover with other I-Team member to find suspect medical clinics operating in South Florida one step ahead of the law. The grainy, shaky undercover video tape shot by the CBS4 I-Team shows dozens of...........
  • READY TO REVOLT: Oath Keepers pledges to prevent dictatorship in United States

    10/22/2009 7:03:24 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 80 replies · 2,465+ views
    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL ^ | October 18, 2009 | ALAN MAIMON
    Group asks police and military to lay down arms in response to orders deemed unlawful. Depending on your perspective, the Oath Keepers are either strident defenders of liberty or dangerous peddlers of paranoia. In the age of town halls, talk radio and tea parties, middle ground of opinion is hard to find. Launched in March by Las Vegan Stewart Rhodes, Oath Keepers bills itself as a nonpartisan group of current and retired law enforcement and military personnel who vow to fulfill their oaths to the Constitution. More specifically, the group's members, which number in the thousands, pledge to disobey orders...
  • US Pentagon scientist arrested for 'agreeing to be Israeli spy'

    10/19/2009 3:51:46 PM PDT · by SJackson · 104 replies · 2,041+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-19-09
    A scientist who worked for the US Defense Department, a White House space counsel and other agencies was arrested Monday on espionage charges. Department said Stewart David Nozette, 52, of suburban Chevy Chase, Maryland, was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to communicate, deliver and transmit classified information to an individual he believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer. The complaint does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf violated US law. Nozette was arrested Monday by FBI agents. He is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Washington on...
  • Attorney: FBI Trained NJ Blogger to Incite Others(Hal Turner-Government Informer!!)

    08/18/2009 2:33:06 PM PDT · by NetLiberty · 40 replies · 1,513+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/18/09 | Katie Nelson
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges was trained by the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday. Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an "agent provocateur" and was taught by the agency "what he could say that wouldn't be crossing the line," defense attorney Michael Orozco said.
  • Feeding A Killer Appetite - B'klyn Thug Cops Plea for Junk-Food Feast

    08/08/2008 9:31:41 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 198+ views
    nypost.com ^ | August 8, 2008 | Clemente Lisi
    Talk about taking a bite out of crime! For two years, a Brooklyn thug sat in an Oregon jail awaiting trial for a coldblooded murder, and all the fat felon could think about was food - a bucket of greasy chicken, a mouthful of lasagna, a slice of pizza. So when prosecutors offered to buy Tremayne Durham, 36, a fast-food buffet in exchange for a guilty plea that would land him behind bars, likely for the rest of his life, he bit right in. The 275-pound convicted rapist admitted he had shot a man to death over a failed business...
  • Judge: Bradenton Man, 94, Entrapped In Prostitution Sting (tax $$$ at work)

    07/16/2008 12:39:34 PM PDT · by traviskicks · 48 replies · 289+ views
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | 7/16/08 | MICHAEL A. SCARCELLA
    BRADENTON - A 94-year-old man whose arrest in a prostitution sting here caused an international buzz will not be prosecuted. A judge ruled Tuesday that Frank Milio was a victim of entrapment. Milio, who has dementia, was unable to get into a care facility while his case was pending. The undercover Manatee County Sheriff's Office detective on the street corner that afternoon in November took 30 steps to go chat with Milio, who authorities say had honked his car horn at the woman to get her attention. Milio, who turned 94 this month, stopped his car in a parking lot...
  • The Entrapment of Eliot Spitzer

    03/13/2008 3:32:58 AM PDT · by Nony · 168 replies · 3,940+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 13, 2008 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    The federal criminal investigation that has led to Eliot Spitzer's resignation as governor of New York illustrates the great dangers all Americans face from vague and open-ended sex and money-transaction statutes. Federal law, if read broadly, criminalizes virtually all sexual encounters for which something of value has been given. Federal money-laundering statutes criminalize many entirely legitimate and conventional banking transactions. Congress enacted these laws to give federal prosecutors wide discretion in deciding which "bad guys" to go after.
  • Man who picks up wallet to help feels discriminated against by cops

