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Webb County Justice of the Peace Pleads Guilty to Extortion

LAREDO, TX—Ricardo Rangel, justice of the peace for Webb County Precinct 2-Place 2, has been convicted of extortion under color of official right, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson today.

Rangel, 48, of Laredo, admitted that on or about March 25, 2012, he accepted a bribe while he was acting in his official capacity as a justice of the peace. Specifically, he accepted $250 from a bail bondsman in exchange for granting a $1,000 surety bail bond on an individual who had been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

U.S. District Judge Diana Saldaña, who accepted the guilty plea, will set sentencing at a later date. At that time, he faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine. He was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

The FBI investigated. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel C. Rodriguez and Roberto Ramirez.

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Three People Arrested in High-Profile Southlake Murder

The FBI arrested three Mexican citizens, including a father and son who worked as police officers, in the 2013 execution-style murder of drug-cartel lawyer Juan Guerrero-Chapa in Southlake, several law enforcement sources told NBC 5.

Southlake MurderVictim Was Drug Cartel Attorney[DFW] Southlake MurderVictim Was Drug Cartel AttorneyJuan Jesus Guerrero-Chapa, 43, was shot and killed at Southlake Town Square Wednesday. NBC 5 has learning that he was an attorney linked to a major Mexican drug cartel who had been living with his family in a secure, gated community with his wife and three children. Southlake police are asking anyone who either witnessed the shooting or has information about the shooting to please contact Det. Carl Moore at 817-748-8127.

Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Campano Jr., 30, his father, Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda, 57, and his father’s cousin, Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes, 58, were arrested in McAllen, Texas the sources said.

The father and son were arrested after crossing into the United States from Mexico. Cepeda had been living in McAllen, according to the sources.

Investigation Continues in Southlake Shooting Case[DFW] Investigation Continues in Southlake Shooting CaseThe investigation into the execution-style shooting that took the life of Juan Guerrero Chapa at Southlake Town Square last week continues. Guerrero Chapa, 43, was gunned down at about 7 p.m. May 22 at the Southlake Town Square by a masked man who jumped out of the back seat of a white sport utility vehicle, police said. Chapa had worked for the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, secretly providing inside information on cartel operations to American investigators.

Guerrero was gunned down in broad daylight near the Victoria’s Secret as he and his wife returned to their car from shopping.

The FBI and other federal agencies joined Southlake’s Department of Public Safety in the search for the killers.

“I think the arrests actually show the federal agencies are working very effectively with local and state law enforcement officials in order to arrest individuals that have caused a great deal of harm or fear of crime to society,” Tarleton State University criminal justice professor Alex del Carmen said.

Investigators said from the beginning the murder had all the markings of a professional hit.

NBC 5 reported soon after the shooting that Guerrero had been an informant for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

According to his indictment, Ledezma stalked Guerrero for more than two years before he was murdered. Ledezma was indicted on a charge of interstate stalking. Details of the charges against the other two men were not immediately released.

The father and son were police officers in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, which is a suburb of Monterrey, the third-largest city in Mexico, according to Mexican news reports and records obtained by NBC 5.

Guerrero and his family were also from the same city.

In September 2012, the Monterrey newspaper Reporte Indigo reported that Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda was in charge of internal affairs for San Pedro Police and ran an intelligence operation which included eavesdropping on telephone calls. The article also claimed that he was suspected of sharing secret information with the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

Payroll records obtained by NBC 5 also show Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Campano Jr. was a police officer in San Pedro Garza Garcia as recently as March 2010.

Southlake police and federal agents plan to release more information at a news conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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At www.defenseinvestigators.com , we are devoted to the complete defense and investigation of the cases we handle. We do not rest until we have exhausted all means of mitigating the drug charges against our clients. We take the time necessary to present a solid investigation that will uncover any evidence – or the lack thereof – that warrants lesser charges or total dismissal before the case even makes it to trial.

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Supreme Court may take up D.C. drug case

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New York City Police Department Officer Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Fraud and Identity Theft Charges

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that JOHN L. MONTANEZ, a police officer with the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to credit card fraud and identity theft offenses. MONTANEZ, who was arrested late May 2014, entered his plea today before U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “John Montanez summed it up well when he told a cooperating witness ‘I am not the cop you think I am.’ In fact, he’s a criminal who dishonored himself, the NYPD and the public he serves, and by doing so, made every other honest police officer’s job that much harder. I want to thank the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau for working with my office to investigate, and snuff out, this conduct.”

