Category Archives: Crime

Jennifer Lawrence’s hacker gets 8 months in prison

The man who hacked Jennier Lawrence, a Connecticut man who also hacked into more than 200 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and other people has been sentenced to eight months in prison. George Garofano was sentenced on Wednesday in federal court in Bridgeport. After prison, he must serve three years of supervised release and perform 60 hours of community service. The North Branford man was one of four men arrested in the 2014 hacking scandal that led to private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others being made public. Authorities say the hackers used a phishing scheme that sent emails appearing to be from Apple security accounts that asked for usernames and passwords. Garofano pleaded guilty in April and asked for leniency, saying he faces a lifetime loss of rights because...
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Three accusers confront Bill Cosby in court

Three accusers confronted comedian Bill Cosby in court yesterday - with one calling him a "serial rapist" and another asking him through her tears: "You remember, don't you, Mr Cosby?" The women's charged rhetoric prompted several mistrial requests from Cosby's lawyers - which were denied - as prosecutors built their case that Cosby was one of Hollywood's biggest predators long before he met Andrea Constand, the chief accuser in his sexual assault retrial. Now well into middle age, the accusers spoke of entering Cosby's orbit as starstruck young women seeking career help or, in the case of a casino bartender from Reno, Nevada, simply looking for a fun time. All of them testified they ended up unconscious from the pills or alcohol he gave them, unable to say no or resist as he...
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Woman jailed for killing her boyfriend in YouTube prank

A woman in the US has been jailed for killing her boyfriend in a stunt gone wrong which they hoped would go viral on the video sharing site, YouTube. The BBC are reporting how Monalisa Perez, now 20, was asked by Pedro Ruiz, 22, to fire a gun from 30cm away, believing a thick book he held in front of his chest would shield him. The bullet pierced the 1.5in book and fatally wounded Ruiz. Minnesota Judge Jeffrey Remick set out the terms agreed under plea bargaining on Wednesday. Perez will: Serve a 180-day jail term. This will be an alternating 10 days in jail and 10 days out for the first six months, amounting to 90 days behind bars. The remaining 90 days can be served in home confinement. The jail time can...
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Nine men appear in court in connection with Tallaght incidents

Nine men have appeared in court charged in connection with two burglaries at two shops in Dublin on Friday night. A Lidl supermarket was looted and bulldozed with a digger, while a Centra shop was also broken into. Nine men were brought by gardaí to the Courts of Criminal Justice yesterday morning following the series of incident in west Dublin. The Lidl supermarket on Fortunestown Lane was raided and looted, with the safe removed and found partially open outside. The supermarket was then bulldozed with a stolen digger and the structure collapsed. The Centra store in Jobstown was also broken into after a con saw was used to cut a hole in the front. Civil defence, army trucks and snowploughs had to be utilised to bring Garda reinforcements to the scenes.   Source : RTE...
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Ethical Pitfalls for Lawyers to Avoid in Personal Injury Cases

Ethical Pitfalls

Lawyers representing clients in personal injury claims face numerous ethical pitfalls every time they look for, evaluate, accept and handle a new case. Nonetheless, honesty, common sense and a solid understanding of the Rules of Professional Conduct should protect most of us from making mistakes.

Your practice type typically dictates how you find your cases. In my practice, almost all of my cases come from referrals from other lawyers, prior clients and current clients. For other firms, advertising is responsible for the bulk of new business. Common forms of advertising include television, firm websites, social media, radio, billboards and print media. Advertising often provides great exposure to potential clients. The Rules of Professional Conduct, of course, permit advertising via Rule...

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GP suspended for ‘whiplash scam’

Personal Injury Bogus ClaimsA DOCTOR who provided a ‘bogus’ medical report so a relative could make a false whiplash claim was suspended for six months after a tribunal heard his wife put him up to the scam. Dr Anthony Kaufman has produced more than 10,000 reports for use in personal injury claims and provided his services for Chester-based Countrywide Doctors’ Services Ltd, formed by wife Pauline in 2011. Mrs Kaufman persuaded her daughter's fiancé, Max Turbett, to make a claim following a car crash, in which he sustained minor injuries, the tribunal heard. The former Royal Marine was never examined, but the doctor ‘fabricated’ injuries and ongoing effects of the accident before sending the form to Hampson Hughes solicitors. The scam was exposed when Mr Turbett...
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Gangs are behind NI ‘prescriptions’ trade

A new Westminster report into ‘legal highs’ and the misuse of prescription drugs claims organised criminals are running the trade in Northern Ireland to a greater extent than in Britain and that the rate of new psychoactive drugs use in Ireland is the highest in Europe.

‘Drugs: new psychoactive substances and prescription drugs,’ which has been newly-printed by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, followed a November briefing by top Hertfordshire police officer, Andy Bliss, who is the Lead on Drugs at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). According to the report the involvement of organised crime gangs in prescription drugs peddling is an issue in Northern Ireland but not in Britain. via Gangs are behind NI ‘prescriptions’ trade - Londonderry Sentinel....
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When Social Media and Stalking Intersect

The ease with which ordinary people can put and pull information on and from the internet has allowed certain cyber crimes to flourish. Cyber crimes are those illegal activities that happen online, on the web. One of these is spamming. Although our laws consider it illegal, it’s mostly an irritant, causing wasted hours to address, say in your email inbox. Another cyber crime that can have ruinous consequences is hacking, which can lead to identity theft and economic losses if your personally identifiable information has been compromised. There’s also the distribution of malware, viruses that can destroy sensitive computer systems around the world in the blink of an eye. Although tracking these crimes can become tedious, they leave electronic trails behind that can be followed by the...
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