    12/09/2007 1:24:33 PM PST · by Dan Evans · 72 replies · 123+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | December 5th 2007, 4:00 AM | BY CHRISTINA BOYLE
    He was trying to do a good deed - but ended up feeling like a common criminal. Freelance photographer Carlos Alayo says he was late for a business meeting when he spotted a wallet lying abandoned on a subway platform bench. He picked it up and put it in his bag, with every intention of later finding its owner, but as he rushed to board the 6 train last Wednesday at Grand Central, he felt a hand on his shoulder. "Where's the wallet?" the undercover cop asked him. Alayo, 32, is one of the latest New Yorkers ensnared in the...
  • Fireman Was Set Up, Lawyer Says (Uniformed Perv Trolling In Park)

    11/13/2007 4:21:33 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 42 replies · 363+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | November 13, 2007 | Jodi Andes
    Fireman was set up, lawyer says Police put camera in city park where topless woman sunbathed, judge is told Tuesday, November 13, 2007 3:51 AM By Jodi Andes THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Robin Garrison is accused of exposing himself in Berliner Park. He was off duty but in uniform.Robin Garrison is accused of exposing himself in Berliner Park. He was off duty but in uniform. A Columbus firefighter charged with exposing himself in a city park went on trial yesterday, but his attorney said the charge was a police trap. Robin Garrison, 42, was charged with public indecency, a misdemeanor, after...
  • America’s Toe-Tapping Menace

    09/01/2007 10:40:02 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 56 replies · 2,319+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2 September 2007 | LAURA M. Mac DONALD
    ...That said, what results! In minute, choreographic detail, Mr. Humphreys (who died in 1988) illustrated that various signals — the foot tapping, the hand waving and the body positioning — are all parts of a delicate ritual of call and answer, an elaborate series of codes that require the proper response for the initiator to continue. Put simply, a straight man would be left alone after that first tap or cough or look went unanswered... ... His findings would seem to suggest the implausibility not only of Senator Craig’s denial — that it was all a misunderstanding — but also...
  • 'Hate-Crimes' Laws Ultimately Drag Christians into Court

    08/04/2007 9:44:58 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 10 replies · 833+ views
    Citizen Link ^ | 8-3-2007 | Stephen Adams
    'Hate-Crimes' Laws Ultimately Drag Christians into Court by Stephen Adams, associate editor Next month Congress is expected to take up a “hate-crimes” bill that would establish special protections for homosexuals. Under “hate-crimes” laws, could pastors risk jail time and big fines for expressing the biblical view of homosexuality?Absolutely. Just ask Stephen Boissoin, a Canadian pastor who wrote a letter in June to the editor of his local newspaper calling the homosexual agenda “wicked.” “From kindergarten class on,” he wrote, “our children, your grandchildren are being strategically targeted, psychologically abused and brainwashed by homosexual and pro-homosexual educators.” The letter caught the...
  • Informants scrutinized in Fort Dix case (barf alert)

    05/11/2007 2:15:33 PM PDT · by Baladas · 15 replies · 779+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2007 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. - He railed against the United States, helped scout out military installations for attack, offered to introduce his comrades to an arms dealer, and gave them a list of weapons he could procure, including machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. These were not the actions of a terrorist, but of a paid FBI informant who helped bring down an alleged plot by six Muslim men to massacre U.S. soldiers at New Jersey's Fort Dix. And those actions have raised questions of whether the government crossed the line and pushed the six men down a path they would not...
  • CNN: PAGE LAWYER DOES NOT RULE 'IN OR OUT' PRANK CLAIM

    10/06/2006 2:21:30 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 302 replies · 7,524+ views
    Drudgereport ^ | 10-06-06 | Drudge
    CNN: PAGE LAWYER DOES NOT RULE 'IN OR OUT' PRANK CLAIM... DEVELOPING... Former congressional page Jordan Edmund's lawyer Stephen Jones... BLITZER: He will join us live in the next hour. What are you hearing, Brian, about some of these Internet suggestions, some Republicans suggesting this whole thing is a prank, a hoax and there is no there, there. CNN REPORTER: "We asked him about that item in the DRUDGE REPORT. He said very clearly he cannot rule that in, he cannot rule that out. He says he is not saying it was not a prank but later in the interview,...
  • What happens when a fake john meets a fake police officer?

