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January 2015 Archives

Wiretapping Laws In Need of an Update

Essex County District Attorney, Jonathan Blodgett, says Massachusetts law enforcement officials will be seeking an update of the state's wiretapping laws. Police say the move is part of a broader plan to go after human traffickers and drug gangs. Law enforcement hopes that changes in the policy will allow them to use wiretaps beyond traditional organized crime, such as the mafia, to ask judges for wiretaps for narcotic trafficking activity. 

Is the Super Bowl Linked to Sex Trafficking?

In a matter of days, the New England Patriots will take on Seattle in Arizona for the NFL championship. While players and fans will be focused on the game, politicians will be considering other issues. In advance of the Super Bowl, law enforcement announces crackdowns on sex trafficking, with the understanding that the major sporting event brings an increase in the crime. 

Tomorrow's Nor'easter: Do Blizzards Deter Criminal Activity?

With the big winter storm about to hit, most of us are making sure we have enough food, water, batteries, and worried about defending our parking spaces. Yet there may be a bright side to the coming blizzard. Some evidence suggests that crime decreases during stormy weather, as both citizens and criminals decide to stay home. 

Will Boston Olympics Bring Crime and Corruption?

Boston has recently won the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) vote to be the official choice for the country's bid in the 2024 Olympic games. Boston residents run the spectrum between avid supporters and vocal opponents. By looking to past Olympic games, some worry that cost overrides, financial fraud, and safety concerns may mark the Olympic legacy. 

Boston Cop Arrested in Uber Assault

Ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, have boomed over recent years. Supporters cite the simplicity of the process and lower cost over using traditional for-hire car service. Critics cite the lack of formal regulations that operators of taxis have to undergo. However, this past weekend, one Uber passenger took out his displeasure with his ride on the Uber driver, before taking the wheel into his own hands. 

State Supreme Court to Decide Drug Lab Remedy

When individuals are arrested for drug crimes, the suspected drugs are confiscated by police as evidence. Samples of the substances are sent to labs for testing, to confirm that they are actually illicit drugs. Evidence from the lab tests are then used as evidence by prosecutors to charge the individual with a crime, or when offering a plea deal. At least that is how the system is supposed to operate. 

Cheating in Higher Education

The high cost of higher education has left many graduates with tens of thousands of dollars in debt from student loans. However, while many students are upset at the high costs of a college education, other students seem to take their expensive classes for granted, and don't bother to show up. Generally, failing to attend classes will result in a lowered grade for the students, but at least one class found a loophole to avoid attending their course. The only problem is there ploy was discovered by the teacher. 

Oscar-Winning Director Loses Bid To Have Sex Case Against Him Dismissed, U.S. Wants Extradition

Last week, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin rejected Roman Polanski's motion for a new hearing, according to the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times. Polanski's U.S. legal team includes famed attorney Alan M. Dershowitz, former Harvard Law professor. 

Chicopee Man Accused of Copycat Police Threats

Last weekend, Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers while they were sitting in their police cruiser in Brooklyn. Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were killed by the 28-year-old Brinsley. Earlier that day, he had posted a picture of a gun on his Instagram account, along with the words, "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours...let's take 2 of theirs." Police in Maryland passed the warning on to New York police, but the information came through too late to alert the officers. 

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