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"Stand your Ground" became a household phrase following the Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case in Florida. But, do you know what the law is in your state? South Carolina criminal defense attorney Stephan Futeral explains the details of that state's version of "Stand your Ground", which is essentially a self-defense affirmative defense.
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THREE members of a Burton family involved in a conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine have been jailed for a total of more than 20 years.
Mohammed Najib, 52, said to be the driving force behind the drug dealing operation, was given an 11 year sentence.
He was said to have been the head of what was described as ‘a family business’ which included three of his sons and involved up to £500,000 worth of drugs sold on the street.
Yesterday, Recorder Martin Hurst told Najib that he should be “deeply ashamed” for corrupting his sons.
“The conspiracy funded your large family’s life-style and you used your plumbing business as cover,” he said.
Recorder Hurst said Najib directed and ran the drug dealing at a distance and the conspiracy had involved large scale street dealing.
Najib, of Shobnall Street, who had admitted conspiring to supply Class A drugs, was said to have substantial assets and ownership of properties and vehicles.
His business, Burton Plumbing & Heating in Goodman Street, had been at the hub of the drugs conspiracy.
One of his sons, 26-year-old Mohammed Muddassar, also of Shobnall Street, was jailed for a total of six years and four months.
He was said to have been corrupted by his father but had played a significant role as ‘senior manager’ of the supply of drugs and directed and given orders to his two brothers, Mohamed Kase, 21, also of Shobnall Street, and 20-year-old Scott Rafferty.
Kase, described as under the influence of Najib and Muddassar, was jailed for three years and was said to have played a significant part by taking control of dispatching drugs when Muddassar was arrested.
Three other Burton men, Darren Rowland, 44, of Foston Avenue, James Smith, also known as Hopper, aged 22, of Suffolk Road, and Aftab Hussain, 26, of Derby Street, were also jailed.
Rowland, who worked at Najib’s plumbing business, was given two years for his role in the conspiracy and had been involved in supplying heroin which Najib sold to an undercover police officer in July and August last year.
Smith, said to have been a street level runner to pay off a debt of rent arrears to Najib and had been assaulted, was jailed for 16 months.
Aftab Hussain, a close friend of the Najib family, admitted being concerned in the supply of 23 lumps of crack cocaine passed to Najib, was jailed for 19 months.
Rafferty, who lived in a flat above his father’s business premises in Goodman Street, and Wesley Beard, 28, of Shakespeare Road, both admitted their roles in the drugs conspiracy, and are due to be sentenced later this month.
Three undercover officers were involved in the Staffordshire police investigation which involved evidence gathered by covert audio and video recordings of movement, conversations and mobile phone calls, involving all the defendants between March, 2012, and January this year.
Applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act regulations were made in respect of Najib, Muddassar and Kase.
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Three men who planned an attack on a Bradford teenager, which ended in his death, have been jailed for a total of 20 years.
Alex Holroyd, 19, was fatally stabbed in the chest in a targeted attack because he did not like Asians, Leeds Crown Court was told today.
Mr Holroyd was followed before he was attacked by two of the men, Hanif Mohammed and Johannis Thompson, in a side street.
Mohammed lashed out at Mr Holroyd with a knife he had brought from home. Mr Holroyd suffered a six-inch deep wound which penetrated his lung. He staggered for some distance before collapsing in the road and died in hospital.
Prosecutor Alastair Macdonald QC said the victim was targeted because he had previously been involved in incidents of violence with racial overtones with young Asian men.
Mr Macdonald said the attack in Todmorden in January, had been planned since at least November.
Mohammed, 45, of Stansfield Road, Todmorden, had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Thompson, 44, of Springwell Drive, West Bowling, and Mohammed Javid Afsar, 35, of Fagley Place, Fagley, had both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
Mr Macdonald said Mohammed claimed that Mr Holroyd was a racist and a bully but that was not accepted by the Crown, though Mr Holroyd did have previous convictions and there had been incidents of racial abuse in the past.
The recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC said all three defendants had agreed Mr Holroyd should be given a beating. It was at Mohammed’s instigation and he recruited the others.
The Judge said they had bided their time to seek him out and exact vengeance.
The Judge continued: “Together you tracked his movements and stalked him for over an hour. You were prepared to wait until the moment was right.”
He said Mohammed and Thompson lay in wait and attacked Mr Holroyd in a quiet street corner out of sight of cameras.
“Exactly what happened only you and he know. I doubt the whole truth has come out.”
The court heard Mohammed had harmed himself with a knife to scare the deceased and had instinctively lashed out.
The Judge said: “Carrying knives is a curse on the streets of our towns and cities. The court must make clear that the carrying and producing of knives will attract significant sentences.”
He said grievances had to be dealt with by lawful means. “Those who take the law into their own hands to punish people, whether they deserve it or now, will find themselves severely punished.”
A judge said Mohammed was the principle mover in the conspiracy. He was jailed for ten years. Thompson, who had been recruited as the muscle man but did not know that anyone had a weapon, was given a six-year prison sentence. Javid, who’s role was to drive the vehicle, was jailed for four years.
Speaking from the court, Detective Superintendent Chris Thompson, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “It is clear that Alex Holroyd had been in dispute with a group of men in Todmorden, including Hanif Mohammed, for some time.
“As a result, Mohammed has sought the assistance of Johannis Thompson and Mohammed Javid Afsar as contract of payment to deal with Alex. Thompson is a known violent criminal and together they have plotted to cause Alex serious harm.
“On the night in question the three men have stalked Alex through the streets of Todmorden looking for an opportunity to attack him. Thompson and Mohammed have lain wait for him and in a violent attack Alex has lost his life.
“This is a cynical and cowardly crime which has resulted in the needless and tragic death of a 19-year-old man.
“Once again we are faced with the awful consequences of knife crime on young people and communities. While the court has accepted there is no intention to kill when people plan to cause serious harm and carry knives, there is always the potential for this to escalate into violence and loss of life.”
York, PA - Police have charged a Baltimore City Police officer with DUI after the car he was driving, with his children inside, struck a parked car in Manchester Township, according to charging documents.
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Utah DUI police officer pleads guilty to fixing DUI arrest so he could rack up overtime by being subpoenaed to court for all of his DUI arrests. Philadelphia police officers, like all others, love to be subpoenaed on their off days as they collect overtime. If you're subpoenaed when your on duty, you're simply getting paid to sit in the justice center rather than getting out on the street to make more arrests to get subpoenaed for more court days when your off and increase your salary. Yes, police officers like to make arrests and therefore get subpoenaed to court to increase how much they make. But, to actually make false arrests like this officer and tarnish others' reputation and effect their loves to but more money in his pocket is an absolute disgrace. www.thefishmanfirm.com
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While HSBC (advertising campaign featured on the right) tells us ‘In the future, even the smallest business will be multinational’, local currencies and the communities that use them are deliberately bucking the trend.
Adam Lanza's rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary took no longer than five minutes from the time Adam Lanza forced his way into the school to when he turned a gun on himself, according to search warrants made public for the first time today.
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