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Professional wrestler “Gangsta of Love” sentenced to 32 years for failure to tell sex partners he had HIV

Andre Davis, AKA “Gangsta of Love”, 29, was convicted by an Ohio jury in November of 14 felonious assault charges for his failure to inform 11 sexual partners that he had HIV before engaging in sexual intercourse with them.

On Monday, a judge sentenced him to 32 years in prison.  As of now, none of the persons who had sex with the “Gangsta of Love” have been infected with HIV or AIDS.

Ohio law requires persons with HIV to inform any sexual partners that they have the virus.


Lindsay Lohan surrendered to serve 30 days and was released in only 4 1/2 hours

On Sunday night, Lindsay Lohan surrendered to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California to begin serving her 30 day jail sentence.  The sentence was handed down by the Judge on November 2nd after she plead guilty to violating the terms of her probation.

Lohan surrendered to jail at 8:48pm on Sunday, November 6th.

By 1:30am on Monday, November 7th, she was back on the street due to jail overcrowding.

4 1/2 hours satisfied her 30 day requirement.




Two men sentenced to probation in theft of Apple’s lost iPhone 4 prototype

It all started back in March of 2010 when Robert Gray Powell, an Apple engineer, was celebrating his 27th birthday at Gourmet Haus Staudt, a German beer garden in Redwood City, California.  The beer garden was located approximately 30 minutes away from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.  Powell apparently had an iPhone 4 prototype in his possession for testing and accidentally left it at the beer garden.

Brian Hogan, (pictured) found the iPhone 4 prototype at the beer garden and took it home.  He then contacted his friend, Sage Wallower who helped Hogan try to sell the phone to different tech blog sites.  Both were formally charged with misdemeanor theft in August of 2011.

Today both Hogan and Wallower plead no contest to theft of lost property and each were sentenced to one year of probation, 40 hours of community service and $250 in restitution to Apple.  The district attorney had asked for jail time for the pair.  The presiding  judge opted for a lesser punishment in part because Wallower had served in the United States Navy and Hogan was taking classes at San Jose State.  Both defendants did not have any prior criminal records.


Amanda Knox appellate verdict coming soon

Did she or didn’t she?  That is the question an Italian Court of Appeals in Perugia, Italy must soon decide.

The appellate process is almost finished.

Amanda Knox was convicted and sentenced in December of 2009 to 26 years in an Italian prison for the murder of her college roomate, Meredith Kercher.  Kercher was found with her throat slit in what was described as a very gory crime scene back on November 1, 2007.  Since that time her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and another man have also been found guilty in the murder.

The appeal included testimony from two Sapienza University forensic experts who were independently appointed by the court.  The expert’s reports and testimony concluded that the DNA testing, largely used to convict Knox, was completely flawed and unreliable.

It is likely that Knox will address the appellate court later this week to declare her innocence.

In Italy, the appellate court may decide on a wholly different sentence depending on their determination of the evidence.  Prosecutors have asked for Knox to receive a sentence of life in prison with 6 months in solitary confinement.  The defense has asked for an acquittal.


Criminal Law Update

Casey Anthony reports to probation

Casey Anthony reported to probation on Wednesday in Orlando, Florida and began her 1 year term of probation for her check fraud case.  A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections said that Anthony was cooperative and polite and met with her new probation officer for over an hour.  The spokesperson said that Anthony told her probation officer that she intended to do well on probation and that she pledged to satisfy her conditions of her probation.  Due to numerous death threats to Anthony, the Department of Corrections said they would not reveal her location or the county where Anthony will serve the probation.


Couple in pet python case sentenced

Charles Darnell, 34, and live in girlfriend, Jaren Hare, 21, were sentenced to 12 years in state prison on manslaughter and child neglect charges.  They were found guilty in July by a Jury in Orlando, Florida, for failing to protect Hare’s daughter from their 12 foot long albino Burmese Python.  The snake had not been properly secured in its cage and was able to escape.  It entered the child’s room and wrapped around the child ultimately strangling her to death.

The couple’s lawyers blamed the not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony trial for the guilty verdict in their clients case.  Darnell’s attorney said, “I don’t think after watching one Central Florida accused child killer walk free … that they wanted that to happen to anyone else accused [in a child killing] whether they fully believed the case was proven to them beyond a reasonable doubt or not.”

The couple will serve their 12 year sentence followed by 5 years of probation.

Our original blog post on this case can be seen here.


Strauss-Kahn has his French passport back

Dominique Strauss-Kahn had dinner in New York Thursday night and is planning a visit to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. early next week.  Strauss-Kahn wants to personally say goodbye to his staff at the IMF.

