August 27, 2014

Florida babysitter stabs client for refusing her advances

931789-Crimes-of-Violence-callout-08-20-10.png From the smoking gun website, a Florida woman is arrested for aggravated battery after she stabbed her client for refusing to have sex with her!

22-year-old Shakieria Anquanette Shan Long was arrested by police earlieer this month for stabbing her client in the neck. His crime? Refusing her sexual advances because she was drinking too much!

Per a witness, there was a BBQ at a nearby Ft. Pierce home. Ms. Long and the victim, 32-year-old Eugene Slyvester entered the house. The defendant was screaming at the man that she wanted to have sex with him. The defendant, who babysat the victim's children, was very intoxicated.

Ms. Long proceeded to follow the victim to a back bedroom where she grabbed a knife and began stabbing him. Per the witness, the defendant soon came out asking for help, saying she stabbed Eugene and that he "was leaking".

The witness grabbed a towel and proceeded to put it on the victim's neck while walking him home. That did not last long as the defendant soon came running up to them and proceeded to punch the victim in the face multiple times.
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Police were called and after questioning witnesses, they arrested the defendant for felony battery, public intoxication and misdemeanor battery.

This was not her first brush with the law. At the time of her arrest, Ms. Long was free on abond in connection with an earlier arrest for disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest, and battery on a law enforcement officer. Her bond was quickly revoked and she remains in jail.

As for the victim, Mr. Slyvester received multiple stitches but told police that he did not wish to press charges. As of the time of this writing, no charges had been filed.

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August 21, 2014

Super Bowl Champion Investigated by the Police

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A police department in the state of Washington is investigating Seattle Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch for assault and criminal mischief allegations.

The local police were quick not to jump to conclusions. Per the police spokesman: "At this point, this is only an allegation. We haven't even confirmed that he was there, so it's very early on in this investigation. Everything that we can confirm is in the news release".

While details are still murky, the incident might have taken place early Sunday morning in a woman's Bellevue apartment. The woman claimed that the football player threatened a battery against her and then damaged some of her things.

The police were quick to note that no sexual assault or domestic battery was suspected.

As for Marshawn Lynch, the timing could not be worse for the three-time Pro Bowler. Lynch last year led the Superbowl champion Seahawks with over 1200 rushing yards. There were many insiders who had hoped that a superbowl ring would mature the trouble-proned running back.

He had previously been suspended three games in 2009 by the NFL commissioner for a weapons charge. Then just two years later, he was arrested for a DUI.

Despite his past, it is important to remember that these newest charges are mere allegations at the time of this writing and he has yet to be charged.

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August 14, 2014

Father and two sons all arrested for DUI for same accident

dui 3.png Keeping it all in the family? Per a CBS website, a Vermont father and two sons were arrested for a DUI at the same accident scene.

What started out as a day of fishing for a Vermont family ended up with three family members facing drinking and driving charges after a single-car accident last Saturday.

Two out of three family members were above the legal limit. The youngest son, 19, was below the limit but was still charged with a DUI because of his age.

The 19-year-old and 22-year-old son along with their father were all charged with a DUI. For the 22-year-old, tis is his second offense. He is also charged with driving on a suspended license (DWLSR). For the 19-year-old, this also marked his second DUI charge in as many weeks!

A Vermont Fish & Wildlife game warden was called out to a single car crash and found the vehicle rolled over. He immediately alerted the police.

When officers arrived on the scene, the oldest son was identified as the driver and his alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit! He was taken to the hospital and once cleared, he was charged with a DUI.

While at the scene, the youngest brother drove up along with his father to check on their family member. The youngest brother appeared to have been drinking, failed all roadside sobriety tests and was arrested.

During this time, the father moved from the passenger to driver side seat and moved the car closer to the scene. Police officers noticed signs of impairment and ordered the father to stop. After an investigation, he too was arrested for driving under the influence and blew three times the legal limit as well (like father, like son?).

State police issued the following statement about the case. "The day started out with a wonderful day out fishing on the waterways, but took an ugly turn after making some irresponsible decisions which ended up poorly. Based upon this incident, it can be learned that irresponsible decisions may lead to totaling a vehicle, minor to fatal injuries, tow bills, and criminal charges filed for the parties involved," the spokesman said.

