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Man faced 15 years in prison for recording police officer

An Illinois man faces a felony and up to 15 years in prison for recording a traffic stop using his cell phone. Illinois has one of the most restrictive eavesdropping laws in the country. Someone recording audio must have the permission of everyone being recorded. “I’m in a private car…

Man robs bank so he can go to jail and get health care

Often, crimes are borne of desperation. However, most robberies aren’t motivated by a desperate need for health care. James Richard Verone, of Georgia, attempted to steal one dollar from a bank so that he would be arrested, taken to jail and — most importantly — provided with health care, the…

NYPD officers cleared of rape and burglary charges

After seven days of deliberation, a jury acquitted two New York City police officers of felony charges of rape, burglary and falsifying business records for the alleged assault on a drunken 27-year-old woman they helped escort home. Although cleared of the felony charges, the Courthouse News Service reported that the two…

Iowa lawmakers push for ban on undercover filming of animal farms

Under legislation being pushed through the Iowa Legislature, those who conduct undercover investigations into animal care would risk misdemeanor or felony charges, heavy fines and jail time. The Winona Daily News reported that lawmakers in Iowa are on the verge of passing the legislation, which would ban the covert filming…

Senate bill makes illegal Internet streaming a felony

Those who illegally stream live video or audio over the Internet could face up to five years in prison under legislation recently introduced to the U.S. Senate. Ars Technica reported that Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Christopher Coons (D-DE) proposed a bill last week that would make…

Washington woman fined $500 over acid attack claim

VANCOUVER, Washington (Reuters) – A woman who claimed a stranger doused her with acid, only to later admit she injured herself was sentenced on Friday to pay a $500 fine and seek mental health treatment after pleading guilty to making a false statement to authorities. Bethany Storro, 28, was also…

White House calls on Congress to make ‘illegal streaming’ a felony

A white paper recently published by the White House’s Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator urged Congress to make “illegal streaming” of content a felony and allow law enforcement to wiretap those suspected of being involved in copyright infringement. Under current law, copyright infringement already carries felony penalties,…

Teen in U.S. charged in death of family hamster

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – A U.S. teenager has been charged with a felony, and could face a two-year prison sentence if convicted, for killing her family’s pet hamster, authorities said. Monique Smith, 19, of Brooklyn was arguing with a family member in June when she reached for the hamster,…

Exclusive: If we don’t fight, TSA-like security coming to ‘sidewalks,’ ‘football games,’ Texas Rep. warns

The lawmaker behind a bill Texas that would levy felony charges against overly-touchy security personnel may be staunchly Republican, but he truly believes his cause isn’t one tied to the political left or right. “We’re talking about what would be a criminal act in any other place,” Rep. David Simpson…

Police arrest 33 people at Long Island cockfight

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York man and woman were being arraigned on Sunday on felony animal fighting charges following a weekend raid of a cockfight that resulted in the arrest of 33 people, authorities said. In part of an ongoing investigation, police broke up the cockfight in the…

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