|I Smell Probable Cause!|
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
|ADA Mary Kellett Contests the |
Bar Overseer's Misconduct Petition
The Maine Board of Overseers Begins a hearing into Possible Bar Violations by ADA Mary Kellett.
ADA Kellett successfully prosecuted Vladek Filler, accused of domestic violence assault and gross sexual assault against his ex wife. There was evidence that the wife went to police only to gain an advantage in a child custody case. At trial, Kellett objected to the defense attorney's line of questioning on the issue and the judge excluded the testimony.
|US Supreme Court will decide if involuntary, warrantless blood tests can be used at trial.|
Friday, October 19, 2012
|"I take the fifth!"|
Prostitution in the Press:Even though actual prostitution charges are about as minor a criminal offense as possible, a lot of people have something to say about the Alexis Wright scandal. BDN blogger Alex Steed has a bit about slut shaming, Gawker has done a nice piece compiling the available Alexis Wright videos.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
|This guy is probably going to prison for a long time.|
Great News Everyone. The FBI continues manufacturing crimes to solveCNN reports on the case of Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a 21 year old Bangladeshi man arrested after trying to detonate a bomb at the New York Federal Reserve. Though there is not much detail about the plot, it appears to have unfolded as follows:
Thursday, October 11, 2012
|David Burke, Photo from the Portland Press Herald|
Friday, October 5, 2012
|He also makes sure to hire a good lawyer|
Mixing Alcohol and Minors Can Be TroubleRecent news reports show that prosecutors take these crimes seriously and judges are willing to impose serious sentences. These offenses seem to come up pretty often so it's worth taking a closer look at the Law.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I have talked before about Maine's progressive medical marijuana law, about the recently proposed changes to the medical marijuana law and about the impact that drug use can have on federal rights especially the right to posses firearms.
Well, this article in the Bangor Daily News discusses new Maine Housing Authority regulations that will force Medical Marijuana users out of Section 8 housing. The problem is that, even though medical marijuana is legal in Maine, it is illegal under federal law. Since section 8 is a federal housing subsidy, you can't get it if you violate federal drug laws.
It seems extremely likely that we are going to see other issues crop up: medical marijuana users charged with federal firearms violations for hunting, or problems with federal student aid for Marijuana patients. These are strange times. States are progressing in an understanding of Marijuana as a substance that should be regulated, not prohibited. Federal authorities still have a 1920s mentality and the rigidity is creating some difficult tensions. I am sure we will see some challenging cases of defendants caught in the crossfire.