"Fortunately no one else was injured in this case. Please drink responsibly and remember to have a designated driver take you home after consuming alcoholic beverages,".

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August 7, 2014

Pinellas Park drug sting nets seven arrests

798516-drug-offenses.jpg From BayNews9, a local mobile home park was the scene of several arrests involving drugs.

After months of complaints about drug sales from local park residences, the Pinellas Park police department finally struck back. A monthlong police investigation netted seven arrests at Palm Village Mobile Home park on 66th street.

Among the multiple arrests were charges for outstanding warrants, sale of oxycodone and possession of marijuana among others.

Those arrested were six men, one woman, ranging in age from 28-46.
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A possession of marijuana charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, found under Florida statute 893.13. It is punishable by up to one year in county jail and if one was to be convicted of the charge, the person loses their driver's license for two years!

A sale of a controlled substance such as prescription pills obviously carries a much harsher sentence. While under the same statute, it is a second-degree felony, with an automatic ajudication of guilt and a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison!

Depending on the defendant's lifestyle, priors and the facts of the individual arrests, a defendant may be able to resolve his/her case with probation or even drug court.

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July 31, 2014

Florida man arrested for obstruction, a few dozen beers later

Florida obstruction arrest defense attorney.jpg While not the "crime of the century", the TBT online reported how a night went from bad to worse for one local man...

A New Port Richey man is facing charges of disorderly conduct after cursing and obstructing medical personnel at the Medical Center in Trinity.

34-year-old Matthew Margetko called Pasco Fire Rescue after he was injured during a fight. The battery victim became belligerent to the arriving paramedics.

He was then transported to the hospital where he refused to calm down despite repeated warnings. He began to scream obscenities at nurses while other patients were around. He began to struggle and other hospital employees had to stop treating other patients in order to help subdue the defendant.

Pasco deputies were called to the scene and Margetko allegedly continued to scream at curse at the police, nurses and paramedics.

When police interviewed the man, he admitted to drinking roughly a "dozen bud lights". He was then placed in jail and bond was set at a reasonable $250.

As of this writing, the suspect has yet to be charged. There has also been any idea as to what, if any, punishment he may face.

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July 22, 2014

5 Reasons Why Cyber Crime Threatens Global Security

cyber fraud.bmpTechnology evolves at a rate that has law enforcement and justice officials continually striving to keep pace with emerging tech-based crimes. And as the flow and availability of personal information continue to accelerate, the value of information steadily rises, making it a modern day target for opportunistic criminals.

Cyber-crime, for example, takes several forms, including data theft, identity theft and other breaches. Misrepresentation is a common feature of cyber-crimes, because the vast nature of the World Wide Web conceals the identity of those who move within it. And will physical limitations once helped thwart criminal enterprise, today's high-tech cyber-criminals operate without such constraints. As a result, cyber-crime is a global concern, which cannot be adequately addressed by any one nation.

It Can Happen Anywhere

Cyber-crime knows no borders, so no user or region is safe from its ill-effects. From individual efforts to steal identity information and sensitive personal data, to large-scale efforts disrupting corporate and government databases, cyber-crime impacts global security. Hackers have shown their ability to infiltrate nearly every aspect of society, including high-value systems in science and industry. Significant commercial disruption took place recently during well publicized breaches at a number of big-name retailers, when hundreds of thousands of personal profiles were accessed and sensitive financial information disclosed. Widespread cyber-crimes carried out against diverse victims illustrate the Omni-present risks of connectivity and electronic information-sharing.

Cyber-Criminals are Growing Bolder

As security computer specialists fortify defenses against cyber-crime, hackers and other criminals find new ways to circumvent such measures. Mobile technology, for example, is exploding as the population takes its needs on the road with smartphones and tablets. So as consumer habits shift in the direction, they are followed closely by the efforts of cyber-criminals, who see the mobile landscape as a fertile new territory to prey on users. Mobile transactions for purchases and with banks are prime targets for data theft and other misdeeds.

Financial Markets are Global

The very advantages of electronic communication also stand as their primary weaknesses. As interactions are shared online and large volumes of supporting data are housed electronically, financial relationships are more and more international in nature, connecting global financial markets in ways that leave them vulnerable. One need only look at the recent meltdown of the United States real estate market and its subsequent ripples across the globe to confirm how one major disruption can interrupt the economies of multiple regions.

