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August 11, 2008

Scientist Believed to be Responsible for Anthrax Terror was Tracked via DNA

Bruce Ivins, the biological weapons scientist who committed suicide last week amidst investigation relating to the 2001 anthrax terrorism, was apparently tracked by the FBI through DNA evidence. According to the Associated Press, the FBI used advanced DNA fingerprinting techniques on samples of the anthrax which was mailed to the victims in 2001, as well as DNA of the victims themselves; five people were killed after opening mail containing anthrax powder. Former Democratic leader of the Senate, Tom Daschle, was one of the intended targets of the deadly letters; fortunately, the letter was...

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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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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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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 11, 2008

Philadelphia to Begin Enforcing Law Requiring the Reporting of Lost Firearms

Mayor Nutter and City Counsel plan to announce that enforcement of a controversial gun law will begin in early August of 2008. The law, which requires gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms within 24-hours of discovering their disappearance, was one of a bundle of five laws signed by Mayor Nutter in April. Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan struck down two of the laws, citing them as unconstitutional, however ruled that groups such as the NRA, local gun-owners, and other plaintiffs, had no standing to challenge the remaining three, which included the requirement to...

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