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Pre-med Univ. of South Florida student charged with first degree murder for tricking girlfriend into taking abortion pill

Pre-med Univ. of South Florida student  charged with first degree murder for tricking girlfriend into taking abortion pill | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
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Another horrendous crime out of Florida... This pre-med student, John Welden, sent his pregnant girlfriend to see his OB/GYN father. Welden told his girlfriend that his father diagnosed her with an infection requiring her to take antibiotics. Welden swapped the anibiotic pill for Cytotec, the abortion pill. He instructed his girlfriend to take the "antibiotics" three times a day for a week. His girlfriend only learned about the abortion pills when she showed up to the emergency room a week later, having aborted the pregnancy. Welden's girlfriend was six weeks pregnant and communicated her intent to carry the pregnancy to term to all of her friends and family. Federal authorities have since charged 28-year-old Welden with first degree murder and tampering. Normally, a 6 week old fetus would not be considered viable, but federal law provides otherwise. Under the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 (18 USC 1841), an "unborn child" is defined as “member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.” The Act further provides that if an unborn child is killed during the commission of a federal crime, it will constitute murder. Here, Welden's tampering with his girlfriend's prescription (a federal crime) allows authorities to tack on a first degree murder charge. Welden faces life in prison for his crimes. It is not clear what role, if any, his OB/GYN father played in the commission of these crimes. 

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FAMU hazing suspect to enter plea, cooperate

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for one of the defendants in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major says his client is going to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors.A lawyer for 24-year-old Caleb Jackson said at a court hearing Friday...
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The latest news about the FAMU hazing death of Robert Champion is that at least one of the 12 band members charged will plead guilty to one count of manslaughter and one count of felony hazing. Interestingly, Florida has one of the toughest anti-hazing statutes in the nation. This was prompted by the 2001 death of University of Miami student Chad Meredith. Meredith, 18, was rushing the Kappa Sigma fraternity when he attempted to swim the campus lake at night as part of a hazing ritual. Too intoxicated to make the swim, Meredith struggled and it was hours before his body was pulled from the water. At the time of his death, his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

 

Meredith's parents sued the fraternity's insurance carrier and were awarded $12.6 million (with 45% fault assigned to the fraternity president, 45% to the fraternity vice president, and 10% to Meredith himself.) This remains the largest verdict ever awarded for the hazing death of a fraternity pledge.

 

Many were outraged at the lack of criminal charges for the fraternity members that pressured Meredith into the hazing ritual. In response to this, a Florida legislator authored the Chad Meredith Act. The Act was signed into law by Governor Bush and allows for criminal charges in hazing cases. (Florida Statute 1006.63) Hazing that results in death or serious injury is a third-degree felony which carries up to a 5 year prison term. Though the law has created tremendous awareness nationally, cases like this one out of FAMU show that lawmakers/fraternities/universities still need to do more to guard against senseless tragedy.

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Police find likely remains of missing UF student in Levy County

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Authorities say they have found what appears to be the remains of missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar off a rural dirt road in Levy County.
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Sea World Trainer Survives Whale Attack (VIDEO)

Sea World Trainer Survives Whale Attack (VIDEO) | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it

The video became a dramatic piece of evidence in a Florida courtroom in the fall of 2011, when federal regulators defended their decision to issue a citation against Sea World. This came after a fatal incident at Sea World Orlando in 2010, when 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau was pulled underwater and killed by the 11,000-pound killer whale Tilikum.

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Florida lawmakers give texting while driving ban the green light

Florida lawmakers give texting while driving ban the green light | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Against the odds, a texting-while-driving ban is headed to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s desk for consideration.
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Florida lawmakers have declared: no more texting and driving in the Sunshine State. The proposed new law classifies texting while driving as a secondary offense, which means a police officer will need to pull you over for a separate infraction, but can ticket you for that infraction plus texting while driving. Your first offense for texting behind the wheel will cost you $30.00 and any second offense in five years will cost you $60.00 and three points on your license. Additionally, the proposed law will allow police to obtain drivers' cell phone records when texting while driving causes a crash resulting in injury or death. The bill will now make its way to Governor Rick Scott's desk for approval. Texting while driving is already banned in 39 states and the District of Columbia. It's about time, Florida!

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BREAKING: Shots Reportedly Fired At Rapper

BREAKING: Shots Reportedly Fired At Rapper | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Rapper Rick Ross may have been the target of a shooting in Fort Lauderdale early Monday morning.
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So the latest news out of the Sunshine State includes an attempted hit on the life of Florida rapper Rick Ross (born William Leonard Roberts II). Over a dozen shell casings were recovered outside the Floridian Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, the aftermath of a drive-by attempt on the rapper's life. Despite driving his Rolls Royce into a nearby apartment building, Ross and a female passenger escaped unscathed.

 

Rumors are swirling that this shooting comes as retaliation from the Gangster Disciples (GD), a gang that started in South-side Chicago. The feud began when Ross used GD imagery (a six-pointed Star of David) in his promotional materials and name-dropped one of the gang's most infamous founders Larry Hoover (on the song "B.M.F.") In the past, Ross remained stoic in the face of videotaped threats from GD. Now, it appears they weren't just talking. My question is why does this drama have to move into Broward County?? C'mon Rozay!!

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Woman Sues Over "Total Matchmaking Fail"

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A Florida woman is suing a pair of mother-daughter millionaire matchmakers after she paid their firm $45,000 for dating services and was set up with suitors who didn’t match her tastes, including a “sexually promiscuous Internet sex toy purveyor,”...
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Argument over pork rinds leads to stabbing

Argument over pork rinds leads to stabbing | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it

Cowboy, whose real name is Will Moore Traywick and who also answers to Wyatt Earp, broke a beer bottle and stabbed Hooks, according to witness statements.

When a Fort Walton Beach Police Department officer arrived, Hooks was lying on the floor, bleeding from the neck.


Read more: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articles/rinds-51048-argument-pork.html#ixzz20uejdQRG
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