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Monthly Archive: July 2008

July 31, 2008

Professional Baseball Player Charged with Felony Assault for Involvement in On-Field Brawl

A brawl which occurred during a minor league baseball game in Ohio last week resulted in criminal charges filed against Peoria Chiefs pitcher, Julio Castillo. In the midst of the 10-minute long, bench-clearing melee, video shows Castillo maliciously throwing a baseball, but does not record where the baseball landed. As it turns out, the baseball struck a spectator, who later required treatment at a local hospital, and resulted in criminal charges of felonious assault filed against Castillo. Castillo was arrested following the fight and was arraigned, via video conference, from the county...

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Posted in: Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes

July 30, 2008

United States Court of Appeals Upholds Ruling that Child Online Protection Act is Unconstitutional

On July 22, 2008, the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s ruling in ACLU v. MuKasey, striking-down the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) which was passed in 1998; finding that the act is unconstitutional. The case, decided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will now likely be appealed to the United States Supreme Court. COPA, which was passed nearly a decade ago, has been the topic of constant legal battles; an almost immediate injunction following the Act’s passage has not allowed the law to ever take effect. The Child Online Protection Act was passed three...

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Posted in: Child Pornography

July 23, 2008

Pennsylvania’s DUI Laws Apply to More Than Just Motor Vehicles

A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania resident convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol a few years ago, traded in his motor vehicle for a bicycle; to prevent himself from receiving any future DUI related charges. He never anticipated being charged with a second-offense for Driving Under the Influence, while riding his bicycle. On July 4, 2007, he was riding his bicycle from a holiday party in Narberth, PA to his home in Havertown, PA, when he was struck by an automobile. He was treated at the scene, and taken...

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Posted in: Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes

July 21, 2008

Philadelphia Youth Suspected of DUI and Vehicular Homicide Hurts His Defense with MYSPACE Page

Joseph Genovese, Jr., an 18-year old teen from Philadelphia, is suspected of vehicular homicide, resulting in the death of a tourist from St. Louis and severe injuries suffered by her friend last week in South Philadelphia. Police allege that the teen ran a red-light while intoxicated, striking the two victims that were leaving an afternoon Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. Police became aware of Genovese’s Myspace.com profile following the accident. Genovese, who has a pending charge for possession of marijuana, used his mug shot as his profile picture. Also on his profile were...

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July 17, 2008

Philadelphia and New York City Defrauded of Thousands of Dollars

Richard Gottfried, an ex-convict, concealed his criminal past in order to obtain employment as a court-appointed sentencing consultant in both Philadelphia and New York City. He advertised himself as a mitigation specialist, offering his services to criminal defense lawyers, promising to help gather information that would benefit defendants at sentencing hearings. In doing so, he was able to cheat the Philadelphia Court system out of nearly $400,000 and New York City Courts out of $60,000. Gottfried admitted to the Philadelphia scheme, but pled not guilty in New York, to charges of grand...

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Posted in: Federal White Collar Crime