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October 2015 Archives

Woman arrested in Florida, accused of criminal offense

Florida readers may be aware of an unusual child custody case that has led to the arrest of a mother of five. The woman, 50 years of age, is accused of attempting to hide two of her teenage daughters from their father. While the child custody case was not initiated in Florida, the woman may petition a local court to handle the matter now that she has been charged with a criminal offense, and she could fight extradition back to the initial jurisdiction.

Charges dropped for man accused of a crime

When an individual is arrested, news of that arrest becomes available almost instantly. In many cases, the person who is accused of a crime has his or her photo spread across the media, long before he or she is able to give a different side to the story. This can lead to a great deal of damage to one's reputation within the community, an outcome that can be difficult to reverse even when the case is resolved in the person's favor. An example is found in the recent news that charges have been dropped against a Florida man who may have been the victim of police brutality.

New criminal charges for troubled actor

Many Florida readers will remember the media coverage of prior arrests of actor Nicholas Brendon, who played roles in "Criminal Minds" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Brendon has been plagued with addiction issues, and he has run afoul of the law on multiple occasions. In these most recent criminal charges, Brendon is accused of far more serious crimes than in previous incidents.

The push to decriminalize marijuana in Florida

As it stands today, many in the state of Florida who are caught in possession of marijuana can face serious punitive measures. Miami-Dade County is leading the charge in decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, and counties across the state may eventually follow suit. The decision is based largely on the economics surrounding these arrests, and many within the state feel strongly that the cost of prosecuting individuals who are found in possession of a small amount of the drug is out of line with the perceived benefit to the public good.

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