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October 11, 1972, Inmates Riot Over Conditions At Washington D.C. Jail - Today in Crime History

On this day, October 11, in the year 1972, approximately fifty  inmates at the Washington D.C. jail seized control of a cellblock and held twelve jail officials hostage, demanding improved jail conditions and reductions in jail overcrowding.

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October 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew Pleads No Contest To Tax Evasion - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 10, in the year 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned the vice presidency and, on the same day, plead nolo contendre to a single count of tax evasion.

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October 7, 1998 – Gay Student Matthew Shepard Found Tied To Fence, Savagely Beaten - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 7, in the year 1998,  Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was found tied to a fence after being brutally beaten by two young adults in Laramie, Wyoming.

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October 6, 1998 - Jury Selection Begins For Delaware Lawyer Charged With Murder - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 6, in the year 1998, the murder trial began for Thomas Capano, a former deputy attorney general for the State of  Delaware, accused of killing 28-year-old secretary, Anne Marie Fahey.

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October 5, 1892, Infamous Dalton Gang Attempts Last Armed Robbery - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 5, in the year 1892, the Dalton Gang attempted its final armed robbery, which ended in a deadly gun battle, killing most of the gang members.

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October 4, 1988, TV Evangelist Jim Bakker Indicted For Federal Crimes - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 4, in the year 1988, televangelist Jim Bakker is indicted on 24 federal charges of mail and wire fraud and of conspiring to defraud the public.

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October 3, 1995 - O.J. Simpson Acquitted of Murder - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 3, in the year 1995, former football star O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL CALLS FOR END TO MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES

On Thursday September 29. 2011, in an editorial entitled “ An Invitation to Overreach”, the New York Times joins the  American Bar Association, the Judicial Conference of the United States , and every major organization focusing on criminal justice  in opposing  mandatory minimum sentences.  The Times stated the rise in mandatory minimum sentences has damaged the integrity of the justice system , reduced the role of judges in meting out punishment, and has increased the power of prosecutors beyond their proper role.

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September 30, 1961, Dozens Of Denver Police Officers Arrested - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 30, in the year 1961, dozens of Colorado law enforcement officers from the Denver Police Department  were arrested, stripped of their badges and firearms and hauled to jail for running a massive police burglary ring.

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District Court of Appeal Requests Florida Supreme Court Decide Constitutionality Of Drug Law Quickly

In an opinion dated September 28, 2011, a Florida District Court of Appeal has certified that an appeal from a recent ruling finding Florida’s primary drug prossession statute unconstitutional involves an issue of great public importance that requires immediate resolution by the Florida Supreme Court.  The appellate court’s certification is essentially a request that Florida’s highest court resolve issues recently raised about the constitutionality of Florida's drug statute as quickly as possible. The appellate court’s certification was entered as prosecutors in Manatee County Florida appealed Circuit Court Judge Scott Brownell’s dismissal of drug charges against forty-two defendants to the Second District Court of Appeal.  Judge Brownell’s recent order finding Florida’s drug statute unconstitutional, as well as other similar recent court rulings, have been discussed previously in this blog and can be found here.

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September 29, 1995 Atheist Leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair Murdered - Today In Crime History

On this day, Sept. 29, in the year 1995, atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair was murdered in Texas during a kidnapping and extortion scheme.

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September 28, 1973, IT&T Building Bombed In New York - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 28,  in the year 1973, a bomb was detonated at the IT&T (International Telephone & Telegraph) building in New York.  The explosive device was placed in the company's Latin American section and caused extensive damage to several offices.  No one was killed or injured.  Another bomb was detonated that same day at IT&T's Rome headquarters.

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Tougher Sentencing Laws Give Prosecutors Greater Leverage to Induce Plea Bargains

On Monday, September 26, 2011, the New York Times reported in a front page story that as a result of decades of passing laws to increase punishments, prosecutors have gained greater leverage to extract guilty pleas from defendants which has dramatically reduced the number of cases proceeding to trial. The Times examined statistics from the National Center for State Courts and the Bureau of Justice Statistics which illustrate this trend towards lower trial rates

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September 27, 1989 - Zsa Zsa Gabor Storms Out During Criminal Jury Trial - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 27, in the year 1989, Zsa Zsa Gabor, on trial for slapping a police officer, stormed out of the courtroom in the middle of the prosecutor's closing argument.

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September 26, 1879, Thousands Gather To Watch Public Execution - Today in Crime History

On this day, September 26, in the year 1879, Anthony Blair was publically hanged in Hamblen County, Tennessee, in front of a crowd of eight to ten thousand people.

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September 23, 1957 - Mob Forces Black Students To Withdraw From Arkansas School - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 23, in the year 1957, a group of black students, who became known as the “Little Rock Nine", were forced to withdraw from an Arkansas High School by an angry mob of violent white segregationist.

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September 22, 1975, President Ford Survives Second Assassination Attempt - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 22, in the year 1975, U.S. President Gerald Ford survived a second assassination attempt.  Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Ford outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, just seventeen days after Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme had pointed a gun at the president.

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September 21, 1976, Bomb Kills Chilean Resistance Leader In Washington D.C - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 21, in the year 1976, a car bomb in Washington, D.C., set by agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, exploded, killing political figure Orlando Letelier and his assistant.

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Noise Statute Unconstitutional

On September 16th the Fifth District Court of Appeals declared Florida Statute 316.3045 (1 ) ( a ) unconstitutionally overbroad and found that it restricted the right of free expression. This ruling was consistent with a prior ruling of the Second District Court of Appeals from May of this year in a case styled as State of Florida v. Catalano 60 So. 3d 1139 ( Fla. 2nd DCA , 2011).

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September 20, 1985, Cocaine Trial Embarrasses Major League Baseball - Today in Crime History

On this day, September 20, in the year 1985, Curtis Strong was convicted of selling cocaine to pro baseball players, resulting ultimately in some of  the harshest Major League Baseball penalties since the Black Sox scandal of 1919.

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