    09/22/2006 10:55:47 AM PDT · by Cagey · 47 replies · 2,743+ views
    The Post-Standard ^ | 9-22-2006 | ROBERT A. BAKER
    A sting was nearly stung Thursday when a Syracuse police officer pretending to be a john met a suspected prostitute pretending to be a police officer. It began when a male undercover officer was flagged down in the 100 block of Lodi Street by a female on the street, said Sgt. Tom Connellan, a Syracuse police spokesman. Here's his account of what happened Thursday morning: The woman got in the car and the two went to a nearby parking lot to negotiate a price for sex. She asked the cop if he was a cop. The officer said "no." "That's...
  • Sex Services in Prostitution Probes Banned

    02/17/2006 12:53:31 PM PST · by mlc9852 · 48 replies · 831+ views
    tbo.com ^ | February 17, 2006
    SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) -- The sheriff said Friday he will no longer allow detectives to receive sexual services while investigating suspected prostitution after they spent $1,200 at massage parlors last month and sparked a public outcry. Spotsylvania County Sheriff Howard Smith defended the practice as necessary to obtain a conviction but told his department he was suspending it. "As sheriff, I understand the feelings and concerns the citizens of this county have expressed," Smith said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Friday. "And I empathize with those feelings. Because of the public's express response, I have suspended...
  • Spotsylvania Deputies Receive Sex Services in Prostitution Cases

    02/14/2006 11:49:10 AM PST · by Tunehead54 · 43 replies · 743+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, February 13, 2006 | Tom Jackman
    They enter the massage parlors as undercover detectives. They leave as satisfied customers. In Spotsylvania County, as part of a campaign by the sheriff's office to root out prostitution in the massage parlor business, detectives have been receiving sexual services from "masseuses." During several visits to Moon Spa on Plank Road last month, detectives allowed women to perform sexual acts on them on four occasions and once left a $350 tip, according to court papers. Spotsylvania Sheriff Howard D. Smith said that the practice is not new and that only unmarried detectives are assigned to such cases. Most prostitutes are...
  • Undercover detectives receive sex services

    02/13/2006 6:54:17 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 44 replies · 1,495+ views
    Washington Post via MSNBC ^ | 2/13/06 | Tom Jackman
    WASHINGTON - They enter the massage parlors as undercover detectives. They leave as satisfied customers. In Spotsylvania County, as part of a campaign by the sheriff's office to root out prostitution in the massage parlor business, detectives have been receiving sexual services from "masseuses." During several visits to Moon Spa on Plank Road last month, detectives allowed women to perform sexual acts on them on four occasions and once left a $350 tip, according to court papers. Spotsylvania Sheriff Howard D. Smith said that the practice is not new and that only unmarried detectives are assigned to such cases. Most...
  • THE TRAP THE DEMS SET FOR BUSH

    09/07/2005 11:53:45 PM PDT · by laz · 55 replies · 1,333+ views
    laz | 9/08/05 | laz
    Someone on FR asked this question: I will say it again, did the RATS intentionally make things worse in LA to use as a political weapon ?My answer is yes, indeed they did. They most certainly did. And they made that decision BEFORE Katrina even hit. I outline their entire plan in a thread I posted several days ago: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1478397/postsBut before you read it, let me go even further than I did on that thread and take what I said to its logical conclusion. And if, after reading the thread, you think it's too far-fetched, just consider the slander and...
  • (Lt Gov John) Wilder clarifies reaction to legislative sting (Op Tennessee Waltz)

    06/04/2005 4:00:43 AM PDT · by GailA · 10 replies · 679+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/4/05 | Richard Locker
    Says he wasn't criticizing investigators, just 'entrapment' By Richard Locker June 4, 2005 NASHVILLE -- Lt. Gov. John Wilder said he intended only to express his belief that "entrapment is wrong," not to defend wrongdoing or criticize other investigative work when he spoke and prayed about indicted fellow lawmakers last week. "I think the FBI should investigate and get proof and prosecute any person who violates the law, whether it be murder or breaking a fiduciary trust, and the TBI should do the same," the Somerville Democrat said in an interview this week. "I'm proud of the TBI. I don't...
  • Governor Says He Would Welcome Rumor Probe

    02/11/2005 1:15:58 PM PST · by advance_copy · 76 replies · 5,403+ views
    WJZ 13 ^ | 2/11/05 | AP
    Annapolis, MD. (AP) If Democratic leaders want to conduct an investigation of an aide to Governor Ehrlich who was fired for circulating rumors about Mayor Martin O'Malley, the governor says they are welcome to do so. Ehrlich told reporters in Annapolis today he would help out with an investigation of Joseph Steffen, who posted rumors on the Internet that the Baltimore mayor had had an affair. O'Malley and his wife, Catherine, denounced the rumors as despicable lies. Ehrlich said it is clear that Steffen acted alone in repeating the rumors on the Internet. But Democratic leaders believe it was part...
  • City OKs red-light cameras (Denton, Texas)

