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New York Attack Leads to Federal Terrorist Offense

Uzbekistan immigrant, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, from New Jersey, was charged with a terrorist offense after investigators uncovered evidence that he supplied material support to ISIS. Saipov was charged on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in a civilian courtroom instead of a military system setup which is standard for foreign terrorists. He went before Magistrate Judge Barbara C. Moses for the court proceeding. Although the court provided a Russian interpreter Saipov communicated with Judge Moses in English as she read the charges against him: “one count of providing material support to terrorists and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle causing death.” In New York City...

Two District Attorneys Call for Transparency in Parole Decisions

Two district attorneys work together to ensure that prosecutors of Savannah, GA, are given all the information necessary before making parole decisions on prison inmates. Chief Deputy District Attorney Greg McConnell is no stranger to the prisoner-release process. Over the years he has encountered numerous cases involving dangerous criminals set to be released from prison, due to the prosecutor’s ignorance of decision-altering information. In one case, McConnell prevented a convicted killer who had a disciplinary record running 663 pages from being released. Apparently, the prosecutors were unaware of the man’s history, having never seen the records prior to McConnell’s mention. In another case McConnell found that...

Louisiana Representatives Work to make Domestic Violence Laws Equal for All

Louisiana representatives hope to change domestic violence laws to include same-sex couples and “dating-partners.” Despite evidence of men and women being murdered by their same-sex significant others, LGBT couples are not protected under Louisiana domestic abuse laws. Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, hopes to change this legislative session. Louisiana’s existing laws maintain harsher penalties to offenders of domestic abuse than of simple battery and aggravated assault. A repeat offender of domestic abuse is increased to a felony charge after their second misdemeanor. Because same-sex couples are not included in this law, the punishment is not as severe and the victims do not receive the same assistance...

When the Social Service System Fails our Children

When we think of some of the most vulnerable members of our society, more often than not children come first. They are completely reliant on their caregivers to provide them with food, shelter, safety, and love. This is why we abhor the abuse of children. To harm a child, one who has no choice but to trust the one responsible for them, is a despicable crime. We do what we can to prevent the abuse and neglect of children, and more so to save children when they are found in those conditions. However, sometimes there are cracks in the system, and some children fall...

The First Civil Action of its kind through the Texas 2009...

The mother of an alleged sex trafficking victim seeks $1 million in compensation in a Texas civil lawsuit—the first civil action of its kind through the Texas human trafficking statute. Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Representative Senfronia Thompson, and Representative Rafael Anchia drafted House Bill 533, to end human trafficking in Texas in 2009. The bill was unanimously passed by the 81st Legislature. If a business or individual contributed to a sex trafficking crime, but was not prosecuted, the bill allows sex trafficking victims and family members of victims to have the opportunity to bring a cause of action against those involved. Most recently, the $1 million...