East side murderer loses appeal

Published: 09/23/2014

A man found guilty of murder recently lost his appeal when the 10th District Court of Appeals ruled that the evidence against him properly supported his convictions.

The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas found Derrick Peeples guilty of the shooting death of Jerome Crockett in the early morning hours of Aug. 25, 2012.

Crockett died just outside of Klub 57 on Beechwood Road in Columbus, where he was shot while walking to the car with Tina and Carla Taylor, Carol Obey and Demitra Conde.

Legislation would make sex between students, any school employee illegal

Published: 09/23/2014

Rep. Christina Hagan has said taxpayers deserve peace of mind when thinking about the safety of sending their children to school.

“I want to ensure that disturbing actions are not deemed acceptable in our classrooms,” she said.

Hagan, R-Alliance, is sponsoring a bill that would close a “glaring loophole” in state law that allows employees in public and nonpublic districts, who are not teachers or administrators, to engage in sexual conduct with a minor student without facing criminal charges.

Court rules man can't appeal sentence enhancement after plea agreement

Published: 09/23/2014

A panel of judges for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected a man’s challenge of a lower court’s finding that he was a career offender.

Nathaniel Grundy appealed his sentence from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and argued that he was unfairly subjected to a career offender sentencing enhancement.

The government responded by pointing out that an appellate waiver in Grundy’s plea agreement precluded review of that issue on appeal.

With an iPad in hand, law offices can be virtually anywhere these days

Published: 09/23/2014

Virtual lawyers may sound like something from a science fiction novel but the concept is very real and growing in popularity.

Since the advent of websites like LegalZoom, online legal advice is readily available and easy to understand.

Rocket Lawyer and NoLo are also growing enterprises providing legal help for the layperson at the click of a mouse.

As a result, attorneys have had to invent new ways to keep up with client needs. Some law firms do it better than others.

Court rejects juror dispute claim from convicted rapist

Published: 09/23/2014

In the Ninth District Court of Appeals, a panel of three judges recently ruled that the Summit County Court of Common Pleas properly included several potential jurors in a rape trial despite the defendant’s claims that they could not be fair and impartial.

The case began with the indictment of Kevin Swift last year on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition and domestic violence stemming from an incident involving his ex-girlfriend.

Concerns rise about police scanning license plates

Published: 09/23/2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police across the country are increasingly monitoring car licenses plates, compiling giant databases of ordinary citizens and their daily comings and goings.

Privacy advocates are trying to get those files open to the public, but so far their efforts have been rejected.

The latest was a tentative ruling in California against a tech entrepreneur who wants access to government records collected via license plate scans in the San Diego area.

Home Depot breach affected 56 million debit, credit cards

Published: 09/23/2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers.

The size of the theft at Home Depot trails only that of the heist of data from 90 million TJX Cos. customers, which was disclosed in 2007.

Target’s breach compromised 40 million credit and debit cards.

Fake tweets stir debate about parody, lawsuit

Published: 09/23/2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor.

Out of boredom, he said, he soon began sending profane messages about sex, drugs and alcohol.

Daniel never intended for the fake account to be seen by anyone other than his friends, and it never attracted more than a few dozen followers.

But within weeks the raunchy parody led to a police raid of his home and ignited a debate about online satire, free speech and the limits of a mayor’s power.

Ryder Cup

Published: 09/23/2014

Steve Stricker never felt more alone in front of so many people.

All he could do was watch on the 18th green at Medinah two years ago when Martin Kaymer made the best six-foot putt of his life that won the Ryder Cup for Europe.

He went to shake Kaymer’s hand and couldn’t find him because the German was swept up in the flag-waving, champagne-spraying mass of winners.

Stricker walked quietly over to his wife, captain Davis Love III and the rest of the Americans.

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