Lack of Global Enforcement Leaves the Door Open

Due to the nature of the Internet, policing it and enforcing penalties against cyber-criminals is more difficult than maintaining security within defined territories. Until consensus is reached among the world's power players and universal security agreements are made, Internet security remains piecemeal and easier to exploit than a unified effort would be.

Cyber-War is Real

A new chapter opened in cyberspace recently, when malicious code was used to interrupt Iran's nuclear capabilities. The Stuxnet worm targeted Microsoft Windows networks and Siemans software to execute automatic commands that impacted Iran's nuclear centrifuges, disabling as much as one fifth of the nation's enrichment capacity. Such large scale intrusion, with a significant physical outcome, underscores the emerging role computer network infiltration plays in international cyber-warfare. With the potential to disrupt infrastructure, financial databases and even military networks, the potential for destruction has never been higher for cyber-criminals.

Cyber-crime targets individuals, organizations and even governments, reaching into every aspect of modern society. To effectively reduce the threat, international consensus must be reached, to standardize enforcement and accountability across the world. Until then, cyber-criminals are empowered to breach prevailing measures, placing global security at risk.

Daphne Holmes contributed this guest post. She is a writer from and you can reach her at

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July 16, 2014

Facts about violent crimes in America

931789-Crimes-of-Violence-callout-08-20-10.pngIn 2010, the United States had to spend approximately $80 billion on the system of its prisons and jails which means the nation spent around $260 for each of its citizens. As per the statistics, 2.2 million Americans were in prison or jail in 2012, which is a bigger percentage of population behind bars than in almost any other country. This is also approximately five times the number versus other industrialized nations. In such a situation it is obvious that such a huge amount of money was spent for punishment.

In the United States, there is a theory that crime rose in the 1960s and 1970s mainly due to decline in manufacturing employment, whereas, in 1980s and 1990s, a major reason of crimes was crack cocaine. But with so many Americans in prison, one needs to know that it is also the US policies regarding crime that drove up imprisonment rates.

Harsh sentencing has been a way to remove criminals form society. Since 1975 to 2002, mandatory sentencing laws with minimum sentences, have been adopted by all 50 states. Harsher gun laws including Florida's 10/20/Life were passed. For punishing repeat offenders, many states adopted "three strikes" laws. In such a scenario, judges are left with no ways to offer shorter sentences. The prison population surged and by 2012, the number of Americans behind bars had tripled to 0.7 percent.

With this increase, the United States saw a dramatic reduction in violent crime from the 1960s until 2010. However, the released crime figures by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics for 2012 shows that the violent crime rates in the United Sates is on the rise for the second consecutive year. From 19 in 2010, victimizations per thousand rose to 23 in 2011 and 26 in 2012. As per the latest figures, the fall in serious crime in the U.S started in the mid-1990s which continued downward till 2010. Between 1996 and 2001, there was a drop in the rate of violent crimes in US; from 65 victimizations per 1,000 it came down to 33.

When speaking about violent crimes in US, as per FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, the four offenses encompassed by violent crime are murder, robbery, forcible rape and aggravated assault.

In the year 2012, the estimated number of violent crimes reported to law enforcement was 1,214,462 and this includes 14,827 murders; 354,520 robberies; 84,376 forcible rapes and 760,739 aggravated assaults. According to the statistics, of all reported violent crimes, the South accounted for around 40.9%. Of all reported violent crimes, aggravated assaults accounted for 62.6%. Of all reported murders, in 69.3% cases firearms were used. Of all robberies, 43.5% occurred on highways or streets.

When accused of any kind of crime, you have two important steps. The first and thing to do would be seeking a bail to avoid prolonged jailtime. While procuring a bail bond can be quite challenging, the bail bond agents can be of real help. Today, in the age of high-end technology, getting the right bail bond is easier, quicker and simpler when done online through an online bail bond agency. When it is about getting bail bonds in paterson nj, an online bail bond agency can be a wise option to get it done in the most hassle-free way.