According to the Complaint, Information, and today’s plea proceeding:

In 2011, an individual, who subsequently agreed to cooperate with law enforcement, and who is referred to in the case as the “CW,” informed MONTANEZ that the CW had a suspended and/or revoked driver’s license. In response, MONTANEZ offered to provide the CW with the name and driver’s license number of a real person—so that if the CW were stopped by law enforcement, the CW could pretend to be someone else—in return for items that the CW would purchase for MONTANEZ with fraudulently obtained or stolen credit cards. After that, in return for the CW purchasing merchandise for MONTANEZ, and providing to MONTANEZ credit card/debit card numbers that MONTANEZ understood were stolen or fraudulently obtained, MONTANEZ provided to the CW multiple names, dates of birth, and driver’s license identification numbers of other people. One such person, referred to in the Complaint as “Victim-1,” was a fellow police officer with the NYPD, serving in the same precinct as MONTANEZ.

The CW was arrested in June 2013 and later began recording meetings with MONTANEZ in connection with the CW’s cooperation with law enforcement. During these meetings, MONTANEZ offered to provide additional identities to the CW in return for merchandise purchased with credit/debit cards that MONTANEZ believed the CW had stolen or fraudulently obtained. In one recorded meeting, MONTANEZ observed to the CW: “I am not the cop you think I am. I am a piece of s***.”

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MONTANEZ, 28, of the Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty to one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He faces a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum term of two years. The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

MONTANEZ is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Failla on January 14, 2015.

Mr. Bharara thanked the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, who worked with the CW to develop evidence implicating MONTANEZ and assisted in the prosecution. Mr. Bharara also praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau.

The case is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Richenthal is in charge of the prosecution.

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Sixteen Former Puerto Rico Police Officers Plead Guilty to Running Criminal Organization from the Police Department

WASHINGTON—Sixteen former Puerto Rico police officers have pleaded guilty for their roles in a criminal organization run out of the police department. The officers used their affiliation with law enforcement to commit robbery and extortion, to manipulate court records in exchange for bribes, and to sell illegal narcotics.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez of the District of Puerto Rico and Special Agent in Charge Carlos Cases of the FBI’s San Juan Division made the announcement.

“These 16 police officers were charged with fighting crime, protecting lives and property, and improving the quality of life in Puerto Rico,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “Instead, they used their badges and guns to do the opposite, committing crimes, endangering lives, and stealing property under the veil of police authority. This prosecution demonstrates the Justice Department’s commitment to holding all criminals accountable—including those who wear a badge. We will use every tool at our disposal, including the RICO laws, to rid our communities of corruption.”

The following 13 defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act: Osvaldo Vazquez-Ruiz, 38; Orlando Sierra-Pereira, 37; Danny Nieves-Rivera, 35; Roberto Ortiz-Cintron, 35; Yovanny Crespo-Candelaria, 34; Jose Sanchez-Santiago, 32; Miguel Perez-Rivera, 35; Nadab Arroyo-Rosa, 33; Jose Flores-Villalongo, 52; Luis Suarez-Sanchez, 36; Eduardo Montañez-Perez, 29; Carlos Laureano-Cruz, 40; and Carlos Candelario-Santiago, 47. Three defendants, Ruben Casiano-Pietri, 36, Christian Valles-Collazo, 28, and Ricardo Rivera Rodriguez, 39, pleaded guilty to robbery and extortion charges. Several of the defendants also pleaded guilty to firearms charges in connection with the use of their police-issued firearms in furtherance of their crimes. At the time of their criminal conduct, Flores-Villalongo and Candelario-Santiago were sergeants with the Police of Puerto Rico (POPR), and the other defendants were police officers. Sentencing hearings are scheduled for December 2014.

According to court documents, over the course of the conspiracy, the officers worked together to conduct traffic stops and enter the homes of suspected criminals to steal money, property and drugs for their own personal enrichment. They planted evidence to make false arrests, and then extorted money from their victims in exchange for their release from custody. Additionally, in exchange for bribe payments, the officers gave false testimony, manipulated court records and failed to appear in court when required so that criminal cases would be wrongfully dismissed. The officers also sold and distributed wholesale quantities of narcotics.

