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Definitions of Commonly Used Terms in Criminal Law

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Acquittal – A release, absolution, or discharge of an obligation or liability. Commonly in criminal law, this can happen when a jury finds a defendant not guilty of a criminal charge. Adjudication – Giving or pronouncing a judgment or decree; the judgment given. This term is common used when a judge finds and adjudicates a…

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Policing for Profit

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Civil forfeiture laws allow police to seize your property, sell it and use the money to fund agency budgets. This means your car, cash, real estate or other property can be taken from you even if you are not convicted or charged with a crime. I’m sure you are wondering how your property can be taken from you if…

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Financial or White Collar Crimes

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White collar crimes involve deceiving individuals, organizations or companies of their money. This type of crime is non-violent and usually occurs when a person in a position of trust abuses his/her power. Some examples of white collar crimes include, but are not limited to: Fraud Money laundering Electronic or cyber crime Bribery and corruption Embezzlement Blackmail Forgery Tax Evasion Although these…

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Bail in America: A Tool of Coercion

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The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution explicitly states that “excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed.” However, bail in America has evolved in such a way that it has become less of a tool for keeping people out of jail and more of a tool to coerce low-income defendants to enter…

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Central Florida Law Enforcement Agency Interested in Buying Hacking Team Technology

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Wikileaks, a website that posts original documents from anonymous sources, has recently leaked e-mails between the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and the Italian company Hacking Team that show the MBI’s desire to purchase spyware technology that would enable the agency to infiltrate phones and computers. The MBI is a multi-agency task force in Orlando…

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