Coming back to the statistics regarding violent crimes, it is revealed that when comparing the figures for the first six months of 2013 with the first six months of 2012, there was a decline in violent crimes as well as in property crimes such as theft. While comparing the first six months data of 2012 with that of 2013, all the offenses in the category of violent crime shows a decline. In all categories of violent crimes like murder, non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery and forcible rape - murder rate declined by 6.9%, aggravated assaults declined by 6.6%, robbery offenses declined by 1.8% and forcible rapes declined by 10.6%. The violent crime rates in the first six months of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012 shows the maximum decrease of 9.2% which is noted in cities with less than 10,000 population.

While nonmetropolitan counties showed a decline in violent crime by 10.5%, in the metropolitan counties it was 3.6% only. In the four regions of the nation, there was a decrease in violent crime; while the largest was 7.4% in the Midwest, it was 5.9% in the South, 4.3% in the Northeast and 3.7% in the West.

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July 8, 2014

Stopping for a garage sale, man picks up 9th DUI!

Pinellas dui atorney.jpg From a CBS affiliate, lucky number nine was anything but for Dale Gufoil...

A simple stop at a nearby yard sale turned out to be his undoing. 51-year-old Gufoil was arrested on a multitude of charges including his ninth DUI!

Last Sunday, police responded to a yard sale after reports of a broken down truck stalled in a driveway. When they arrived, they found Gufoil attempting to leave the sale but unable to do so because of mechanical issues.

Police began the DUI investigation when they saw the suspect behind the wheel of the truck displaying multiple signs of impairment.

After the investigation, Gufoil was arrested where it was discovered that he had eight prior DUI convictions.

His troubles did not end there. Besides the driving under the influence charge, he was also arrested for Driving While Suspended or Revoked, Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription (Oxycodone), and Failure to Have Insurance in Possession among other charges.


In Florida, a fourth DUI overall or a third-with-in 10 years would qualify as a felony DUI, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. If he was found guilty of the charge, it would be an almost guarantee of a lengthy prison sentence. Add up to another five years for the drug charge and five years for the felony DWLSR charge and a Florida defendant could be facing up to 15 years plus in prison!

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June 26, 2014

Hope Solo arrested again...

Pinellas battery defense lawyer.bmpLast time we wrote about soccer star Hope Solo, it was as a victim of domestic violence. Now it is her turn to be a criminal suspect. From CBS news online,

Olympic soccer star Hope Solo was arrested for assault and domestic violence this week against her 17-year-old nephew and and her sister according to police.

The charges resulted from a 911 caller who said a woman was "hitting people," Washington police said. The caller also said Solo wouldn't stop or leave the house where the alleged assault took place.

When police arrived, they found Solo intoxicated and emotional. Further investigation found injuries on the boy and her sister. Solo was determined to be at fault.

She was booked into jail early Saturday morning where she remained over the weekend until first appearance court on Monday.

The ex-Olympic soccer legend is now the goalkeeper for the Seattle Reign in the National Women's Soccer League.

In 2012 Hope was involved in a criminal battery case with he NFL tight end husband. She declined to prosecute, married him immediately and charges against him were later dropped.

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June 20, 2014

St. Petersburg man arrested for cooking meth on the beach...

St. Petersburg drug defense lawyer.bmp From your local news station wtsp, a local man was arrested for his improvised BBQ at the beach...

Instead of a cookout on father's day that included hamburgers and hotdogs, one local man decided to add a bit more punch to his grill. PCSO deputies arrested 24-year-old Charles Tapp after finding him cooking methamphetamine at a local beach.

Deputies first noticed a dark truck along the mangrove area of Gandy beach last Saturday night. Making a citizen's contact with the defendant, police found several drug needles in his truck along with items associated with cooking meth.

Narcotics detectives were called in, and after further investigation, the suspect was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of the chemicals pseudoephedrine and hydrochloric gas.

Per the Sheriff's office, post-miranda, Tapp admitted to cooking up meth at the beach.


A look at Mr. Tapp's prior record shows nothing in Pinellas County. Depending on his prior record elsewhere, Tapp may qualify for drug court if addiction is an issue. If sucessfully completed, drug court Otherwise the possession of meth charge and possession of unlawful chemicals are each third-degree felonies punishable by up to five years in prison per count!

Additionally, the needles would be punishable by up to one year county jail for every possession of paraphernalia count.