As just a few examples of their criminal conduct, in April 2012, defendants Vazquez-Ruiz and Sierra-Pereira conducted a traffic stop in their capacity as police officers and stole approximately $22,000 they believed to be illegal drug proceeds. Vazquez-Ruiz later attempted to extort approximately $8,000 from an individual believed to be a drug dealer’s accomplice in exchange for promising to release a prisoner.

Further, in November 2012, defendants Sierra-Pereira, Nieves-Rivera, Ortiz-Cintron and Valles-Collazo illegally entered an apartment and stole approximately $30,000, which they believed were illegal lottery proceeds.

The defendants frequently shared with one another the proceeds they illegally obtained, and used their power, authority and official positions as police officers to promote and protect their illegal activity. Among other things, the defendants used POPR firearms, badges, patrol cars, tools, uniforms and other equipment to commit the crimes, and then concealed their illegal activity with fraudulently obtained court documents and falsified POPR paperwork that made it appear they were engaged in legitimate police work.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s San Juan Division, and prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Brian K. Kidd, Emily Rae Woods and Menaka Kalaskar of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mariana E. Bauzá of the District of Puerto Rico.

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Ferguson shooting: Why hasn’t the police officer been arrested?

The death of Michael Brown raises this question: Should there be a different legal standard when it comes to arresting a police officer vs. an ordinary civilian? Law professors are sharply divided on the answer

St. Louis grand jury convened in Michael Brown case

St. Louis grand jury convened in Michael Brown case

After an autopsy by Michael Brown’s family was made public Monday, family attorney Benjamin Crump quoted the bereaved mother as asking: “What else do they need to arrest the killer of my child?”

Just a day earlier, appearing on the talk show “Meet the Press,” Harvard Law School Prof. Charles Ogletree said that police officer Darren Wilson should be taken into custody as he shot a man and “no one knows why he did it.”

“I think the first thing that needs to happen: you need to arrest Officer Wilson,” Professor Ogletree said. “He shot and killed a man — shot him multiple times — and he’s walking free.”

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Should there be a different legal standard when it comes to arresting a police officer vs. an ordinary civilian?

Law professors are sharply divided on the answer, especially as it pertains to the shooting of Michael Brown and the available public information. The response to the question isn’t simply academic when protestors in Ferguson say they won’t go home until they see “justice” done. Might an arrest ease tensions?

While anyone can be arrested, US citizens usually can’t be kept in custody beyond 24 hours (depending on circumstances and state laws) unless they are charged with a crime.  For someone to be charged, there must be “probable cause” that a crime has been committed.

In this case, police and prosecutors must decide whether is there “probable cause” to suspect that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson unlawfully killed Mike Brown.

To find the answer, the St. Louis County prosecutor impaneled a grand jury and the F.B.I. deployed almost 50 agents – an unusually high number. When the grand jury completes its investigation, the local prosecutor will decide whether to charge Wilson for a crime, a step that could be as early as this week, Reuters reported.

Harvard Law Prof. Alan Dershowitz sides with the St. Louis County prosecutor – not his colleague Ogletree: “We should not arrest [Officer Darren Wilson] until there’s a substantial level of proof of criminality,” even if it appeared that the police acted improperly.

“Based on what I know, I would hold off,” says Professor Dershowitz. “The one thing I would insist on is that you never ever make an arrest because of crowd violence,” he says, alluding to the daily protests and rising political pressure.

Dershowitz compares the Michael Brown case to the 2012 Trayvon Martin incident – when a neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted of using deadly force against an unarmed black man – saying that the state should not have filed charges against defendant George Zimmerman.

“It was a terrible miscarriage of justice in that case,” he says. “[Mr.] Zimmerman was arrested and prosecuted because of mob violence,” suggesting that the same issue could be at play here.

But Dershowitz starts to waffle a bit as he considers the family’s privately contracted autopsy report. He says that law colleague Ogletree may be right in calling for an arrest since the autopsy showed no gunshot residue on Brown’s body. That suggests that Brown was at least two-feet away, undermining the officer’s arguments of acting in self-defense.

Dershowitz’s former student, American University Washington College of Law Prof. Angela Davis, pushes back against her onetime instructor as she asks why the police officer has not been arrested yet.

“There’s definitely probable cause to believe that he committed some form of criminal homicide,” says Professor Davis.

In this case, at least two witnesses say that Brown was standing in the street with his two hands in the air, and did not pose a danger to the officer or anyone else. In other words, probable cause for arresting Wilson for killing Brown.

