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March 2014 Archives

Connecticut man may not be deported after felony removed

A Connecticut man originally from Ecuador may be able to remain in the United States after a felony conviction was removed from his record. The man is a 14-year resident of the United States. He is in the country legally and has a 6-year-old son who also lives in the United States.

Judge says no bail for accused shoplifting millionaire

Residents in Connecticut don't often associate shoplifting with flight risk. But, prosecutors in another state have deemed a suspect to have good reason and the means to flee theft charges unless he is detained without bond. Defense counsel refuted the flight risk assertion because his client has strong ties to the community after a 17-year residence. It is also reported that he has no passport.

Who can consent to a police search of private property?

In the world of criminal law, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is of paramount importance. This legal provision affords property owners protection against unlawful searches and requires police to obtain a search warrant if consent to a search isn't offered. When police fail to heed this legal foundation, any evidence collected from an illegal search could be thrown out when defending against criminal charges during trial.

Reprieve for Connecticut juvenile offenders supported by public

The General Assembly is working on legislation to change the future for many juveniles who are convicted of serious felonies. It is based on two particular U.S. Supreme Court decisions. In 2010, life sentence without parole for a juvenile convicted of felony charges was ruled unconstitutional on a non-homicide conviction. A 2012 case included the same finding involving a homicide by a juvenile.

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