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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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December 9, 1935, Newspaper Publisher Walter Liggett Murdered - Today In Crime History

On this date, December 9, in the year 1935, newspaper publisher Walter Liggett was murdered in an alley behind his home in Minneapolis.  Liggett, editor and founder of a weekly newspaper called The Midwest American, had published stories exposing links between Minnesota government officials and organized crime, leading many to conclude that he was killed to silence his disclosures.

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Florida Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument On Constitutionality Of Drug Law

The Florida Supreme Court heard oral argument on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, regarding the constitutionality of Florida’s drug laws as raised in the criminal case of Luke Jarrod Adkins et al v. Florida.  An assistant public defendant and assistant attorney general were questioned by the Florida Supreme Court Justice’s about their legal positions.  The Florida Supreme Court has not issued a ruling on the issue raised in the appeal and does not have a specific timetable for issuing a written order in the case.

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December 8, 1980, John Lennon Murdered In New York City - Today In Crime History

On this date, December 8, in the year 1980, John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, the rock group that transformed popular music in the 1960s, is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman.  He was shot at the entrance of the building where he lived, The Dakota, in New York City.   Lennon had just returned from Record Plant Studio with his wife, Yoko Ono.

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Understanding Florida’s Pre-Trial Intervention Program

The Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) is a diversion program available to some alleged felony offenders that, if successfully completed, results in the criminal charge being dismissed.

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December 7, 1993, Man Opens Fire On Long Island Rail Road Commuter Train Killing Six - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 7, in the year 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire on the Long Island Rail Road commuter train from New York City, killing 6 and injuring 19 others.  Train passengers stopped the perpetrator by tackling and holding him down.

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December 6, 1889, Last Execution By Hanging In New York State Occurs - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 6, in the year 1889, John Greenwall, became the last person to be executed by hanging in the State of New York.  John Greenwall, who was also known as Johann Theodore Wild, was a 30-year-old German immigrant, who lived in New York City.  He was hanged, after two separate trials,  at the Raymond Street Jail for the shooting of Lyman Smith Weeks during a burglary on March 15, 1887.

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December 5, 1933, Federal Prohibition Of The Manufacture & Sale Of Alcohol Ends - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 5, in the year 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment, and bringing an end to the era of national prohibition of the sale and manufacture of alcohol in America.  At 5:32 p.m. EST, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, achieving the requisite three-fourths majority of states' approval.  Pennsylvania and Ohio also ratified the amendment earlier on the same day.

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December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks Arrested For Refusing To Give Her Bus Seat To A White Person - Today In Crime History

On this date, December 1, in the year 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.   Her refusal to surrender her seat to the white rider spurred a city-wide boycott of the public transportation system which became known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Her willingness to be arrested and charged with a criminal offense made her an inspiration to other people who recognized the wrongfulness of using the criminal “justice” system to enforce racial segregation.

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November 30, 1993, President Clinton Signs Brady Gun Control Bill - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 30, in the year 1993, President Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which instituted, for the first time, federal criminal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States.  The Act was named after James Brady, who was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. during an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981.

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November 29, 1864, Colorado Militia Murders More Than 100 Indian Women & Children - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 29, in the year 1864, a 750-man force of Colorado Territory militiamen attacked a village of friendly Cheyenne and Arapaho encamped in the southeastern part of the Colorado Territory, killing and mutilating an estimated 150–200 Indians, about two-thirds of whom were women and children.   These killings became known as the “Sand Creek Massacre”.

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November 28, 1942, Hundreds Die In Club Fire Due To Owner’s Criminal Negligence - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 28, in the year 1942, four hundred and ninety-two people (492) died in a fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Cocoanut Grove was Boston's premier nightclub during the post-Prohibition 1930s and 40s.

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November 23, 2001, U.S. Signs “Convention On Cybercrime” Treaty - Today In Crime History

On November 23, 2001, in Budapest, Hungary, the United States and 29 other countries signed the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention, the first multilateral instrument drafted to address problems posed by the spread of criminal activity on computer networks.

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November 22, 1994, Ex-Convict Kills Three & Himself At D.C. Police Headquarters - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 22, in the year 1994,  Ex-con Bennie Lee Lawson, Jr., entered the Cold Case Squad room at the D.C. Metropolitan Police Headquarters armed with a semi-automatic firearm and opened fire killing two FBI Agents and a D.C. Metro Police Sergeant, before killing himself.

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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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