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February 2011 Archives

Man charged with sex crime for YouTube video

In a case that illustrates some of the problems with Internet sex crime prosecutions, 21- year old Evan Emory has been formally charged with manufacturing child sexually abusive material for making a video that features him singing a sexually explicit song to elementary students.

Reggae singer Buju Banton receives second trial for drug charges

Buju Banton, a reggae star who recently won the 2010 Grammy for Best Reggae Album, is about to undergo a second trial on charges of alleged drug trafficking. The first trial, conducted five months ago, ended when a hung jury refused to convict.

Former airline sales agent pleads guilty to wire fraud

The crime of wire fraud is very similar to the crime of mail fraud. Broadly defined, wire fraud includes creating a scheme to defraud another person through a lie or misrepresentation that involves the use of interstate wires. The concept of interstate wires is broad enough to include actions on the internet and actions involving the use of credit cards.

Facebook posts used to incriminate Pennsylvania man

Law enforcement officials have learned that the Internet has a long memory and statements made on the Internet can be used to incriminate a suspect. Recently, police and prosecutors used the Facebook statements of a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man as evidence of criminal solicitation of murder.

Child Porn Leads to Federal Prison for Former Pennsylvania Man

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to six years in federal prison after he pled guilty to charges related to the distribution of child pornography. The man was also accused of attempting to destroy evidence related to the child pornography when he reportedly destroyed an external hard drive containing illegal images.

U.S. Marshals: Fugitive hid near Pittsburgh for 30 years

A 71-year old man who made it a habit to avoid law enforcement officers for much of his adult life has been arrested. For the last 30 years, the man lived unnoticed in Southwestern Pennsylvania under the assumed name of Jack Hunter. Marijuana charges were filed against him back in 1980, when he was living in Fort Lauderdale. Authorities believe he was part of a conspiracy to import marijuana into his home country of Canada.

Dozens charged for alleged credit card fraud

Some 24 people are currently facing white collar charges that carry the potential of decades of prison time, including second degree grand larceny and possession of forged instruments. The charges stem from the activities of an alleged credit card theft ring, in which thousands of credit card numbers and their related details were stolen from individuals across the country.

Man faces felony charges for reading wife's e-mail

This week, a judge ruled that Leon Walker will stand trial in one of the most unusual internet crime prosecutions in memory. The case will have profound implications for inter-spousal privacy and the application of anti-hacking statutes. On April 11, the 33-year-old man will stand trial and face charges that he illegally hacked into his then-wife's e-mail account.

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