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November 2013 Archives

If bitcoins are traceable, what's the next step in cybercrime?

After the federal takedown of the so-called “Silk Road” online drug marketplace, the pubic quickly became aware that criminals were among the many enthusiasts using the online currency called bitcoins. The virtual currency was first introduced in 2009 as an open-source, peer-to-peer electronic payment network. Since then, organizations ranging from online merchandisers to Subway restaurants and even Virgin Galactic accept them -- they’re especially popular for their low transaction fees. They are even traded in official currency exchanges.

San Francisco jury acquits man of sex crime for peeing in park

Sometimes prosecutors demonstrate a somewhat over-abundance of vigilance when making the decision to prosecute an alleged sex crime. Unfortunately, that sometimes means attempting to put someone behind bars for perfectly ordinary behavior. Luckily, a San Francisco Superior Court jury acted just as one might hope -- as an appropriate check on prosecutorial excess.

Small-time California hacker makes it big -- on FBI's most wanted

In 2003, a San Diego college student wrote a computer program called “Loverspy” or “Email Pi” and sold it online for $89 a copy. Meant to help buyers catch lovers suspected of cheating, it self-installed virtually undetectable software that could capture every email or instant message sent by the infected computer. It could even operate the computer’s webcam remotely. All the suspicious lover had to do was send their lover an electronic greeting card. If they opened it, the software would be installed.

DNA databases: another layer of discrimination in criminal law?

This week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is holding a rare re-hearing on the constitutionality of collecting the DNA profiles of arrestees into databases intended to solve future crimes. The appellate court has heard the case before but decided to rehear it in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a similar Maryland law this June.

Recent Case Results

  • Juvenile Charges

    A juvenile was arrested for 2nd Degree Robbery. After 6 months the case was dismissed.

    A juvenile was arrested for Sexual Battery. After 6 months and 80 hours of Community service, the case was dismissed.

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  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    A client with a 1st DUI arrest. Fearing she would go to jail; lose her license for a year and lose her job. Got a wet reckless and minimal fines.

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  • Drug Charges

    A client with 4 Felony charges on a Transportation Charge, a Attempt to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, (50 pounds), Conspiracy Charge all where reduced to 1 Misdemeanor. No Jail.

    Client was charged with 6 Felony drug possessions. Facing jail time. The results: Client got a deferred entry of judgment and then dismissed.

    Client charged with several felony counts of possession of Marijuana with intent to sell. Client was involved in a medical marijuana grow. Case was reduced and later dismissed.

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  • Sex Crimes

    A client with alleged 2 Felony Sex charges and he faced jail and sex registration. The case was entirely dismissed.

    Client charged with prostitution; facing jail time and sex offender registration. Result: NO JAIL TIME AND NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION Deferred Entry of Judgment.

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  • Domestic Violence

    Client charged with domestic violence, with great bodily injury. Case reduced to a misdemeanor with time served.

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