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September 19, 1900, Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid Commit First Robbery Together - Today in Crime History

On September 19, in the year 1900, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid committed their first robbery together, taking $32,640 from the First National Bank of Winnemucca, Nevada.

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Two Florida Circuit Court Judges Rule Drug Law Unconstitutional

Following the lead of U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven, who found on July 27, 2011 that the provisions of Florida Statute 893.13 violated fundamental rights of due process (read the Shelton order here), two State of Florida Circuit Court Judges have now also ruled that Florida’s primary drug prohibition statute is unconstitutional.   On August 17, 2011, Judge Milton Hirsch of the State of Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit dismissed thirty-nine felony drug cases finding Florida Statute 893.13 violates due process and is unconstitutional.   Read the Hirsch order here.  Similarly, on September 14, 2011, Judge Scott Brownell of the State of Florida’s Twelfth Judicial Circuit, dismissed forty-two felony drug cases, finding that Florida Statute 893.13 is unconstitutional.  Read the Brownell order here.

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September 16, 1920, Bomb Explodes On Wall Street Killing 38 - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 16, in 1920, a bomb in a horse-drawn wagon exploded in front of the J.P. Morgan building on Wall Street, killing 38 and injuring 400.  At that time, the Wall Street bombing was considered one of  the deadliest terrorist attacks ever upon civilians on American soil.

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September 15, 1963 - Babtist Church in Alabama Bombed, Four Children Killed - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 15, in 1963 a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four children.  The entire Sixteenth Street wall of the church building collapsed into a basement amid screams of horror and terror.  The explosion at the African-American church marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s civil rights movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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September 14, 1974, “I Shot the Sheriff" Hits #1 On Billboard’s Top 100 Chart - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 14, in 1974, the song “I Shot the Sheriff” was named Billboard magazine’s number one single in the United States.   While the song was written by reggae legend Bob Marley, it was Eric Clapton's version that achieved the top ranking in the music charts.

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Helping Your Attorney Help You

Whether you are a litigant in a civil case or a defendant facing criminal charges, there will be difficult decisions you must face. Maintaining good relations with your attorney and assisting throughout the process can make your tough decisions easier.

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Finding the Right Attorney for You

If you are ever in need of legal advice and representation for a particular legal matter, you should spend some time and effort researching the best attorney for your needs.

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Vaporize not Mirandize

The fear of terrorism and the rise of new police powers in the wake of 9/11 has resulted in the increasing militarization of local law enforcement, and the application of terrorism powers in the domestic "War on Drugs".   The New York magazine and the Huffington Post examine this trend in current articles, finding a disturbing change in our domestic police culture from protect and serve to officer safety.

To read the full Huffington Post article click here.

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September 13, 2007, O.J. Simpson Commits Robbery - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 13, in 2007,  a group of men led by O.J. Simpson entered a room in the Palace Station hotel in Las Vegas and left with various sports memorabilia and a phone. According to Bruce Fromong, a self-described former sports memorabilia dealer, the group of men broke into his room and stole Simpson memorabilia at gunpoint.  This crime led to a high profile trial centered on O.J. Simpson.

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September 12, 1983, Security Guard Steals Seven Million Dollars - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 12, 1983, a Wells Fargo security guard, Victor Manuel Gerena, stole seven million dollars from the company’s depot in West Hartford.  The robbery was the second-largest in U.S. history and soon was tied to Los Macheteros, an extremist group advocating independence for Puerto Rico.  Today, all but $80,000 is still missing, and so is Gerena.

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September 9, 1971, Inmates Riot & Seize Attica, New York Prison - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 9, in 1971 over one thousand prisoners at the state prison in Attica, NY started a riot that would last four days.  The riot began with the killing of a corrections officer, then the rioters took about 40 prison employees hostage.  Inmates actually seized control of the maximum security facility. 

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September 8, 1935, U.S. Senator Huey Long Shot In Louisiana State Capitol - Today in Crime History

On this day, September 8, in 1935, United States Senator Huey "The Kingfish" Long was shot in the Louisiana State Capitol.   Senator Long was shot after a confrontation with Carl Weiss, a Baton Rouge doctor.   Weiss was shot multiple times by Long's bodyguards and died at the scene.  Long died two days later of complications from the wound.

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September 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur Shot - Today in Crime History

On this day, September 7,  in 1996, rap star Tupac Shakur was shot several times in his BMW after attending a boxing match in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He died in the hospital several days later while being treated for his injuries.

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September 6, 1901, President McKinley Shot By Leon Czolgosz - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 6, in 1901, President William McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.   McKinley, while greeting a gathering of people in the Temple of Music, was shot twice at point-blank range by Leon Czolgosz, a self proclaimed anarchist.  McKinley survived for another week before finally dying on September 14, 1901.

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September 3, 1971, "White House Plumbers" Break Into Doctor's Office - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 3, in 1971, a team of CIA operatives under the supervision of aides to President Richard Nixon broke into Daniel Ellsberg’s doctor’s office in an effort to steal confidential information that could be used to discredit him as a activist opposed to the war in Vietnam.

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Florida Court Declares Loud Stereo Statute Unconstitutional

In May 2011, the Second District Court of Appeals ruled that the Florida Statute which makes it unlawful to have your car stereo plainly audible at a distance of 25 feet or more from the motor vehicle is unconstitutional. The Court stated that the term “plainly audible” is too vague and invites arbitrary enforcement. Additionally, the Court stated that this statute was a restriction on free speech.

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1st Amendment Ruling Upholds Right of Citizens to Record Police Behavior

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of a Massachusetts district court that denied immunity from suit to police officers for arresting a man who video recorded their arrest of a person on the Boston Common.  Given the public nature of their job and the public setting of the arrest that was being filmed, the federal appellate court spurned their claim that they should be immune from suit for arresting and jailing the videographer for a felony.

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September 2, 1885, White Miners Murder 28 Chinese Coworkers - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 2, in 1885, white miners working for the Union Pacific coal mine in Rock Springs, Wyoming, rioted and attacked their Chinese coworkers, killing 28, wounding 15 others, and driving several hundred more out of town.  Seventy-nine homes of the Chinese workers were burned to the ground.

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September 1, 1807, Aaron Burr Acquitted of Committing Treason - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 1, in 1807, Aaron Burr was acquitted of committing treason against the United States.

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August 31, 1985, Serial Killer Richard Munoz Ramirez Captured - Today In Crime History

On this date in crime history, August 31, 1985: Richard Munoz Ramirez, know as the "The Walk-in Killer" and the "Night Stalker", was captured and beaten by a mob in East Los Angeles, California.

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