Two ICE agents were attacked in Mexico in February. One of the men was killed in the attack. Since that time, federal investigators have been taking a hard look into weapons smuggling on the southern border.
Not all weapons crimes are violent crimes or involve a felon in possession of a firearm. Many weapons crimes are a matter of paperwork and disclosure. Recently, a federal grand jury indicted three individuals operating an auction business on charges of selling firearms without a license and conspiracy.
The Confrontation Clause of Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires that the accused has the right to be confronted by the witnesses against him in all criminal prosecution. In essence, this means that a defendant has the right to have his accusers testify before him, and the defendant has the right to cross-examine his accusers under oath. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out an exception to this rule that may have profound implication for people accused of crimes in this country.
An early-morning FBI raid turned fatal on November 19, 2008. FBI agents were executing an arrest warrant at the home of Christina and Robert Korbe in Indiana Township, when Christina fired a single shot from the upstairs of the house, killing a 33-year-old FBI agent. Christina Korbe believed that someone was breaking into the house and fired the shot to protect herself and her family.
A man living in western Pennsylvania faces a detention hearing today amid charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding federal officers and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. The 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in New Bethlehem, about 50 miles to the northeast of Pittsburgh.
A Navy SEAL has been accused of bringing weapons into the United States from Afghanistan or Iraq. He faces federal weapons charges.
Prosecutors withdrew homicide charges against a suspect charged with killing his girlfriend in Pittsburgh last August after a key witness went missing. However, the suspect will stand trial on a related charge of carrying a handgun without a license.
An accidental shooting may lead to homicide and weapons charges for a Harrisburg man. The victim was fatally shot while having a conversation with the man who police believe may be his killer. According to witnesses, the victim was speaking outside of his home with the suspect when a concealed handgun fell from the suspect's pocket. The weapon fell to the pavement, discharged, and shot the victim in the chest.