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  • Fresno Jury Finds Eddie Ricky Nealy Guilty Of 1985 Rape And Murder Of Teen

    After a three week trial and following seven hours of deliberation,a Fresno jury has convicted Eddie Ricky Nealy of raping and murdering 14-year-old Lynn Wolfe in 1985. 16 jurors were selected to hear evidence in the case, with four being excused when the final jury was selected ...

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  • HBLC Law Answers: Did Police Officer Overstep His Authority By Pulling Us Over Without Cause?

    Law Question:My boyfriend was pulled over by police. When he asked why he was stopped, the officer did not tell him. Also in the car were me, and a friend in the back seat who is on probation and had drug paraphernalia on him (meth pipe). Our friend was allowed to leave, but my b...

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  • Fresno Man Pleads Guilty To Possession of Pipe Bomb

    AFresno man recently pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered firearm, a pipe bomb, in violation of the National Firearms Act. In the plea agreement, Jon Smilanick, 36, of Fresno, admitted to creating the pipe bomb, which he referred to as firecrackers, and that he made a tot...

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  • HBLC Law Answers: What Is The Legal Intoxication Level For Meth (Methamphetamine)?

    Welcome to the first post of HBLC Law Answers, a new FAQ series that will appear once each week here onHammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporations (HBLC) CaCriminalDefenseBlog.com. Our attorneys are often confronted with questions from citizens pertaining to a variety of topics invo...

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  • SCOTUS: Suspects’ Constitutional Right To Remain Silent No Longer Valid Unless Expressly Invoked

    In a decision that strikes a blow to the constitutional rights of all U.S. citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled 5-4 thatsuspects during pre-custodial questioning must expressly invoke their Fifth Amendment right to remain silentin order to actually benefit from it. In ...

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  • Three California Women Indicted In $60 Million Federal Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

    A federal grand jury recentlyindicted three California women on charges relating to a $60 million federal tax refund fraud scheme. Teresa Marie Marty, Rebecca Bandera-Marty, and Pamela Harris, each from El Dorado County, were charged with conspiring to defraud the United States, ...

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  • O.J. Simpson In Las Vegas Court To Seek New Trial

    A year ago this month, former football star and actorO.J. Simpson filed a habeas petitionalleging that his 2008 conviction on charges of kidnapping and robbery was the result of ineffective assistance of counsel. TodaySimpson, 65, appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom to get his conv...

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  • Marijuana Store Owner In California Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking And Tax Evasion

    Aman from San Clemente, California recently pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and tax evasioncharges. John Melvin Walker, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute over a ton of marijuana, maintaining drug-involved premises, and one count of evading tax...

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  • California Business Owner Sentenced For Excise Tax Fraud

    The owner of a tobacco distributing company inSan Diego, California was recently sentenced to four years in federal prison for excise tax fraud. Salam Kalasho, 43 of El Cajon, had pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme to defraud the State of California of more than $8.5 milli...

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  • Supreme Court: Police Dog’s Alert Establishes Sufficient Probable Cause For Search

    The Supreme Court recently ruled unanimously that atrained police dogs alert gives an officer sufficient probable cause to conduct a searchof a suspects vehicle during a lawful stop. The case (Florida v. Harris) involved a Florida man whose car was searched by a police officer af...

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