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Each lawyer in this firm has more than 25 years experience practicing criminal defense in Gainesville, Florida and surrounding areas, including Alachua, Levy, Bradford, Union and Gilchrist Counties.

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November 21, 1990, Michael Milken Sentenced To 10 Years For Security Law Violations, Today In Crime History

On this date, November 21, in the year 1990, Michael Milken, who was know as the “Junk Bond King”, was sentenced to ten year in prison for financial and security fraud violations.  His critics portrayed  him as the epitome of Wall Street greed during the 1980s.  Milken's compensation, while head of the high-yield bond department at Drexel Burnham Lambert in the late 1980s, exceeded $1 billion in a four-year period, a new record for US income at that time.

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Understanding Alachua County’s Drug Court Program

The Alachua County Drug Court program is a supervision and treatment program serving nonviolent felony offenders whose criminal allegations are related to drug or alcohol addiction. Alachua County’s Drug Court Program has been operating since 1993 and was one of the first fully functional programs in the State of Florida.  It’s offices are located at 249 W. University Ave. (Rear Entrance) Gainesville, Florida.

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November 18, 1996, Bird Expert Sentenced To 7 Years For Smuggling Parrots - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 18, in the year 1996, Tony Silva, a renowned exotic bird expert and vocal protector of exotic birds, was sentenced to seven years in prison without parole for leading an illegal parrot smuggling operation.

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November 17, 1734 - Newspaper Publisher Arrested for “Seditious Libel” - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 17, in the year 1734, John Peter Zenger was arrested for seditious libel and held in jail for ten months before his case went to trial.  Alexander Hamilton represented him and despite heavy pressure from the colonial Governor's judges, was found not guilty. This case was important for setting a precedent of freedom of the press before America became an independent nation, even in criminal cases.

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November 16, 1957, Woman’s Headless Body Found Hanging Upside-down In Shed - Today in Crime History

On this date, November 16, in the year 1957, law enforcement officers went to Edward Gein's Wisconsin farmhouse and found Bernice Worden's headless corpse hanging upside down in a shed.

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November 15, 1959, Four Members Of Herbert Clutter Family Murdered - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 15, in the year 1959, ex-convicts Richard Hickock and Perry Smith brutally murdered Herbert Clutter, his wife, and two children in their rural Holcumb, Kansas, farmhouse.

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November 14, 1991, Fired U.S. Postal Service Employee Goes On Shooting Rampage - Today in Crime History

On this day, November 14, in the year 1991, Thomas McIlvane killed five people, including himself, in a Michican post office, after being fired from the Postal Service for "insubordination."

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November 10, 1924, Chicago North Side Mob Boss Dean O’Banion Killed In Flower Shop - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 10,  in the year 1924, Chicago North Side mob boss Dean O'Banion was shot and killed in the back of the Schofield flower shop which served as his criminal headquarters.

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November 9, 1971, Sunday School Teacher Murders Family, Disappears For 18 Years - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 9, in the year 1971, John Emil List slaughtered his entire family, including his mother, in their Westfield, New Jersey, home and then disappeared.  Though law enforcement quickly identified List as the most likely suspect in the homicides, it took 18 years for them to locate and arrest him.

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November 8, 1889, Young Afro-American Lynched For Frightening White Girl - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 8, in the year 1889, Orion “Owen” Anderson was lynched in Leesburg, Virginia, for putting a bag on his head and frightening a white female friend as she walked to school.

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November 7, 2000 - California Passes Prop 36 Requiring Drug Treatment Instead Of Jail - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 7, in the year 2000, California voters approved Proposition 36 which required that certain non-violent drug possession offenders be sentenced to drug rehabilitation and probation instead of jail or prison.  It is also provided for a type of “drug diversion” which meant that successful completion of the program allowed the defendant to have their conviction dismissed and their case sealed.

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November 4, 1970, “Genie” Is Discovered, Exposing Bizarre Child Abuse Case - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 4, in the year 1970, “Genie” a feral child, who spent nearly all of the first thirteen years of her life locked inside a bedroom surrounded by chicken wire and strapped to a potty chair by day, was discovered by Los Angeles authorities.  She was a victim of one of the most severe cases of social isolation in American history.  “Genie” is the pseudonym given to the child by subsequent care givers, to protect her privacy.

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November 3, 1979, Five People Murdered At "Death to the Klan" Protest - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 3, in the year 1979, five protesters were shot dead and eleven others wounded by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis during a “Death to the Klan” rally in Greensboro, North Carolina.  These tragic murders are often referred to as the “Greensboro massacre”.  The shootings took place in broad daylight, some of which was taped by local television news crews.

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November 2, 1979, Assata Shakur Escapes From Federal Prison - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 2, in the year 1979, three members of the Black Liberation Army broke fellow BLA member Assata Shakur out of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township, NJ.  Shakur was the step-aunt of deceased hip hop icon Tupac Shakur (the sister of his stepfather, Mutulu Shakur).

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Florida Supreme Court Accepts Jurisdiction In Drug Law Constitutionality Cases

The Florida Supreme Court has accepted jurisdiction to decide the constitutionality of Florida’s drug statutes pursuant to the request of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal.  Meanwhile, in another case, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal upheld the constitutionality of Florida’s drug law.

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November 1, 1950, Assassins Attempt To Kill President Harry Truman - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 1, in the year 1950, Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempted to assassinate President Truman at the Blair House in Washington DC.  While Truman escaped unharmed, U.S. Secret Service officer Leslie Coffelt was killed in an exchange of gunfire.

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October 31, 1974, Ronald O’Bryan Murders 8 Year Old Son With Poison Laced Candy - Today in Crime History

On this day, October 31, in the year 1974, Ronald O'Bryan killed his 8-year-old son Timothy by giving him cyanide-laced trick-or-treat candy.

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October 28, 1919, Congress Criminalizes The Possession of Alcohol - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 28,  in the year 1919, the U.S. Congress passed the Volstead Act, which banned the possession of intoxicating beverages and ushered in the era known as Prohibition.  Across the entire United States it became a crime to manufacture, transport, import, export, sell, possess or consume alcoholic beverages.

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October 27, 1994, Government Reports U.S. Prison Population Doubled Within 10 Years - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 27, in the year 1994, the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, released a report documenting that the prison population in the United States exceeded, for the first time,  more than one million incarcerated individuals.  The number, which included those incarcerated in state and federal prisons (but did not include those incarcerated in jails), was more than double the prison population that had been reported in 1984.

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October 26, 1948, Abused Wife, Betty Ferreri, Kills Husband With Meat Cleaver - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 26, in the year 1948, Betty Ferreri killed her abusive husband, Jerry, with a meat cleaver, in their Los Angeles home with the assistance of handyman Alan Adron.

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