He will then return to his home in France for the first time since May.


American hikers sentenced to 8 years in prison for espionage and illegally entering Iran

Two American hikers, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, both 28, have been sentenced to 8 years in prison by the Irani Revolutionary Court.  Specifically, they were sentenced to 5 years for espionage (cooperating with the American intelligence service) and three years for illegal entry into Iran.

The two, along with Sara Shourd, were arrested over two years ago while hiking in the scenic mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan.  Shourd was released due to health reasons in September of 2010.  She posted a $500,000 bond and has never returned to the Iran court.  All three are University of California Berkeley graduates.

The hiker’s attorney, Masoud Shafiee, said he had hoped the men would be freed as a goodwill gesture during the Islamic holy Month of Ramadan.  Shafiee went on to say, “”I believe that they are innocent of the charges.”

Fattal and Bauer have 20 days to appeal their sentence.


Man sentenced to 1 year in prison for fondling woman on Continental flight

Man sentenced to 1 year in prison for fondling a sleeping passenger on a Continental Airlines flight

Ramesh Advani, 65, was sentenced to a year in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine in the U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey on Monday.

Advani was arrested in May of 2010 and plead guilty to a charge of Abusive Sexual Conduct in April of 2011.  He he was caught fondling a sleeping woman on a flight from Hong Kong to New Jersey.  He admitted to reaching under a blanket that was covering the woman seated next to him and sexually abusing her.  Two passengers, seated in the row behind the woman, also witnessed the assault and kicked the woman’s chair to wake her.  The woman alerted the flight’s crew members and Advani was arrested when the plane landed in Newark.

The case was prosecuted as a Federal crime because the incident occurred over international waters.


Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs sentenced to life in prison for sexual assaults on young girls

By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides in what his church deemed “spiritual marriages.”

The 55-year-old head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stood quietly as the decision of the Texas jury was read today, the Associated Press reports.

Jeffs is the eighth FLDS man convicted since a raid of a ranch run by the church, which believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven.

Jeffs was convicted last week. During the trial, prosecutors used DNA evidence to show Jeffs fathered a child with a 15-year-old and played an audio recording of what they said was him sexually assaulting a 12-year-old.

“If the world knew what I was doing, they would hang me from the highest tree,” Jeffs wrote in 2005, according to one of thousands of pages of notes seized along with the audio recordings from his Texas ranch.

Jeffs, who had been a fugitive for years before his capture in 2006, has more than 10,000 followers who consider Jeffs to be God’s spokesman on Earth.

FBI agent John Broadway testified that fathers who gave their young daughters to Jeffs were rewarded with young brides of their own. Girls who proved reluctant to have sex with Jeffs were sent away, according to excerpts from Jeffs’ journals that prosecutors showed to the jury.

Jeffs claimed that his religious rights were being violated, a view that the prosecution quickly dismissed.

“The evidence in this case shows that this isn’t a prosecution of a people,” prosecutor Eric Nichols said in his closing argument. “This is a prosecution to protect people.”

The full USA Today article may be seen here.


Casey Anthony ordered to serve probation in check fraud case

Orlando Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland has signed an amended court document ordering Casey Anthony to serve one year of supervised probation on her check fraud case number 2008-CF-013331-A-O.  Under the order, Casey Anthony must report to Orange County within 72 hours.

On January 25, 2010, Anthony was sentenced on 13 counts of fraud while she was in jail pending her trial for the murder of her daughter, Caylee Anthony.  At that time, the sentence was 412 days in jail with credit for time served of 412 days, 1 year probation and court costs.  The original document sentencing Anthony back in Jan did not have the important words, “upon release” after the imposed requirement of 1 year of probation.

The new order by Judge Strickland, imposes 1 year of probation, $20 per month in cost of supervision and $348 in court costs.  Additionally, Anthony may not leave Orange County Florida without the permission of her probation officer.

The order can be seen here: Casey Anthony – Order


Casey Anthony Sentenced

Casey Anthony was sentenced this morning to 4 years in the county jail for her conviction on four counts of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer. The Judge, Belvin Perry, gave her the maximum possible time in jail allowed under the law by handing down the 4 one-year terms in jail to be served consecutively. She will also receive over 3 years of credit for time served as well as gain time from the jail for good behavior. Some early estimates indicate that she could be released later this month or sometime in early August.

Update: Casey Anthony will be released on Sunday, July 17th due to credit for time already served and gain time for good behavior. It will be her 1,007th day in jail.