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Human Trafficking: The New Slave Trade

In the United States, the slave trade was officially ended in 1807 when the congress enacted legislation that stated that no new slaves were permitted to be imported. With the passing of The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, the practice of bringing slaves into this country should have long ago become a relic of the past.

New Slave Trade is Human Trafficking

Most modern Americans think that this slavery is long gone, so it’s shocking to learn that the business of trafficking in humans, a present day version of slavery, is alive and even thriving in our state. California is ranked as one of the states with the worst problems of human trafficking with Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego being among the top 10 areas in the United States for the activity. There are subtle signs if we pay close attention. Sometimes a police raid of a human stash house or the story of a young woman sold into prostitution gets reported by local TV, but these stories are the exceptional few that have managed to emerge from what is a growing industry of trafficking in human beings.

Cosby Retrial to Begin

Comedian Bill Cosby will be retried on sexual assault charges beginning Monday in the Philadelphia town of Norristown, Pa. The first trial Cosby faced ended in a mistrial last June.

Bill Cosby Being Retried

Cosby’s first trial on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University women’s basketball official, ended in a mistrial after juror deliberated for 52 hours. Immediately following that mistrial announcement, Montgomery County, Pa., District Attorney Kevin Steele announced he would retry Cosby.

Two Doctors Arrested for Lap-Band Money Laundering Scheme

Two Los Angeles doctors have been arrested following a 37-count federal indictment alleging mail and wire fraud, false statements, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. The allegedly $250 million bogus billing scheme was built around 1-800-Get-Thin Lap-Band surgeries.

Money Laundering Arrests Two Lap-Band Doctors

Julian Omidi, 49, and Mirali Zarrabi, 55, were arrested and charged following a large-scale scheme involving Get Thin’s Lap-band that lasted from May 2010 to March 2016. The Lap-Band is a silicone ring that is surgically implanted around the stomach as a means of discouraging overeating.

St. Patrick’s Day DUI Crackdown in Los Angeles

It’s not uncommon for police to crackdown on patrolling for drunk drivers during holiday weekends like St. Patrick’s Day weekend. You’ll want to know what to expect if you are charged with driving under the influence.

Los Angeles DUI Crackdown for St. Patrick’s Day

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2011 to 2015, 252 people were killed in drunk driving-related crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period. More than a quarter of those fatal crashes happened during the early morning hours from midnight to 5:59 a.m.

Crackdown on Massive Money Laundering

Federal prosecutors have indicted 75 people nationwide in a massive drugs and money operation in what interim U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman has called San Diego’s biggest money laundering investigation ever in.

Massive Money Laundering Operation Crackdown

According to Braverman, the defendants laundered drug proceeds from the Sinaloa cartel for years. Allegedly, the network has laundered tens of millions of dollars in drug profits over the past three years.

Man Arrested for DUI After Riding Horse on Freeway

According to officials, a man was arrested for DUI early Saturday after he was spotted riding a horse along a busy Southern California freeway.

Man Riding Horse on Freeway Arrested for DUI

“We get a chuckle out of the interesting situations we encounter from time to time, but one thing the CHP does not do is ‘horse’ around with DUI,” wrote the California Highway Patrol’s Santa Fe Springs on Twitter.

Heather Locklear Arrested

“Melrose Place” actress Heather Locklear has been arrested following allegations of domestic violence.

Heather Locklear Arrested for Alleged Domestic Violence

Authorities were called to Heather Locklear’s house Sunday night following a suspected domestic violence incident. Responding police found evidence to support claims that Locklear had caused injury to her boyfriend. According to Sargent Eric Buschow, Locklear was “extremely uncooperative and physically combative” with responding deputies.

Stolen Car Chase Ends in Metro Tunnel

Car chases are a common occurrence in Los Angeles, but a recent car chase following a stolen pickup truck landed in an uncommon spot when the driver took a detour into a subway Metro tunnel.

Metro Tunnel Crash Caused by Stolen Car

Authorities in Southern California were led on a wild pursuit in East Los Angeles after they spotted a pickup truck that had bene reported as stolen. The pursuit began in Huntington Park and ended in the LA neighborhood of Boyle Heights.

You Need To Handle Serious Traffic Violations

Traffic violations happen every day. As a driving society, we all deal with minor and/ or serious traffic violations at some point during the course of our lives. When those traffic violations occur, you will need to know how to legally protect yourself from the repercussions.

Traffic Violations

The term “traffic violation” is an umbrella term for a wide variety of incidents. Traffic violations are so closely regulated by law enforcement as a way to educate bad drivers, while also preventing unsafe driving habits. Years of research has proven that most drivers want to be compliant with these rules so that they avoid being caught. Here are some examples of traffic violations:

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.

For suspects undergoing investigation for a crime and those already incarcerated, DNA testing can almost feel like the flip of a coin. For a suspect, if the coin comes up heads and results in a perfect DNA match to a sample found on the victim’s clothing, he or she is on their way to a jail cell. For those already behind the bars of a prison cell, when tails indicates a crime scene DNA mismatch, it could mean the end of years of unwarranted incarceration. But, as we all know too well, no one can be 100% certain of a coin toss.

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