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June 11, 2014

Dumb criminals...St. Petersburg edition

798514-burglary.jpg From the Tampa Bay Times, a recent round up of alleged crooks who did not think through their criminal plans...

Over the past month, a higher number than usual "dumb criminal" arrests have occurred in Saint Petersburg.

It started in May. 58-year-old Michael Reese got drunk and decided to call 911. Telling the police that he needed to resolve some warrants and wanting to go to jail, police arrived at his home in St. Petersburg. Police ran his name through a warrant check and found that he was clean. Not wanting to disappoint the man, police arrested him for misuse of 911.

On the same day in May, Octavis Owens was arrested after giving a false report to a police officer. Mr. Owens called police and told them he was robbed. Police used a total of 11 officers to track down the suspects using Owens' GPS tracker on his phone. Out of the blue, the defendant admitted that he made up the story about being robbed saying that he didn't think the police would help him otherwise. This came as no consolation to two men arrested at gunpoint by the police based on Owens' lies...

Suspect's ID left behind in robbery

The crooks get dumber...An 18-year-old suspect broke into a house in St. Pete, stealing money and valuables he later sold to buy the drug spice. One problem...he left his wallet and ID back in the house! Brandon Parker was arrested for robbery a few days after the break in based on the incriminating evidence...

Finally saving the best for last...

Lee Ragin, 27, was arrested for his role in a battery against a cab driver last month. Mr. Ragin is alleged to have called a cab in south St. Pete. After it arrived, the cab driver picked up Ragin who robbed and stabbed the cabbie with a knife (aggravated battery with a deadly weapon). Police investigated and found that Lee left his cell phone in the cab. Even nicer, Mr. Ragin called the cab company to retrieve the phone! Police eventually convinced the suspect to meet them with the promise of getting his phone back. Instead he received a pair of handcuffs and a criminal charge.

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June 5, 2014

Man facing his 12th DUI charge

dui 3.png A local interest story from an Alabama newspaper where a judge had no choice but to release a man arrested for his 12th DUI! Would a Florida judge have to make the same ruling?

An Alabama man, after being arrested for DUI posted a $1,000 bond and walked out of jail. Only for the judge to realize that he had 11 prior DUI charges!

45-year-old Darius Watkins was arrested on April 22 for DUI and driving while license suspended. He posted the $1000 dollar bond the same day and walked free.

At a later court hearing, Mr. Watkins record was announced for the first time. He had 11 prior driving under the influence convictions and 14 prior DWLSR counts! He was also on probation for a DUI at the time he was arrested.

A local judge ruled that he was considered a danger to the community and reset his bond for $15,000. The defendant was placed in custody.

The day after he was put back in jail, Darrius' DUI lawyer petitioned the court and claimed he was being held illegally as he had already paid the set bond. Per Alabama law, a bond cannot be modified after the defendant has paid it unless he/she violates the terms set within the original bond.

Another judge granted the petition and with no objection from the state attorney's office, he was free least for a little while.

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In Florida, this would be very unlikely to happen. The article mentions that the defendant was on probation for DUI at the time of his arrest. Once that became know, Watkins would have a violation of probation count and be innediately sent to jail with "no bond" allowed.

In addition, in Florida a DUI becomes a felony if you have three in 10 years or four/more. With those amounts of prior convictions, the defendant would have been dealing with a much higher bond and more restrictions.

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May 30, 2014

South Florida Judges accused of DUI

Pinellas DUI defense lawyer.bmpIf bad news comes in threes, then one more Florida judge needs to be on the lookout. From the Miami NBC affiliate, two south Florida judges were arrested for DUI just a few months apart...

In Broward County, Judge Lynn Rosenthal became the second County judge to be arrested for DUI after she crashed into a parked police car in the Fort Lauderdale courthouse parking lot! After an investigation, she was arrested on the spot.

Per the police report, the judge's SUV hit the patrol car and then continued toward the judicial parking lot, where it also hit the security gate. The SUV then backed up and hit the gate a few more times before the police intervened.

When Judge Rosenthal got out of her vehicle the police stated that she had no odor of alcohol but was "unsteady on her feet, her speech was slurred and she had difficulty obtaining the required (driving) documents."

The Judge told the police that she hadn't drunk alcohol in a long time but then her story got more bizarre.

