May 2013 Archives

Alabama man gets lighter sentence for cooperating with feds

While most everyone in Alabama knows that drug charges are incredibly serious, many may not be aware that being hit with federal drug charges is even worse. Three men in Alabama who were accused of trafficking drugs in the state found this out the hard way, when they were hit with strict sentences in federal court recently. 

Federal judge jails anarchist indefinitely for refusal to testify

A federal grand jury is believed to be in the midst of investigating the March 2008 bombing of an armed forces recruiting station in Times Square. The explosion in that case was small, and no one was injured, although the storefront recruiting station was damaged. According to police, the explosive device was an ammunition box stuffed with low-grade explosives, and a surveillance camera caught the image of a man getting off his bicycle, walking around near the station, and then getting back on his bike and riding away.

Alleged 'bulldozer rampage' brings deadly-weapon burglary charges

Did you know that a criminal charge exists called burglary with a deadly weapon? It's true -- here in Alabama, the offense is just part of our statute against burglary. Essentially, burglary is defined as unlawfully entering a building with the intent to commit a felony, and Alabama, like many states, ups the ante if the person is "armed with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument."

FBI wants to eavesdrop on Skype for evidence of federal crimes

Back when everyone got their phone service over physical phone lines, federal law enforcement had it easy. They essentially have "turnkey" access to phone company records, and there are no real barriers to getting a federal wiretapping warrant for a phone line. Increasingly, however, agents have been thwarted in their relentless quest for evidence of federal crimes by a simple change in technology. With cellphones, Internet chat and VoIP, the targets of federal investigations don't have to use traditional phone companies to discuss alleged crimes.

17-year-old Birmingham man charged with murder after March shooting

In March, a 15-year-old Birmingham teenager was killed in Railroad Park. Just recently, police arrested a 17-year-old man for his alleged involvement in the shooting and charged him with murder. Police aren't saying specifically what led them to the 17-year-old man. However, they did note that the teenager was arrested peacefully at his place of employment around 5:15 p.m.

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