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December 27, 1900, Prohibitionist Carrie Nation Smashes Saloon In Wichita, Kansas - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 27, in the year 1900, prohibitionist Carrie Nation entered the bar at the  Hotel Carey in Wichita, Kansas, and began destroying the interior.  The hotel bar gained nation-wide recognition after the militant prohibitionist waged her attack.

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December 26, 1996 - Six Year Old Child Beauty Queen JonBenet Ramsey Found Murdered - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 26, in the year 1996, six year old child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado.   Her murder remains unsolved at this time.

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December 23. 1987, Attempted Assassin Lynette Fromme Escapes From Federal Prison - Today In Crime History

On this day,  December 23, in the year 1987, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who was convicted of attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford and received a life sentence, escaped from the women’s federal prison facility, in Alderson, West Virginia.

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December 22, 1984, Benhard Goetz, Shoots 4 Young Men On NYC Subway Train - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 22, in the year 1984, Benhard Goetz shot four young black men on a New York City subway train.  Goetz would flee the scene until his surrender days afterward.  At trial he would be acquitted of attempted murder and be found guilty of a less serious charge related to his illegal possession of the firearm used.

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December 21, 1978, Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy Arrested, Later Confesses To 30 Murders, Today In Crime History

On this date, December 21, in the year 1978, serial killer John Wayne Gacy was arrested.  When questioned by law enforcement investigators about having found human remains found in the crawl space at his home, Gacy confessed that he had committed approximately 30 murders since 1972.

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December 20, 1786, Twelve Year Old Girl Executed In Connecticut - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 20, in the year 1786, twelve year old Hannah Ocuish, a Pequot Indian, was executed by hanging in New London, Connecticut, for murdering Eunice Bolles, a six year old white girl.

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December 19, 1862 - Unknown Confederate Soldier Executed For Desertion - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 19, in the year 1862, an unknown Confederate soldier was executed by firing squad for the military crime of desertion.

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December 16, 1773, The Sons Of Liberty Dump Crates Of Tea Into Boston Harbor - Today in Crime History

On this date, December 16, in the year 1773, members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dumped crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act and its provisions for taxation of tea.  This act of criminal misconduct would become known as the “Boston Tea Party.”   The incident remains an iconic act of civil disobedience, albeit criminal, and political protesters often refer to it.

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December 15, 1927, Ed Hickman Kidnaps Child Which He Later Dismembers - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 15, 1927, William Edward Hickman abducted twelve year old Marion Parker from her school.  Hickman would later dismember her limbs, disembowel her and wire her eyes open to appear as though she was still alive. This crime has been referred to as the most horrible crime of the 1920’s.

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December 14, 1903, Former Brooklyn Policeman Executed For Murdering Wife - Today In Crime History

On this date, December 14, in the year 1903, a nine-year veteran of the Brooklyn police force became the first member of the thin blue line to die in the electric chair.  William Ennis was executed for shooting and killing his estranged wife.

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December 13, 1971 - John Sinclair Freed From 10 Year Sentence For Possessing Two Joints - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 13, in the year 1971, the Michigan Supreme Court, on its own motion, ordered 1960's activist John Sinclair released from the ten year prison sentence he was serving for possession of two marijuana joints. The Court would later overturn his conviction, upholding Sinclair’s contention that Michigan’s marijuana statute, as then written, was unconstitutional.

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More States Consider Forced Blood Extraction For DUI Suspects That Refuse Breath Testing

Attorneys who practice DUI law understand that in Schmerber v. California, 384 U.S. 757 (1966), the US Supreme Court upheld the right of states to forcibly extract blood from DUI suspects.  Now the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that many states, including our own, have adopted or are considering adopting "no refusal" laws that allow the police to hold you down and jam a needle in your arm and extract your blood when you refuse to provide a breath sample in a DUI case.  Not surprising, Texas appears to be leading the way in this new initiative.

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December 12, 1984 - Execution Of Alpha Stephens Botched, Secretly Recorded - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 12, in the year 1984, Alpha Otis O'Daniel Stephens was executed by electrocution in the State of Georgia.  He survived the first two minute electrical jolt, to the surprise of prison officials.  Six minutes later, when doctors found that Stephens was still alive, a second jolt was administered causing death.  Years later, secret audio records of this execution were disclosed.

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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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