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Kris Humphries Serves Kanye West Court Papers In Nordstrom Box

Kris Humphries Serves Kanye West Court Papers In Nordstrom Box | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
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Texas Woman Allegedly Stabbed Boyfriend To Death With Stiletto Heel

Texas Woman Allegedly Stabbed Boyfriend To Death With Stiletto Heel | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Houston police say a 44-year-old woman stabbed her 59-year-old boyfriend to death with a stiletto heel during an argument on Sunday morning.
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A Texas woman is facing murder charges after authorities say she stabbed her boyfriend to death with her stiletto heel. This particularly violent murder is giving a new meaning to the phrase, "her shoes are to die for." I don't recall the Barbri professor including stilettos on the list of deadly weapons, but now I feel we may have to revisit that list. Thankfully, the woman is in custody and is due in court tomorrow. 

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(WARNING: Graphic photos and video) One year after vicious attack, "Miami Cannibal" victim is "living happily"

(WARNING: Graphic photos and video) One year after vicious attack, "Miami Cannibal" victim is "living happily" | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
MIAMI -- The homeless victim who lost his eyesight and most of his face in a bizarre attack last Memorial Day weekend is playing the guitar and following the Miami Heat as he continues to recover.
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It's hard to believe it's been a year since homeless victim Ronald Poppo, now 66, was savagely attacked by Rudy Eugene on the MacArthur Causeway. Eugene, 31, is believed to have been high on bath salts, a synthetic drug similar to methamphetamine, at the time of the attack. (Toxicology results identified marijuana only, but authorities speculate that the bath salts metabolized quickly.) A surveillance camera near the causeway captured the 18-minute attack, which showed a naked Eugene brutally beating Poppo unconscious and chewing off Poppo's face. Authorities were unable to restrain Eugene and he was fatally shot by police. Poppo survived the attack with 80% of his face (including his nose and eyes) having been chewed off by Eugene. Poppo underwent extensive facial reconstruction at Jackson Memorial and received an outpouring of financial support from the public. Currently, he is off the streets and is "living happily" at a long-term care facility. Poppo receives occupational therapy as he adjusts to his new circumstances. In a recent video message (see link), Poppo thanks his supporters for their generous contributions to his treatment fund which now contains $100,000.00 for his ongoing care. If Poppo can find a reason to smile, I think we all can!

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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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Boston Bomber Investigation Going Viral: Reddit and 4Chan Are on the Case

Boston Bomber Investigation Going Viral: Reddit and 4Chan Are on the Case | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
The Boston Marathon bombing is easily the most crowdsourced terror investigation in American history, with the FBI soliciting videos, cellphone pictures, and anything that could lead to the capture of whoever set off those pressure cooker bombs.
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Federal law enforcement is crowdsourcing in an attempt to identify a suspect in the Boston bomber case. Interestingly, social media websites like Reddit and 4Chan are answering that call with a number of theories about suspects in the recent tragedy. (Check this out: http://imgur.com/a/sUrnA) On one hand, I am intrigued by the interesting and fascinating interplay of social media and the legal system. I think an example like this says so much about how social media has changed both the speed and ease of how we get our information. (But could it also shed light on the evergrowing problem of misinformation on the Internet?) On the other hand, I am skeptical as to the soundness of internet investigations carried out by laypersons and what that could potentially mean for an innocent person singled out in a viral Internet posting. In the end, it seems that the input of the masses will at least speed up the process and encourage law enforcement to focus it's investigation even further to identify a suspect(s). Here's hoping that's the case!

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$86M In Fake Merchandise Seized At MIA

$86M In Fake Merchandise Seized At MIA | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Miami International Airport have been busy lately taking more than $86 million worth of counterfeit and pirated merchandise into custody.
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Only in Miami do we welcome all things fake, just not your faux Louis Vuitton purse. Hey, we all have boundaries.

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FAMU hazing suspect to enter plea, cooperate

FAMU hazing suspect to enter plea, cooperate | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
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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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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U.S. Olympian's Secret Life As Las Vegas Escort

U.S. Olympian's Secret Life As Las Vegas Escort | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
DECEMBER 20---A three-time U.S. Olympian whose illustrious running career has included a Nike TV commercial, a swimsuit calendar, and ongoing promotional work for Disney has spent the last year doubl
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Here is a former U.S. Olympian moonlighting as an escort. She's married to a lawyer and has a teenage daughter, but that doesn't stop her from offering paying customers the full GFE ("girlfriend experience"). Juicy doesn't even begin to describe the contents of her story! The athletic blonde claims she never considered the potential legal ramifications of prostitution. Namely, that is it illegal in all but 8 counties in the United States. Guess she never ran her side job by her lawyer husband...