It’s not uncommon for bystander accounts to be contradictory. “[Police] officers say some witnesses say you did it, others didn’t, but that’s enough so we’re going to arrest you – they arrest you and then you have the jury trial,” says Davis.

Given the eyewitness testimony, Davis suggests that the St. Louis police have not arrested Wilson because they either don’t believe the accounts of certain witnesses or are giving their colleagues preferential treatment.

“Police officers are rarely arrested and indicted for a crime,” she says. “They are never arrested right away,” Davis says, acknowledging that despite the greater legal latitude afforded to police officers, “they can’t use deadly force is in all circumstances.”

Even when someone commits murder in self-defense – the imminent fear or danger of bodily harm and death – the suspect is usually arrested first and then may be acquitted in a trial, she says.

“If the investigation reveals that [Brown] was standing in the street with his hands up not charging at anybody, not posing a danger to the officer or anyone else, that’s more than probable cause that he committed murder,” says Davis.

Davis and Dershowitz do agree on one thing: They’re skeptical that the impaneled St. Louis grand jury will reach an impartial decision.

“In theory, it sounds good. The problem is that the grand jury is totally controlled by the prosecutor,” she says, listing problems such as the panel’s private proceedings, no defense attorney present, and prosecutors don’t need to offer exculpatory evidence – or facts favorable to the defendant.

In this case, the St. Louis district attorney Bob McCullough has worked alongside Officer Wilson. Davis questions whether he can be impartial in the Brown case.

“[Mr. McCullough’s] father was killed in the line of duty” as a police officer, says Davis, adding, “he wanted to be a police officer himself until health issues intervened” and that he actively supports the local police benevolent association.

Davis also blasts Dershowitz’s remarks on the Trayvon Martin case, saying that comparing the two cases is like comparing apples and oranges.

“There are tremendous racial disparities in our criminal justice system and they have been well documented. Similar individuals in our criminal justice system are treated differently based on race. That racial bias was definitely an issue in the Zimmerman case and I believe that it’s an issue in this case.”

University of San Diego law school Prof. Lawrence Alexander calls it “irresponsible” for other academics to call for an arrest. “Those people don’t know the facts. You can’t just call someone to be arrested when you don’t have evidence that they committed a crime,” he says.

If Wilson is arrested, Professor Alexander weighs in on the possible criminal charges. Because the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt – a high legal standard – that Wilson is guilty, he will most likely not be charged with first or second-degree murder.

If anything, he would be charged with voluntary manslaughter or lesser offenses, says Alexander, but added that it was premature to say.

“All I’ve heard is conflicting evidence and the autopsies aren’t completed yet, says Alexander.  “It would be extraordinary to bring charges this early,” and arrest the officer.

Alexander notes that the local investigation could be compromised due to the district attorney’s long-time working relationship with the police, likening it to “prosecuting a member of your family.”

The professor also sounds surprised by the amount of resources and number of FBI agents assigned to the case.

“If you’ve got a complex racketeering or money laundering scheme, that’s when you might need a number of agents. But this is a simple street use of force and it doesn’t take a battalion of investigators,” Alexander says, adding, “I can’t imagine what they would be doing instead of stepping on each other.”

Prof. David Klinger of the University of Missouri-St. Louis also questions Ogletree’s call to arrest the officer.

“What does he know? Has he seen the case file? Is he privy to the investigation,” asks Professor Klinger, saying that unless Ogletree reviewed witness statements, ballistic forensics and the autopsy, he should not call for an arrest.

Klinger adds that such a demand “provides legitimacy to those in the mob… those who are looting, burning, throwing rocks and bottles at police, at reporters.”

He also cites the recent past of white lynch mobs hanging black men on trees to argue against immediately arresting the officer.

“I find it to be the height of irony that we have a mob mentality demanding that an individual be punished when we don’t even have the facts so far. Let’s allow the process – for which we fought the civil rights struggle – let it run evenly,” says Klinger.

Klinger described how police officers are permitted to shoot in two scenarios, in self-defense or for another person. The second scenario is to prevent a suspect who committed a violent felony from escaping, even if an officer only has probable cause on what happened.

The professor has conducted research on past police shootings and concluded that the “vast majority” are justified, adding that even in a questionable altercation, courts rarely prosecute police officers for using deadly force.