    12/10/2004 6:37:24 AM PST · by Redbob · 54 replies · 2,468+ views
    Denton Wretched Chronicle ^ | 12-10-4 | Cliff Despres
    Red-light runners beware: Cameras soon will be watching in Denton. The City Council this week approved a new ordinance for the installation of cameras on some streets to photograph cars that run red lights. The measure, similar to ones in Garland, Frisco, Richardson and Plano, aims to prevent accidents. City officials will search for a vendor early next year to install and operate the system, and cameras will be placed at yet-to-be-chosen intersections by the end of 2005. Violators will be mailed $75 tickets. For people with three or more violations, the ticket is $150. "Hopefully the cameras will cut...
  • Hookers are using the Internet to keep tabs on undercover cops

    08/23/2004 12:26:45 PM PDT · by esryle · 13 replies · 1,517+ views
    CLAYTON, Mo. -- Hookers are using the Internet to keep tabs on undercover cops. Police departments have used computers for years, but now the oldest profession is going high-tech. St. Louis County vice-squad commander Rick Battelle said he was shocked to find his cell-phone number listed on a hookers-only Web site. Undercover police use mobile phones to set up sting operations. But some of those phone numbers were listed in the database. The hookers' computer files also included the names used by undercover officers and details about their unmarked cars. St. Louis area officers discovered the hookers' Internet database on...
  • MOVE OVER RACIAL PROFILING NOW ITS "SEXUAL PROFILING"

    06/16/2004 1:54:50 PM PDT · by KMC1 · 75 replies · 683+ views
    Crosswalk/State News Services ^ | 6.16.2004 | McCullough/Roeschke
    DETROIT - Sexual profiling was the charge by homosexual activists after the Michigan State Police conducted a sting operation on a bathroom on northbound U.S.127. The sting resulted in 12 arrests on charges ranging from solicitation, indecent exposure, and criminal sexual conduct. Those that were arrested claimed "sexual profiling" because of the timing of the sting. The arrests all immediately preceeded the impending "Michigan Pride Week". Those arrested and charged claim harrassment and discrimination. The State Police respond by saying that their attention was brought to this specific restroom by complaints from the community. They also claim no targeting was...
  • Detroit gun dealer shouldn't face charges for alleged "straw buy"

    06/16/2004 12:28:58 PM PDT · by wmichgrad · 26 replies · 291+ views
    MLive.com ^ | June 16, 2004 | The Associated Press
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A gun dealer should not face a misdemeanor charge for selling a firearm to an undercover law enforcement officer who indicated it was for an underage person who didn't have a license, the Michigan Supreme Court said in a decision released Wednesday. The court ruled that longtime Detroit gun dealer General Laney didn't violate federal or state statutes that allow licensed 18-year-olds to buy or receive a pistol from a private party, but prohibits them from purchasing a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer. In April 1999, two Wayne County sheriff's deputies — Walter Epps...
  • Sex, Lawyers, Secrets at Heart of Sealed Legal Case

    06/13/2004 1:08:22 PM PDT · by wildbill · 20 replies · 931+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 06/13/2004 | Maro Robbins
    Professional woman enjoys travel, music, massages, good wine and great food, the personal ad told visitors to the online dating service. Seeking intelligent, educated man with no strings, for erotic and intellectual relationship. "I am extremely discreet and require the same," read the ad on AdultFriendFinder.com, which touted itself as the "world's largest sex personals." Online flirting and secret meetings followed. But before long, discretion gave way to discovery. Soon the woman's husband was threatening to sue her lovers, exposing their infidelities, and several were paying him thousands of dollars not to go to court — a gambit that walked...
  • 'Officially' attractive cop guilty of entrapment

    01/23/2004 3:29:22 PM PST · by CoolGuyVic · 17 replies · 316+ views
    PlanetOut ^ | 1/22/04 | Christopher Curtis
    'Officially' attractive cop guilty of entrapment Christopher Curtis, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network Thursday, January 22, 2004 / 05:33 PM An appeals court in Florida ruled Wednesday that a detective working undercover was too good-looking for a gay man to be charged in a drug sting. According to the Sun-Sentinel, a Florida newspaper, Detective Mike Nahum went to a gay club in Fort Lauderdale in 2002 to investigate suspected drug activity. According to court records, he met Julio Blanco, a self-described "lonely gay man." Blanco testified that Nahum said he wanted to have a "good time" and to "party." While Blanco...
  • Dentist, 74, Admits He Traded Painkillers For Sex With Patients

