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by Edmond Geary

Federal Agencies Change Policy to Record Interrogations

At long last, federal law enforcement has adopted a policy to record interrogations.  After years of resistance, after years of declining even to openly admitting their policy of not recording, the Department of Justice has announced a new policy to record interrogations.  The policy applies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol,…

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by Edmond Geary

Another ricochet from the Blagojevich sweep

Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois, has had his two jury trials in federal court for bribery and corruption.  Now federal prosecutors are mopping up with some of the others caught in the investigation of Blagojevich.  Now it’s William Cellini’s turn. Cellini is a power broker in Illinois state government.  His investment company, Capri,  made…

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by Edmond Geary

FBI Erases Nothing

Expungements are more and more common these days.  People who have an arrest record or even a record of conviction have the hope these days to eliminate those records from public view.   Those records often haunt people for years in their job searches and can bring troubles to  people socially.  The trend toward allowing more…

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by Edmond Geary

Crimes Rates Decline Reported

Crime declined last year to the lowest rate in 40 years.  The findings reported by the F.B.I. has baffled experts for a number of reasons.  This drop in crime continues declines in previous years, and that continuation of decline also baffles the experts. The statistics, reported to the F.B.I. from 13,000 local law-enforcement agencies, show…

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by Edmond Geary

Supreme Court improves federal sentencing for defendants

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an opinion that helps defendants at sentencing in federal courts. Since 1984, the sentencing powers of district judges has been limited by the Sentencing Guidelines, thanks to enactment of Congress in the Sentencing Reform Act. Most significantly, the Court in the decision styled Peppers vs. United States reversed the…

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by Edmond Geary

Fed Prosecution of Tulsa Oklahoma Police Proceeds

The prosecution of present and former Tulsa police officers inches closer to jury trial.  U.S. District Judge Bruce Black, from New Mexico and sitting in the Northern District of Oklahoma in Tulsa, has ruled the indictment against Tulsa police officers Nick DeBruin, Bruce Bonham and Harold Wells may proceed to trial and overruled pretrial motions…

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by Edmond Geary

Bogus Libel Lawsuit Killed

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed U.S. District Court Judge Ronald A. White’s dismissal in September, 2007, of a pitiful lawsuit brought by former Ada District Attorney Bill Peterson against author John Gresham and others.  The lawsuit was filed in the Muskogee in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of…

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by Edmond Geary

Criminal Prosecution becomes Priority for new Ohio US Attorney

So many federal agents were moved to counter-terrorism investigations after the 9/11 attacks that the prosecution of more traditional crimes could not be given much attention.  Carter Stewart, newly-appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio is going to change that. Stewart’s district includes Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and all of southern Ohio.  “I…

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