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May 2014 Archives

Women cleared for lack of knowledge in drug trafficking case

A California man has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges after an officer reportedly found a significant amount of several illegal substances in the man's vehicle. The 34-year-old man has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges including possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. It does not appear that an illegal search and/or seizure occurred in the case, in which bundles of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin were located in the man's vehicle. The key part of this case: Two women who were in the vehicle with the defendant were cleared of charges after their lack of knowledge about the drugs was established.

Is bullying a crime? Criminal defense experts not convinced

Kids will be kids -- but should they be held legally responsible for their bullying behavior? One California city is answering that question with a resounding "yes," as legislators attempt to criminalize bullying among students. Further, anyone up to age 25 could be required to mount a criminal defense against bullying allegations, which would be considered misdemeanor crimes.

Chief executive fired after pleading guilty to domestic violence

A high-profile Internet businessman has been released from his position at a San Francisco startup after a recent domestic violence conviction. The 31-year-old man had entered a guilty plea in early April in connection with allegations of domestic violence battery and battery. Those accusations were levied after he allegedly beat his girlfriend in August 2013. This case demonstrates the serious consequences that can reach into defendants' personal and professional lives after a domestic violence conviction.