    01/15/2004 5:27:32 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 20 replies · 152+ views
    Dentist, 74, Admits He Traded Painkillers For Sex With Patients Updated: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004 - 5:27 AM BALTIMORE (AP) - A Hyattsville dentist pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug charges, admitting that he wrote prescriptions for painkillers in exchange for sex with patients, federal officials said. DeWitt Webster, 74, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of unlawful distribution of Percocet, a painkiller. He will be sentenced March 25. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. As part of a plea agreement, Webster admitted that between September 2001 and...
  • New Rome (OH), city widely known as speed trap, loses only traffic light

    07/21/2003 5:04:56 PM PDT · by mhking · 32 replies · 414+ views
    <p>NEW ROME (AP) -- Onlookers cheered state officials as they took down the only traffic light in this central Ohio village known for decades as a speed trap.</p> <p>"It's wonderful," said Mayor Jamie Mueller, who has been trying to improve the image of the village since becoming the first mayor elected in New Rome in more than a decade. "It's another step in the right direction."</p>
  • Offer to Kill Woman During Sex Ends in Arrest

    06/30/2003 9:19:53 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 42 replies · 774+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon, Jun 30, 2003
    A Texas man got 10 years' probation for offering to strangle a suicidal Wisconsin woman whom he met over the Internet, lawyers said on Friday. Frank Manuel, 55, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, and was ordered by State District Judge Carol Davies on Thursday to submit to a psychiatric evaluation and stay away from the Internet. Houston police arrested Manuel in January, after a woman he met in a suicide chat group reported his offer to strangle her during sex, then bury her in a grave in a state forest with a rose on her chest. The woman, with investigators...
  • Cars cleaned, stolen, paid off while you wait

    06/24/2003 9:27:59 AM PDT · by World'sGoneInsane · 36 replies · 448+ views
    New Jersey Star Ledger ^ | June 24, 2003 | JONATHAN SCHUPPE
    Cars cleaned, stolen, paid off while you wait State lawmen's sting took in $1 million in luxury vehicles for owners low on cash Tuesday, June 24, 2003 BY JONATHAN SCHUPPE Star-Ledger Staff Ever wish someone would steal that car you wish you had never bought? An auto detailing shop in Jersey City offers just such a service. Or it did. The shop took in nearly 50 luxury cars worth more than $1 million over the past 10 months. The former owners told their insurance companies that the BMWs, Infinitis and Cadillacs had been stolen. One problem: The shop was operated...
  • Scott Ritter Speaks Out On 2001 Arrest - Offers his first public comments on controversy

    01/22/2003 2:30:38 PM PST · by Shermy · 298 replies · 549+ views
    WNYT-TV, Albany ^ | January 22, 2003
    ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 22 - Until now, former U.N. weapon's inspector Scott Ritter has declined to speak about allegations he was arrested in an Internet sex sting 19 months ago. However, NewsChannel 13 reached Ritter by phone Wednesday and for the first time he discussed the arrest and the sealed court documents. ...snip... "The case was dismissed. Therefore it never happened," Ritter said Wednesday. "I stood in a court of law, before a judge and an assistant district attorney, and they dismissed it," he added. But the court of public opinion has a different view. The story of Ritter's arrest...
  • Puckett Claims He Was Misled By ATF

    05/23/2002 5:45:36 AM PDT · by toddst · 20 replies · 366+ views
    Lexington Herand-Leader ^ | May 23,2002 | Louise Taylor,staff writer
    Posted on Thu, May. 23, 2002 Kentucky Militia leader Charlie Puckett's attorneys argued yesterday that five of 10 charges against their client should be dropped because the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms led him to believe his permit was OK, then arrested him. Puckett truthfully filled out the permit application, which failed to ask whether he was a convicted felon but instead posed specific questions about drunken-driving, drug and other convictions, defense attorney Patrick Nash told U.S. District Judge Jennifer Coffman during a hearing yesterday. When Puckett showed an ATF agent the permit, he was never told it...