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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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August 1, 2008

New Jersey Lawmaker Resigns amid Child Pornography Investigation

New Jersey Assemblyman Neil Cohen resigned from his position on Monday, following allegations of suspected child pornography found on his computer. Colleagues of Cohen’s, who use the same legislative district office, alerted law enforcement officials last week of the alleged images found on Cohen’s computer. According to State Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, the investigation of Cohen began when a staffer in the Union office found a printed-out photo of a nude female, suspected to be in her early teens or...

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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 30, 2008

United States Court of Appeals Upholds Ruling that Child Online Protection Act is Unconstitutional

On July 22, 2008, the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s ruling in ACLU v. MuKasey, striking-down the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) which was passed in 1998; finding that the act is unconstitutional. The case, decided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will now likely be appealed to the United States Supreme Court. COPA, which was passed nearly a decade ago, has been the topic of constant legal battles; an almost immediate injunction following the Act’s passage has not allowed the law to ever take effect. The Child Online Protection Act was passed three...

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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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