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Dassey Might be Able to Attend Wrestlemania

Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects in Netflix’s Making a Murderer, might be headed to Wrestlemania this year now that his conviction has been overturned.

Brendan Dassey May Be Heading to Wrestlemania

Fans familiar with Netflix’s Making a Murderer know the story of Brandon Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery. During Brendan’s 2007 trial he was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse. Massey was just six months shy of turning 18-years-old, but he was tried and sentenced as an adult. After having served years in prison, a federal judge has overturned Dassey’s conviction for his involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach.

Modern America and Prescription Drugs

The Prescription Drug Epidemic

Illicit drugs have a long standing negative image in modern American culture. They are widely regarded as something only those on the fringes of society make use of, but certainly not consumed by upstanding citizens. But, as history has shown, America has long held the door open to the use of drugs by all ranks of our society.

The patent drugs of the 19th century openly contained and promoted the use of drugs like cocaine and morphine and were available without prescription at the corner drugstore. There was little or no social stigma attached to their use.

Bitcoin and Money Laundering

A decision by a Miami judge has determined that Bitcoin is not actually money. While this decision has only been made in a smaller jurisdiction, the repercussions could echo far and wide.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that allows online users to spend money anonymously. It can be bought and sold on exchanges with U.S. dollars and other currencies and has even become accepted in some restaurants across the nation. Still, because it is so vaguely defined, and has also been used in nefarious purchases across the net, there is still a lot of vagueness surrounding it – especially when it comes to writing regulatory laws.

Ailes Steps Down Amid Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Just last week it was announced that Roger Ailes, the founder and chief executive of Fox News, has resigned from his position atop the media company amid allegations of sexual harassment. Ailes has been the center of a budding sexual harassment scandal that involves numerous women that have come forward with allegations against Ailes.

Roger Ailes Steps Down After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Two weeks ago Ailes, who has been at the head of Fox for 20 years, was accused by former network anchor Gretchen Carlson of pressuring her for a sexual relationship in exchange for keeping her job. Since then, numerous other women have stepped forward with their own allegations against Ailes.

Handling Sexual Assault Charges on Campuses

The last few couple of years has seen an increase in reported on-campus sexual assault cases. These cases are often so hard to not only prove, but also to prosecute. Campuses are often unequipped to handle them, and often times victim’s are unsure on how to proceed.

College Campuses and Handling Sexual Assault Charges

College campuses are obviously known for not only education, but partying. When two college students have drunken sex, it’s always a recipe for potential regrets and lasting consequences. Was it actually consenting in the moment? How much is actually remembered as a result of drugs or alcohol? And clearly remembered? Were there witnesses? Are they reliable witnesses? And also, who should investigate when these encounters lead to allegations of sexual assault?

The Evolution of Organized Crime in America

Organized crime has played a fabled part in 20th century American history. Television and movies have done much to bring the story of organized crime into the nation’s consciousness. Those who remember the dawn of the television era may recall Senator Estes Kefauver and his “Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce” heatedly questioning notorious mobsters who appeared before the committee in the early 50’s.

 

DNA Evidence and Dropping Charges

Criminal charges can be dropped for any number of reasons. Below we discuss who can drop charges and the reasons behind why charges can be dropped, including DNA evidence and if evidence was obtained without a warrant.

Reasons for Dropping Charges

Dropping charges against a defendant can happen for any number of reasons. Before we jump into those reasons, let’s discuss who can and cannot drop charges.

DNA and Criminality: Two Sides of a Coin

Unique to an individual, except in very limited situations, DNA is unchanging throughout one’s life. DNA is a reliable identifier, and, most conveniently for forensic purposes, it is found in all the body’s cells. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is an essential molecule that is found in every part of our bodies. DNA testing on biological samples such as skin, saliva, semen, blood or hair is increasingly used to help convict or exonerate people suspected of crimes and with great accuracy. As crucial courtroom evidence, it must be properly collected, preserved and kept from contamination. When the whole procedure is expertly undertaken and correctly completed, DNA testing has become the modern, almost foolproof version of fingerprinting.

 

Vanderbilt Football Player Convicted of Rape Sex Crimes

Former Vanderbilt football player, Brandon Vandenburg, has been convicted by a jury of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating.

Vanderbilt Football Player Convicted of Aggravated Rape

Just after four hours of deliberation, a jury convicted Vandenburg, 23, guilty on five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of unlawful photography.

Expunge a Criminal Record

If you have been living through the consequences of committing a crime, and are wondering how you will ever be able to move forward, you’ll want to know what steps are required to expunge your criminal record. As always, it’s advised that you work with a criminal defense attorney that can advise you on your specific situation.

How to Expunge a Criminal Record

While it is not an option available to most, many adult criminal records are able to be sealed or “expunged.” Expungement means that records are either destroyed, erased, or sealed so that arrests and convictions are no longer part of a public record. When records or sealed or expunged, that means you are able to declare “no” when you are asked if you have a criminal history.

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