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Sesame Street threatens lawsuit over sexy Big Bird costumes

Sesame Street threatens lawsuit over sexy Big Bird costumes | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
An online costume store could be slapped with a lawsuit from Sesame Workshop for selling a shockingly sexy Big Bird outfit.
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Texas School To Students: Wear Tracking ID Or 'There Will Be Consequences'

Texas School To Students: Wear Tracking ID Or 'There Will Be Consequences' | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it

The "Student Locator Project," which is slated to eventually reach 112 Texas schools and close to 100,000 students, is in trial stages in two Northside district schools. In an effort to reduce truancy, the district has issued new student IDs with an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that tracks the location of a student at all times.

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Linday Lohan Arrested After Fleeing Scene Of Accident

Linday Lohan Arrested After Fleeing Scene Of Accident | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Lindsay Lohan was arrested in New York City early Wednesday morning after allegedly tapping a pedestrian with her Porsche and fleeing the scene.
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OJ Simpson's Attorney Tampered With The Glove: Ex-Prosecutor

OJ Simpson's Attorney Tampered With The Glove: Ex-Prosecutor | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Nearly seventeen years after O.J. Simpson walked away from his murder trial a free man, a prosecutor at the center of the case has alleged that the lead defense lawyer tampered with a crucial piece of evidence.
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Shooting outside the Empire State Building leaves 2 dead, at least 8 wounded

Shooting outside the Empire State Building leaves 2 dead, at least 8 wounded | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were killed and at least eight were wounded in a shooting outside the landmark Empire State Building in New York City on Friday, according to a police source.
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Edward Snowden's explosive NSA leaks have US in damage control mode

Edward Snowden's explosive NSA leaks have US in damage control mode | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
White House refers Snowden's case to Justice Department while Republicans in Congress call for whistleblower's extradition
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This week's headlines read like a page out of Orwell's 1984 with talk of mass surveillance leading many to question the legality of the U.S. government's monitoring the phone and Internet communications of Americans everywhere. The debate over whether the man behind the leaks, 29-year-old Edward Snowden, is a patriot or a traitor has ignited across the globe. Currently, Snowden is hiding out in Hong Kong and actively seeking asylum from "any countries that believe in free speech and oppose the victimization of global privacy." Experts say Snowden is unlikely to secure asylum, as he would need to demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution in the United States due to his race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. (Hard to say if he could argue whistleblowers are "a protected social group") A grant of asylum from Hong Kong would work to prevent his extradition back to the United States. With legislators and government officials calling for Snowden's prosecution, I am interested in what criminal penalties he could face if he is returned to the United States. Those potential penalties could include multiple counts of treason under the Espionage Act, virtually guaranteeing him life in prison. Others are arguing that Snowden's releasing classified information has aided the enemy against his own country. While we all might be able to agree it is difficult to balance the need for governmental transparency with the importance of national security-- is a massive release of classified information a la Wikileaks the answer to protecting our freedom? Some media outlets portray Snowden as an low-on-the-totem-pole "college dropout" that irresponsibly released the names of clandestine CIA agents along with extensive details of active national security operations, others are hailing him as "The Last Patriot." To me, it seems in just days the tides of public opinion have turned in against Snowden-- has the damage control PR team of the government already succeeded with attempts to deflect from the significance of what Snowden has done? I'm curious to know what your thoughts are...?

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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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Reese Witherspoon, Husband Arrested In DUI Incident

Reese Witherspoon, Husband Arrested In DUI Incident | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth were arrested over the weekend in a DUI-related incident in Atlanta, Ga.
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Talk about a fall from grace, Ms. Woods. "I object!"

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DEVELOPING: 3 confirmed dead after Boston Marathon explosions

DEVELOPING: 3 confirmed dead after Boston Marathon explosions | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
The headquarters of the Boston Marathon is on lockdown following two explosions near the finish line, Reuters reports. The blasts occurred just before 3:00 p.m., according to MyFoxBoston.
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Two explosions went off today at the Boston Marathon. Story is still developing. So terrible.

