Category Archives: Law & Courts

March 21, 2017

Arrest made in double homicide of Colorado Springs teens

Less than two weeks before the teens were found dead, Marquez bonded out of jail on separate charges, court records show.

A 19-year-old man was arrested late Sunday in the deaths of two Colorado Springs teens, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Derek Benjamin Greer, 15, and Natalie Partida, 16, were found dead March 12 on the shoulder of Old Pueblo Road in a rural part of the county. Derek was a freshman and Natalie was a sophomore at Coronado High School.

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office ruled their deaths homicides, but has not said how they were killed, withholding details until after completion of an autopsy.

Gustavo Marquez was arrested on suspicion of two counts each of first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and aggravated robbery and one count of child abuse resulting in death, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

He was arrested on one count of child abuse because only one of the teens was younger than 16 years old, said Jacqueline Kirby, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Marquez remains in the El Paso County jail without bond, inmate records show.

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March 19, 2017

Georgia middle school teacher arrested in $6 million drug bust

Investigators executed a search warrant and found 61 kilos of cocaine, a kilo of heroin, guns and cash in the home, which Alvarez shared with Monica Pascual Brito and her brother.

Georgia deputies raided a middle school teacher’s home and seized guns and $6 million in cocaine and heroin.

The teacher Karla Alvarez, 28, and two others are facing drug trafficking and gun charges following Thursday’s drug bust by local authorities in Hall County.

Fox 5 Atlanta reported Friday that Alvarez is a teacher at Chestatee Middle School Academy in Gainesville. She also coaches the girls soccer team. She teaches Spanish, according to the school’s website.

“I’ve worked drugs and gangs for a long time and it was one of the larger cocaine seizures I’ve ever seen,” Hall County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Ware said, according to the station.

Investigators executed a search warrant and found 61 kilos of cocaine, a kilo of heroin, guns and cash in the home, which Alvarez shared with Monica Pascual Brito and her brother.

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March 18, 2017

Mexican Government Allows Top Cartel Bosses to Escape Prior to U.S. Extradition

One of the top lieutenants of the Sinaloa Cartel and four other key bosses chose to escape from a Mexican prison rather than face the U.S. justice system. Sinaloa Cartel members previously warned their key leader would not set foot in the United States.

The brazen escape took place on Thursday at the Aguaruto State Prison in Culiacan, Sinaloa, when authorities received a 911 call alerting them about an escape by Juan Jose “El Azulito” Esparragoza and some other key members of the Sinaloa Cartel. The fugitive cartel members are tied to the group led by Sinaloa top boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and the sons of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, said Cristobal Castañeda Camarillo, the Sub-secretary for Public Safety in Sinaloa. Mexican authorities would not go into details about the escape since the case remains under investigation and prison officials and guards are under investigation.

“Since they were inmates held on federal crimes, on repeated occasions state authorities had requested that they be taken to maximum security federal facilities; we are requesting for Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office to take over the case, Castañeda Camarillo said during a news conference.

Esparragoza Monzon is the son of the late Juan Jose “El Azul” Esparragoza, who along with “El Chapo” Guzman and “El Mayo” Zambada founded what became known as The Sinaloa Cartel. As Breitbart Texas previously reported, El Chapo escaped twice from Mexican maximum security prisons before being extradited to the United States.

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March 15, 2017

Heroin Is Behind 80 Percent Of All Crime In Plagued Community

“Heroin is taking up 80 to 90 percent of our time,” Det. Ken Miller with the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department told WKRN. “Everything we are dealing with now is related to heroin.”

Police officers fighting the opioid epidemic in a Tennessee community rattled by overdoses say heroin is the driving force behind the vast majority of crimes and deaths.

Heroin is ravaging Cheatham County with spiking overdoses throughout the community, driven by widespread prescription painkiller abuse. Officers in the county all carry and are trained in administering Narcan, the overdose reversal drug that can save addicts from death. Officers in the region say up to 90 percent of robberies, deaths and other crimes have their root in heroin, reports WKRN.

Cheatham County Police recently warned the community to expect an increase in overdoses, possibly due to a bad batch cut with a more powerful substance like fentanyl.

Fentanyl is an opiate-based painkiller known to be roughly 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

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Penn State Administrators Plead Guilty As Students Return From Break

Former Assistant Coach Mike McQueary reported seeing Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a shower at Penn State in 2001 to Coach Joe Paterno, who reported it to his supervisor Curley.

Students at Penn State returned to classes on Monday the same day two former administrators pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children in the case of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz both pleaded guilty to the charge of endangering the welfare of children. The charge is a misdemeanor. Both were charged with helping cover up Sandusky’s abuse of boys after it was reported to them.

Curley and Schultz’s guilty pleas could set up the possibility they will testify for the prosecution at next week’s trial of the former Penn State President Graham Spanier, according to a report by local Penn Live.

Curly and Schultz each pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor that carries a maximum possible penalty of a $10,000 fine and five years in prison.

“There is no provision of the agreement that would limit my ability to impose sentence as I see fit,” Judge Boccabella said.

Former Assistant Coach Mike McQueary reported seeing Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a shower at Penn State in 2001 to Coach Joe Paterno, who reported it to his supervisor Curley.

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March 14, 2017

Immigrant millionaire’s wife busted for massive welfare fraud

Police said Agbapuruonwu was charged with “felony welfare fraud and document forgery.”

A 42-year-old mother of four in Arlington, Virginia, has been charged with allegedly falsifying welfare applications despite the fact that her husband made $1.5 million annually, according to The Daily Caller.