Before arresting the officer, Klinger reiterates that police officers have the same constitutional rights as anyone else.

But former St. Louis police chief Dan Isom, now a professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, agrees with Havard’s Ogletree that if Officer Wilson were a typical suspect in a homicide, based on known public evidence, he would have been arrested.

But his status as a police officer –  and not a civilian – explains why Wilson has not been taken into custody.

The key question, is “at what point in time… do you pivot from the police officer acting in the performance of his duty trying to apprehend the subject to the officer being the suspect and the person he shot, the victim,” Professor Isom asks.

Based on the evidence that has already been gathered and the fact that a grand jury was impaneled, a case could be made against the officer but that it’s not overwhelming, says Isom.

He pushes back against the suggestion that police officers should be treated differently than civilians when accused of homicide “Whenever an officer used force, we’d consider him a suspect and we’d arrest him immediately,” the former police chief says.

With President Barack Obama overseeing the racially charged federal investigation and the first black Attorney General visiting St. Louis Wednesday, this incident has raised anew questions about the role of race in the criminal justice system. Are police treated differently by the justice system when they kill a black man than when they kill a white man?

Davis adds: “I don’t agree with people who say “we want a murder conviction.” What you can say is that “we want this person to be treated like everyone else and that a police officer shouldn’t be treated differently.”

She concludes that Ferguson protestors “have a right to demand that the person be charged if everyone else in that situation would be charged. It’s about not giving this white police officer a break when they would not give any other private citizen – or black citizen – a break and this is why people are angry.”

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This Week’s Corrupt Cops Stories

Florida deputies get suspended in an excessive force investigation, a Miami sergeant gets popped for perverted play with a teen boy, and a couple of jail guards get caught doing what they always get caught doing. Let’s get to it:

In Ocala, Florida, five Marion County sheriff’s deputies were suspended without pay Monday while authorities investigate whether they used excessive force while arresting a suspect in a drug raid. The sheriff’s office said a videotape made during the raids showed officers using force “which appeared to be potentially excessive” in the arrest of Derrick Price. Price’s booking photos show a large bruise under his left eye. The deputies were part of a SWAT team, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team.

In Miami, a Miami-Dade police sergeant was arrested last Wednesday on charges he got a 15-year-old boy high on drugs and alcohol and then groped him and masturbated in front of him. Sgt. James Edwards III, a 27-year veteran of the force, allegedly gave the teen “honey whiskey,” marijuana, and ecstasy and took an ecstasy tablet himself, then turned on a porn video and started groping the kid. Edwards has reportedly confessed. He is charged with lewd and lascivious behavior and exhibition.

In Greer, South Carolina, a Spartanburg County jail guard was arrested last Wednesday after he got caught selling drugs to an undercover officer. Robert Bolick is accused of peddling suboxone sublingual films and alpazolam. Bolick allegedly said he sold the drugs to earn money. He is charged with three counts of possession of a Schedule IV drug with intent to distribute.

In Tucker, Arkansas, a state prison guard was arrested Saturday for allegedly bringing drugs and contraband into the prison. Xzraier Clark got caught with rolling papers, marijuana, and assorted pills stuffed down his underwear while trying to clear security at the prison. It’s not clear what the precise charges are.

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Why Use A Defense Investigator In A Criminal Case?

 

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The police can be of great service to prosecutors when it comes to finding witnesses to a crime and to following the evidence to a suspect. However sometimes the defense is going to realize that there seems to be key evidence missing or witnesses that have not come forward: the defense attorneys are going to find a basis for reasonable doubt.

However, in order to know that their assumptions about their client’s innocence are correct, they will need to conduct a criminal defense investigation. Lawyers do not investigate. There are vital witnesses that need to be found and interviewed, and various records that need to be obtained right away if you are going to fight your case. If you want to fight, you need one essential thing, a serious defense team consisting of a very skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer with experience in multi-codefendant drug conspiracy cases, and a criminal defense investigator that will be committed to finding people that will help your case, and that can perform background investigations on all involved government witness, and fight for your freedom

 

LAWYERS DO NOT INVESTIGATE!!!

A criminal defense investigator serves an important role in a criminal defense investigation. In this case, that role is to find witnesses and evidence that will establish reasonable doubt that will show the jury that there is reason to believe that the defendant is not actually responsible for committing the crime.

