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March 2017 Archives

2 accused of selling narcotics to detectives

On March 24, it was reported that a married California couple were taken into police custody for selling narcotics after the wife accidentally texted a detective and offered him prescription pills. According to the report, the woman did not realize that she had used the wrong number.

Radio show personality faces drug possession charges

Five days after being taken into police custody on drug-related charges, a popular comedian, actor and radio show star tweeted about his experience. California fans may be interested in knowing that Artie Lange, who formerly appeared on the "Howard Stern Show", indicated that he is a "flawed person" who hopes that his story ends well. According to media sources , Lange's tweet followed an incident that occurred earlier in the garage of his own home, which is located in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Attorney John Patrick Ryan mentioned in the news on "Drunken driver sentenced to 16 years for crash that killed brother-in-law"

Attorney John Patrick Ryan mentioned in the news on "Drunken driver sentenced to 16 years for crash that killed brother-in-law" [Read more at Bakersfield.com]

SEC launches investigation into Broadway Ponzi scheme

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed white collar crime charges in March 2017 against two men who were allegedly involved in an elaborate money laundering scheme involving tickets for Broadway shows and musical performances. The fraud allegations could have far-reaching effects and consequences on corporate crime charges in California and elsewhere around the country.

Black defendants more likely to be wrongfully convicted

Caucasian defendants in California and around the country are far more likely to be acquitted than African-Americans facing criminal charges according to research published on March 7 by the National Registry of Exonerations. The University of Michigan-based group studied the cases of 1,900 imprisoned defendants who were later exonerated, and they found that almost half of them were of African-American descent. African Americans make up less than 13 percent of the U.S. population, and the senior editor of the registry put the disproportionately high number of exonerated black defendants down to racial bias and widespread prosecutorial misconduct.

New law affects rideshare drivers

Starting on July 1, 2018, the legal blood alcohol limit is .04 percent in California when a car is used as a passenger-for-hire service and a passenger is in the vehicle. A passenger for hire is defined as anyone who is receiving transportation in exchange for some sort of consideration. The consideration may be given directly or indirectly to the owner, operator or anyone else who has an interest in the vehicle.

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