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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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October 14, 1912, Teddy Roosevelt Shot During Campaign Stop - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 14, in 1912, saloon keeper John Schrank shot Theodore Roosevelt during a campaign stop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   Amazingly, with the .32-caliber bullet still in him, Roosevelt delivered his campaign speech anyway.

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HERALD-TRIBUNE CALLS FOR FLORIDA TO DISCONTINUE USE OF INTOXILYZER

In an editorial published on 10-13-11, the Herald-Tribune cites a host of problems associated with the Intoxilyzer currently being used throughout the State of Florida including incorrect measurements of breath volume, unreliable results, increased government costs, and wasted court time.

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October 13, 1999 - Grand Jury Dismissed Without Indictment In Ramsey Child Murder - Today in Crime History

On this day, October 13, in the year 1999, a grand jury investigation of the death of six year old JonBenet Ramsey ended without an indictment after more than one year.

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October 12, 1978, Sex Pistol’s Bassist Sid Vicious Charged With Murder - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 12, in the year 1978, Nancy Spungen, the twenty year old girlfriend of former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was found dead in a blood stained bathroom in their room at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, New York. Spungen had a single stab wound in her abdomen.  Police arrested Sid Vicious (real name John Simon Ritchie), who had given inconsistent descriptions of what happened.

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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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