Police reports said after several months of investigating, it was discovered that Helen Agbapuruonwu collected food stamps and Medicaid benefits from 2010 to 2016 amounting to more than $100,000 in benefits.

The woman’s husband, Fidelis Agbapuruonwu was earning $1.5 million as a lawyer in Washington, D.C. at the time, according to NBC News 4.

Police said Agbapuruonwu was charged with “felony welfare fraud and document forgery.”

Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, a Nigerian immigrant, has a LinkedIn page that currently says he works for the D.C. firm Mayer Brown. However, on Monday, the firm told NBC 4 he is no longer employed there.

NBC 4 reports Agbapuruonwu, who is one of eight children in his family, had received the Paul and Daisy Soros Scholarship to help him kick off his career in law. The Soros scholarship is specifically awarded to immigrants.

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March 13, 2017

Previously Deported Alien, Brother Busted With 200 Pounds of Meth

Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas reveal that immigration officials deported Jayro on at least two previous occasions. Border Patrol agents apprehended the Mexican national on at least three other occasions. A court sentenced him to prison after one of the incidents of illegally crossing the border and a second time for using a fraudulent document to cross the border illegally. The court sentenced him to two years in prison for that charge.

A joint law enforcement task force arrested a previously deported criminal alien and his brother for allegedly transporting nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents teamed up with deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to arrest two brothers who were allegedly smuggling a large volume of methamphetamine, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from ICE officials.

The task force attempted to arrested Jayor Haro-Lopez, 34, a Mexican national with a prior criminal history that includes prison time and at least two deportations, and his brother Hernan Haro-Lopez, 28, after observing them loading a suspicious box into one of their vehicles. Officials listed the younger brother as a Phoenix resident. The made no mention of his citizenship, nationality, or immigration status.

Officers surveilling the two brothers followed them to a storage facility where they removed a large box and placed it into Jayro’s SUV. After following the two vehicles for several miles, officers attempted to stop both vehicles. Hernan stopped his vehicle, but Jayro fled from the law enforcement officers in his SUV.

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State Drops Hammer On ‘Ruthless’ Doctors Profiting Off Opioid Addiction

“He was ruthless, he made my son into an addict,” Delmonaco told Fox News. “My son started taking it, he was injured in the military, he had pain, and he quickly got addicted. This doctor just kept writing prescriptions, the highest dosage.”

Doctors issuing mass opioid prescriptions in New Jersey are facing a legal crackdown to combat rampant heroin addiction fueled by painkillers.

A record number of doctors in the state were sanctioned in 2016 over their irresponsible prescribing habits, resulting in long-term suspensions, permanent revocation of medical licenses and in some cases criminal charges. George Beecher, a doctor in Somerset County, was found cashing in on the opioid epidemic with his associates by writing scripts for large quantities of oxycodone, a highly addictive painkiller, to patients he never met or evaluated, reports Fox News.

In total, Beecher wrote prescriptions for roughly 60,000 tablets of oxycodone to more than 24 patients he never came into contact with. David Delmonaco, the father of a 21-year-old U.S. Army officer who committed suicide after getting addicted to oxycodone through Beecher, said the doctor “did it all for money.” The state sanctioned another 30 doctors during 2016 for failing to follow prescribing guidelines or deliberately violating medical standards for profit.

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March 12, 2017

Roman Polanski Agrees to Face Rape Charges in U.S. If Judge Requires No Jail Time

French-Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski told a California judge he will return to America to face charges of statutory rape but on the condition that he does not face further jail time.

Polanski fled America for Paris in 1977 before sentencing for charges of statutory child rape, having allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot. Had he remained in America, he was subject to up to 50 years behind bars.

Now his lawyer, Harland Braun, has begun a legal negotiation to see Polanski returned to California to face the judge over the case — clarifying his status as a fugitive, according to TMZ.

However, Polanski will only agree to return to the U.S. on the condition that he will not face any further jail time, having already served more than a year of house arrest in Switzerland.

The Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee urged the judge to reject Polanski’s plea, arguing that the “defendant has many options before him if he returns to Los Angeles. What he cannot do is dictate outcomes from afar while insulating himself from any potential adverse consequence.”

The film director, now 83, has had an illustrious career despite his rape charges. Polanski has won multiple awards for titles such as Knife in the Water (1962,) Chinatown (1974), and The Pianist (2002).

Polanski has also faced personal tragedy. He lost his pregnant wife, Hollywood actress Sharon Tate, when members of the Manson family murdered her and four friends.

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Politically Correct Juries

Justice Kennedy’s new racial standard to overturn verdicts.

For 250 years U.S. law has protected jury verdicts from being overturned due to juror misconduct or bias. A liberal Supreme Court majority has now carved out an exception for racial bias, and in an ill-defined way with no limiting principle that is likely to damage the jury system.

After a Colorado jury convicted a Mexican man of sexual harassment, two jurors signed affidavits that a retired police officer on the jury had expressed racial animus during deliberations. The juror was reported to have stated that “nine times out of 10 Mexican men were guilty of being aggressive toward women and young girls,” among other slurs. The defendant’s counsel sought to overturn the conviction based on racial animus but was denied by the trial judge.

The Sixth Amendment guarantees a trial by an impartial jury, and the legal system affords numerous protections against juror bias and misconduct. Jurors can be screened for bias prior to selection. The judge and counsel can discipline juror misconduct during the trial, and jurors may report on their peers before a verdict is rendered. Any single juror’s bias can also be policed by 11 others.

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