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Foreign nationals extradited to US for drug charges - how far does US Law Enforcement's reach extend?

In an unusual case, a foreign national has been extradited to Miami to face drug charges for a case that originated in the Dominican Republic. Dominican and US forces collaborated to track Jairo Estupinan Micolta, 30, in a collaborative sting operation.

Miami Mans Wins Wrongful Arrest Lawsuit With Evidence from the 'The First 48' Show

The reality TV show The First 48 and the City of Miami got its own dose of reality earlier this month when a federal jury awarded $850,000 to 27-year-old Taiwan Smart for a wrongful arrest that was made as a part of the show.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Presumes Guilt, Robs Citizens of Property, with Little Recourse

Civil Asset Forfeiture is a common practice across the United States. It is intended to hinder the activities of organized crime such as mafia and gangs, by seizing money or goods obtained through illegal activity. However, in practice, civil asset forfeiture often disrupts the lives of innocent citizens.

Credibility of Bite Mark Evidence Called into Question

A recent series in the Washington Post analyzed some of the questions surrounding the subjective field of bite mark analysis in criminal court proceedings. The articles addressed the field itself, particularly the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) and its advocates.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Leaves Train Passenger Broke

In a surprising twist on what starts out like a classic American dream story, Joseph Rivers just became the most recent casualty in a practice known as civil asset forfeiture, which allows law enforcement officials to take money and property from citizens, even if they haven't been found guilty.

South Florida brothers accused of running counterfeit check scheme with bank employees

South Florida brothers Luis Miguel Gallo and Juan Gallo, both 21, were arrested for passing counterfeit checks with the help of bank employees. They are accused of drawing counterfeit funds on real accounts with the aid of employees at two South Florida banks.

FBI admits thousands of convictions potentially affected by overstating "scientific" evidence

The FBI admits that up to 95 percent of their testimony regarding hair comparison overstated the likelihood of hair matches in testimony. The last thirty years of hair analysis by the FBI has been called into question, and the potentially impacted cases go back decades. The FBI laboratory's hair comparison unit conducted 2,500 cases using a process that has been found to be more subjective than scientific. Hair and bite-mark forensics rely on a process of matching patterns, which is not a definitive technique like DNA.

Supreme Court Rules that Police Can't Hold Suspects for Drug Sniffing Dogs

The Supreme Court recently made a ruling in the case of Rodriguez vs. United States of America that says police cannot detain a suspect at a traffic stop to wait for a drug-sniffing dog to arrive. The Nebraska case started as a routine traffic stop, but turned into a test of the parameters of the Fourth Amendment.

Baseball Agents Cleared of Wrongdoing in Biogenesis Probe

Baseball agents Sam and Seth Levinson, founders of the sports agency ACES, Inc. have just been cleared in an investigation by the Major League Baseball Players Association. It was determined that the agents did not have knowledge of steroid and other PED use by their clients at the Biogenesis clinic.

Judge Overturns Conviction in Medicare Fraud Case

A U.S. District Court Judge recently overturned a Miami jury's verdict on a Medicare Fraud case from 2014. Tiffany Foster, 49, who was found guilty in May of 2014 and was awaiting sentencing, had her conviction reversed due to statute of limitation.

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