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Update: Massachusetts crime lab evidence scandal

16 June, 2014by jmarshall

A few weeks back we posted about the crime lab in Massachusetts where staff were accused of tampering with over 50,000 samples of substances found on drug charge  suspects and arrestees. That number has been increased to approximately 64,000, and the Public Health Commissioner has resigned. In the wake of the growing investigation into the testing system as well as the specific lab, located in a neighborhood of Boston, In his statement he said that the situation at the lab was "unacceptable," and recognized that there could be a large... Read More»

Teens face drug and alcohol charges

16 June, 2014by jmarshall

Three teens are facing alcohol and drug charges after a traffic stop earlier this month. The driver of the vehicle, a 17-year-old male, was stopped for speeding and failure to signal a turn. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and underage drinking. His two passengers, also juvenile, were also arrested. One passenger, another 17-year-old male, was charged with marijuana possession and underage drinking. A 16-year-old male passenger was charged with underage drinking. These are very serious charges for juveniles to face, as the... Read More»

Crime lab mishandles evidence — over 50,000 drug samples

16 June, 2014by jmarshall

A Massachusetts crime lab has been shut down after an investigation revealed a chemist there had not been following proper testing protocols. The records of over 50,000 drug samples have been turned over to public defenders and prosecutors, who will examine the results and decide whether or not evidence was mishandled. The lab is responsible for testing substances found on arrested persons. False positives could result in convictions and imprisonment for drug charges, changing the lives of the arrested person forever. The records of this chemist from 2003 to 2012... Read More»

High school head resigns over claims of sexual harassment

16 June, 2014by jmarshall

Any lawsuit can have a dramatic impact on one's reputation. A head of a Catholic high school in Vineland recently learned the profound damage that can be caused by allegations of sexual harassment and sex crimes. The superintendent has recently stepped down from his position after having two separate lawsuits levied against him. While he denies the claims, he determined that he would not be able to continue to effectively serve as superintendent in the face of the allegations. The claimants are two former female employees claiming sexual harassment, inappropriate... Read More»

New Jersey man charged with luring teen

16 June, 2014by jmarshall

All criminal allegations can have serious consequences for the accused. With their salacious nature, allegations of sex crimes can have an even greater impact on an individual's personal and professional life and reputation. A New Jersey man has been charged with luring a 15-year-old boy for sex. He allegedly persuaded the boy to visit him in his apartment overnight by promising to take the boy to an amusement park. The criminal complaint indicates that the man allegedly fondled the boy who left after objecting. The man has also been charged... Read More»

New Jersey emergency room tech charged with sex crimes

16 June, 2014by jmarshall

Members of a hospital staff daily go to great lengths to ensure the best care for their patients, many of whom are seriously ill and injured. Because of the personal nature of the care, staff may often be left alone with a patient. This can lead to a difficulty in defense when allegations of impropriety or sex crimes are lodged. A New Jersey emergency room tech in New Brunswick has been charged with sex crimes in two separate cases. The first occurred in June, when the 30-year-old tech allegedly had... Read More»

More alleged clients identified in fitness studio prostitution case

16 June, 2014by jmarshall

New Jersey residents may have been shocked to learn about the prostitution scandal based in a Maine Zumba gym last month. Sex Crimes, including prostitution, can carry severe legal penalties for the accused. The Maine prostitution scandal is said to have generated over $150,000 over 18 months for a fitness instructor and her business partner. The instructor has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts, which include prostitution and invasion of privacy. Her business partner is facing 59 misdemeanor counts to which he has pleaded not guilty. Reportedly, the list of... Read More»

Man posing as utility worker wanted for Evansham Township theft

16 June, 2014by jmarshall

Theft charges can be brought against anyone accused of taking the property of others without their permission. When few witnesses are available, the person sought may only have a vague description. This may lead to innocent people being charged, requiring a strong criminal defense to prove their innocence. An elderly Evansham Township woman had jewelry and cash stolen from her home last week. According to police, a man had come to her home and identified himself as a water utility company employee to gain entry. After hearing him in her... Read More»

Man convicted in home arcade rape case

16 June, 2014by jmarshall

New Jersey residents may have recently been alarmed by a story out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A man was convicted of sex crimes against his employees. The 35-year-old was convicted of sexual assault against five teen girls he employed. The man ran an arcade out of the home that he shared with his mother. He was convicted on 19 counts, including rape and other sexual contact with the 15- and 16-year-old girls he employed. The prosecution's assertion that the man used alcohol to take advantage of the girls was countered by... Read More»

New Jersey Good Samaritan bill vetoed by governor

16 June, 2014by jmarshall

When an overdose occurs, those who are present make the choice to either save the person with a call to the paramedics or save themselves by leaving the scene. New Jersey state legislators did not want this to be a choice anyone had to face. Drug charges carry serious consequences with tough sentencing guidelines in the state. Unfortunately, this has caused many individuals to leave a friend who has overdosed rather than help. The recent Good Samaritan Overdose Response Act sought to address this issue by protecting people who witnessed... Read More»