Archive for April 2010

iPhone: Criminal Probe Underway

Interesting story out of California. Gizmodo, a tech website, obtained a lost prototype of the new iPhone. They disassembled it, posted pictures, and a review of its contents. Unfortunately, Apple was not pleased. In response, it first asked California law enforcement authorities to conduct a raid on the Gizmodo editor’s home, confiscated his computers and…

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Texas says “No!” to Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law

Good news from Texas. Texas Governor Rick Perry has rejected efforts there to replicate Arizona’s harsh anti-immigrant law which makes it a misdemeanor to be in the state illegally. Arizona’s tough new illegal immigration enforcement law would not be right for Texas, Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday, upholding the state’s long-held tradition of rejecting harsh…

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Arizona’s Terrible Law: Good News from RPD Police Chief

Two million people were turned into “suspects” over night with the passage of Arizona’s new law which makes it a misdemeanor to be in the United States illegally, and permits police to stop and question anyone they suspect of being here illegally. In practice, this means people who look Hispanic will be stopped, questioned, and must…

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Tricked out DWI Recliner Auctioned for $3,700

A crazy story out of Minnesota about a motorized recliner that was involved in a DWI incident: Previous attempts by Proctor police to sell the chair were foiled — once when it was erroneously advertised on eBay as a La-Z-Boy model. Then in a do-over, the winning bidder backed out on his $10,999 offer. Kyte…

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DA, Educators Caution Against Sexting in Raleigh

Should teenagers engage in “sexting”? Obviously no. There’s a lot that can go wrong, including inappropriate pictures being sent beyond the close circle of friends… or ending up on the internet. But should a teenager who sends around an inappropriate picture of him or herself be criminal charged for child pornography. You’d think that would…

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10 essential iPad apps for the lawyer

The iPad promises to change the way lawyers practice the law. Here are 10 essential iPad apps that any lawyer should have. iWork for iPad – $30 or $10 for each of the three apps – includes a word processor (Pages), a spreadsheet application (Numbers), and a presentation application (Keynote). This suite of applications will…

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Should a journalist turn over his pedophile sources?

Interesting story in Time magazine about whether a journalist in France ought to be required to turn over sources the journalist gathered while working on a story about pedophiles. If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in Raleigh, call criminal lawyer Raleigh Damon Chetson at (919) 352-9411. As Time reports: [I]n France, a new dose of…

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Forensic Science is Sometimes Junk Science

Great article in Newsweek about the unreliability, corruption, and plain error in forensic “science.” Many jurors – including jurors deciding criminal case in Raleigh and Wake County – believe forensic science, and are unable to determine whether forensic science is junk science or not. If you need a criminal lawyer Raleigh, call (919) 352-9411. From…

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

A new group is taking on civil asset forfeiture, the practice by which police agencies seize property even before a person has been found guilty of a crime.

Damon Chetson is a criminal lawyer Raleigh who helps people charged with serious felonies, misdemeanors, and DWI/DUI charges in state and federal courts in North Carolina. He can be reached day or night at (919) 352-9411.

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Federal Speedy Trial Statute

While North Carolina does not have a speedy trial statute – which means that criminal trials can take many months or even years to be reached – the federal system does have a speedy trial statute beginning at 18 USC Sec. 3161 et seq. This statute provides that any information or indictment charging an individual…

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