When a criminal defense attorney uses a criminal defense investigator in a criminal defense investigation, that defense investigator will take the time to understand the charges and the laws that relate to the crime. Once there’s an understanding of the case in question, the criminal defense investigator will go over the entire discovery that the defense team has received from the prosecutor.

During the course of the criminal defense investigation, the defense investigator will go through routine reports from the police, everyday paperwork as well as copies of evidence, photographs, phone messages, text messages. Wiretaps, videos, tape recordings and witness statements related to the case. The goal of this is to determine whether or not there are any inconsistencies from one witness to the next or between the conclusions drawn and the evidence.

In addition, during a criminal defense investigation, a defense investigator must re-visit the crime scene to see if there was anything that had been overlooked. Must take pictures, and videos from the defense perspective so the defense will have their own crime scene pictures and videos and not use the governments taken by the crime scene technician. He or she may also interview witnesses to see if their stories have changed or to verify that they do not have anything else that motivated their statements against the defendant.

Inconsistencies and ulterior motives that a criminal defense investigator discovers during the course of a criminal defense investigation may be able to be used as a part of the client’s defense. Similarly, if during the course of the criminal defense investigation a defense investigator discovers that there are other witnesses who had not come forward or evidence that was not considered previously, he or she can then look into these developments further.

In some cases, that may mean that a search is conducted to find these other witnesses. In other cases, it may mean conducting interviews or doing background searches. In others, there may be other parts of the criminal defense investigation that are assigned to a defense investigator tasks that he or she is uniquely qualified for and that will keep the defense team free to focus on the legal proceedings and other cases that they have.

During the course of a criminal defense investigation, a defense investigator can help to ensure that an innocent client will not be found guilty all without taking away from a defense attorney’s busy schedule. In other words, bringing a criminal defense investigator into your criminal case, defense attorneys are able to focus on the court system while the criminal defense investigator conducts the investigation.

Investigation is the key to every criminal case. The Detective Agency has investigated numerous criminal cases nationwide. Our office has been involved in the success of numerous cases. This success was not only because of experienced trial attorneys, but because of the thorough investigations that were provided by our office which enabled the attorneys to successfully defend their clients. You are innocent until proven guilty. You are entitled to a lawyer to represent you on all criminal charges whether you can afford one or not. However, even if you have a criminal defense attorney, a criminal defense investigator can be critical to the out come of your case. If you are going to fight your case and go to trial you need a complete investigation done on your case.

Paris London is a licensed Certified Criminal Defense Investigator. As devoted career criminal defense investigator, he has unwaveringly devoted his practice to the defense of state, and federal criminal cases and other federal matters since 1995. He have also investigated over 1000 criminal cases federal and state and have provided defense investigative services in all types of criminal cases through out the United States. He can be contacted at www.parislondonpi.com 877.202.8787 or on the internet at www.defenseinvestigators.com, or www.narcoticsinvestigators.com or www.homicideinvestigators.com .          

     He has offices throughout the Unites States.

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Former Deputy Sheriff Sentenced to Federal Prison for Soliciting Kickback

ATLANTA—Former Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Reginald Warren has been sentenced for demanding bribe payments from security officers he scheduled to work at the City of Atlanta’s public swimming pools.

“Mr. Warren’s conviction and sentence are a reflection of our commitment to make sure those who work within the law enforcement community respect and keep the public’s trust,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “This former deputy sheriff used his position and badge to extort kickbacks from workers contracted by the City of Atlanta to make the pools safe for its citizens and, consequently, betrayed the people he promised to help.”

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: “The FBI remains committed to identifying, investigating, and presenting for prosecution those law enforcement officers who would sell their badges for personal gain and today’s sentencing reflects that commitment. The FBI, in carrying out its public corruption mandate, asks that the public report such activity to their nearest FBI field office.”

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: During the summer of 2011, while Warren was employed as a deputy with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, he contracted with the City of Atlanta to coordinate and supervise security at the city’s public swimming pools. In that capacity, Warren hired a number of security officers and scheduled them to work various shifts at pools located throughout the city. Soon after the officers were hired, Warren demanded payments from at least three officers in exchange for continuing to schedule them for more work. Over a three-month period, Warren accepted thousands of dollars in kickbacks from the officers which he pocketed for himself.

Warren, 50, of Covington, Ga., was sentenced to one year, three months in federal prison, to be followed by supervised release for two years. He pleaded guilty on May 6, 2014.

 

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