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Daniel Pearl slay suspect arrested in Pakistan

Daniel Pearl slay suspect arrested in Pakistan | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
An Islamic extremist leader believed to be involved in the decade old beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has been arrested in Karachi, Pakistan.
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Thankful to see that the investigation into the brutal murder of Jewish-American journalist Daniel Pearl is still open over a decade later. Pearl, the former Chief of the Wall Street Journal's S. Asia Bureau, was investigating links between the shoe bomber and al Qaeda when he was captured and killed. Recall that in 2007, 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed confessed to beheading Pearl and sending the tape to U.S. officials. Interestingly, authorities (The Pearl Project) confirmed this confession by using a cutting-edge technique called "vein matching" to match the vascular pattern of the hands appearing on the tape to those of KSM (currently imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay.) The hope of prosecuting KSM for the Pearl murder was thwarted when it was determined his confession was obtained unlawfully. The "new science" of vein matching gave hope to U.S. authorities looking for new evidence to prosecute KSM with, but so far they have not charged KSM with the Pearl murder. Many theorize this is being done to avoid complicating the prosecution for KSM's role in the 9/11 attacks.

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EXCLUSIVE: NFL legend Dan Marino had a love child with CBS employee in 2005

EXCLUSIVE: NFL legend Dan Marino had a love child with CBS employee in 2005 | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Dan Marino is famous for his touchdowns — but the Hall of Famer’s scoring off the field is downright shocking.The married gridiron great — a pregame analyst for CBS since 2003 who...
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Oh Danny boy! Pulling an Arnold and tarnishing his "good guy" persona. Hopefully, he's being truthful about his wife being okay with everything because they are such a great family. Not surprisingly, this scandal has cost Marino MILLIONS to cover up. The good news is he didn't try to dodge his support payments, BUT why am I so filled with doubt at the thought that his wife just tolerated him sleeping with a CBS employee and fathering a love child that he's paid millions to cover up? Maybe it's news to her as well? I don't think we've seen the end of this scandal... I hope Dan has a rock solid prenup or this one's going to hurt!

 

Maybe it will bring some positive attention to the Dolphins franchise? Wishful thinking.

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Lance Armstrong to Oprah: Story was 'one big lie'

Lance Armstrong to Oprah: Story was 'one big lie' | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Armstrong confesses to Oprah that he doped for years
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The now-failing USPS once paid $30 million to underwrite Lance Armstrong's cycling in the Tour de France. It is estimated that at the time of his wins, Armstrong earned $100 million from endorsements for Nike and Anheuser-Busch. All of this income contributed  to his current net worth of $125 million. His lie goes deeper than giving himself an unfair advantage in those races, defrauding corporations out of millions of dollars, bringing shame to his country and to his sport, and initiating legal battles against former employees (many earning modest salaries) whose only "crime" was telling the truth about Armstrong's lies. Perhaps worst of all, his story of unending triumph gave hope to those with grim cancer prognoses after he created the mammoth Livestrong, a cancer charity built upon on the myth of his hard work and dedication. ( Recall the ubiquitous yellow rubber bracelets. "Talismans of hope," as one jounalist called them.)


Armstrong is currently being sued by a host of media outlets, the USADA, etc. I'm interested to see if the Justice Dept. joins Floyd Landis, Armstrong's former teammate, in his current federal whistleblower action Against Armstrong. Do not feel sorry for Mr. Armstrong. Telling the truth shouldn't earn him a medal of honor. Its time we start applying the same punishments you or I would face to celebrities. Oprah's interview is just the start of a long, mapped-out Press tour designed to decrease Armstrong's chances of serving time for his elaborate decade-long fraud. It's easy to be swept up in the celebrity of superstar athletes, but there is no other place for Armstrong but jail. He lied seven times while under oath in a Dallas court. Plain & simple. Marion Jones was disgraced after her use of performance enhancing drugs, stripped of her medals, and jailed for 6 months after lying to federal investigators. Lance doesn't deserve a pass for going to Oprah before the lie blew up on it's own. 

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Morbidly obese dachshund at the center of custody battle

Morbidly obese dachshund at the center of custody battle | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Portland, Oregon – A legal battle has been waged over a morbidly obese dachshund, named Obie.
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Police find likely remains of missing UF student in Levy County

Police find likely remains of missing UF student in Levy County | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
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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Woman Sues Over "Total Matchmaking Fail"

Woman Sues Over "Total Matchmaking Fail" | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
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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Is nude dancing an art? New York court to decide in tax case

Is nude dancing an art? New York court to decide in tax case | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
An upstate New York strip club says its nude lap dances are every bit as much an art form and should be exempt from state taxes.
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Police: All Empire State shooting victims were wounded by officers

Police: All Empire State shooting victims were wounded by officers | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
Nine people injured in Friday's shooting near the Empire State Building were wounded by police gunfire, a New York police official says.
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