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CEO: probable cause or not, DOJ out to get company executives

The head of a medical device maker and his company targeted in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice were exonerated in a trial concluded earlier this year. Specifically, they were found not guilty on 10 criminal charges.

As noted in a recent media piece profiling that case and myriad other matters with similar allegations and outcomes, that company chief, Howard Root of Vascular Solutions, has been "one ticked-off medtech CEO" ever since.

Are police keeping people in jail too long while awaiting trial?

Criminal sentencing and mandatory minimums have received massive attention from the media in recent years. From the atrocities being committed in the Philippines to the vacating of sentences issued for minor drug offenses in the United States, the way drug offenses are being viewed across the globe is rapidly changing. Every case is different and some cases are tragic.

Memory plays tricks: an adage grounded in strong realities

Sometimes a faulty memory yields results that are not particularly notable or dramatic. OK, so it took you an hour to find the keys you were sure you left on the kitchen table but ultimately found on top of the TV remote. The vet appointment you know you scheduled for your dog today was actually ... yesterday. The neighbors just knocked on your door in response to a dinner invitation you extended and then entirely forgot about.

The downsides of a faulty or lapsed memory, while often frustrating, are also often not material in any truly meaningful way.

One national media view on pot decriminalization, repercussions

Although today's post tangentially touches upon the recent fatal police shooting and connected aftermath in Charlotte that is currently commanding widespread national attention, it is more acutely focused on a peripheral subject that has progressively garnered increased attention across the country in recent years.

That is this: the decriminalization of marijuana, that is, the liberalized view of criminal enforcers that downplays an official hard-line response in many instances where pot possession is suspected.

False Accusations Of Identity Theft Are On The Rise

In the 21st century, being accused or charged with a crime in North Carolina  does not necessarily mean being accused of theft or assault. A growing number of accused individuals in the state are facing identity theft charges - a different type of crime that may not involve physical or visible damage, but a charge or conviction can still have a significant impact on your life.


Forensic evidence: way more fallible than many people believe

When they themselves are evaluated on their competency in carrying out tests and analyzing information that often sends third parties to prison for years or even life, they fail the exam on an astonishingly high number of occasions.

"They" pertains to that singular and limited group of so-called "forensic experts" that conduct exams and offer testimony at criminal trials on evidence linked to DNA, firearms, bite marks and additional matters.

New North Carolina sex offender law: too broad?

Anyone seeking a bit of confirming evidence as to why any individual in North Carolina facing a sex-crime charge might reasonably want to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately need simply take a look at the state's new sex offender law.

As noted by one national news outlet examining the legislation (which was passed earlier this month), it "will do nothing to stop sex crimes while continuing to isolate, penalize, and ostracize fully rehabilitated offenders who are attempting to rejoin society."

Larceny and theft: a broad umbrella of illegal offenses

The terms "theft" and "larceny" are often used in media accounts spotlighting crime and alleged criminal activity in a broad and interchangeable way, and it understandable that such is the case.

At the core of either of those terms is a focus on the fraudulent taking of personal property belonging to a company or to another individual. A lack of consent is centrally implied.

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