Whipping out her cell phone, she claimed that a truck had earlier tried to run her off the road on the way to work and she had the video to prove it. Police saw the footage and it showed the Judge drifting between lanes and hitting the barrier wall. Nowhere on the cell video was there a truck or anything that would affect her driving.

Police began field sobriety tests and the judge admitted to taking an ambien the night before. Per the police report, the judge "failed to maintain balance during instructions, missed all heel-to-toe steps, stopped multiple times to request instructions to continue the exercise. The judge also had problems standing on one leg, putting her other leg down on multiple occasions".

While she blew a .000, she then refused to take a urine test, which would show what drugs were in her system.

She was arrested for DUI and DUI with property damage.

dui 3.pngThis was the second Broward County judge to be arrested in the past few months. Fellow Broward Judge Gisele Pollack was just suspended for her recent arrest for DUI in Boca Raton. She was charged with multiple traffic offenses as well as a DUI.

Judge Pollack was arrested and refused a blood draw. Officers noted a strong alcohol odor and that in her car were multiple empty alcohol bottles and empty red cups. When arrested, the judge was very vocal, sceaming that she didn't want to go to jail.

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May 22, 2014

Bubba the Love Sponge Trial and the DUI Incident

dui 3.pngA local Tampa station has reported that the Florida Bar has released their report and is recommending severe discipline for some Tampa lawyers involved in the Bubba the Love Sponge defamation trial from last year. The news story can be watched here. The full Florida Bar report is available here.

After over a year of investigation, The Florida Bar finally released the report in the now famous DUI set up case involving a civil suit between local radio personalities "Bubba the Love Sponge" and "M.J."

In the middle of the Tampa defamation trial, Todd "M.J." Schnitt's lawyer was arrested for driving under the influence. An investigation by a special prosecutor determined that he was set up by opposing counsel!

The Florida Bar determined that a legal assistant who worked for the law firm spotted M.J.s' lawyer at Malios and started talking with him. She lied about where she worked and continued to buy him drinks-while at the same time texting her boss, Robert Adams. Fellow lawyer Adam Filthaut called his friend-Tampa Bay Police Department Sgt. Ray Fernandez. Records show that shortly thereafter, the two men began texting and calling each other.

Sgt. Fernandez and other officers staked out the parking lot at Malios until they saw Campbell and M.J.'s attorney leave the restaurant. Ms. Personious asked the attorney to move her car and he did-only to be immediately surrounded by police and arrested for a DUI!

That is when it gets more unusual. After claims that he was set up, M.J.'s attorney got the attention of the Florida Bar who proceeded to investigate. They found that after the arrest, dozens of text messages that night between Personius, Filthaut, co-counsel Stephen Diaco, and Sgt. Fernandez were either erased or destroyed.

As a result of the investigation from the grievance committee of the Florida Bar, the Bar says Stephen Diaco and Adam Filthaut engaged in dishonest conduct, made false statements and unlawfully concealed and destroyed documents and evidence (tampering with evidence).

The Bar will now file a formal complaint and recommend discipline againt the lawyers involved. The punishment can range from a warning, a suspension to even disbarment!

Tampa Sgt. Fernandez was fired and is still being investigated by the FBI and federal prosecutors for possible federal crimes.

Based on the facts of the case and how the evidence was obtained, the Hillsborough State Attorney's office has declined to press DUI charges against M.J.'s lawyer.

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May 15, 2014

Online's Biggest Drug Dealer Arrested in Florida

Pinellas drug crimes attorney.bmp A brief blurb from CBS news about a modern day "Scarface" who had a drug empire online and how it unraveled...

Cornelis Jan "SuperTrips" Slomp, a 23-year-old Dutchman, almost had it all. Great wealth, easy job and travels around the world. Then came his arrest in Miami, Florida. Young and tattooed, Slomp had rented a Lamborghini and was ready to explore South Beach's party scene when he was arrested by the feds at Miami International Airport last year.

Now the one-time world's biggest online drug dealer just pled guilty to Federal drug charges in Chicago- a plea that may see him serve up to 15 years in prison. In making his "guilty" plea, Cornelis admitted that he was the main drug trafficker on the underground website "Silkroad". Speaking perfect english, the defendant pled "guilty" and agreed to cooperate with the prosecutors as part of his plea. It was a long fall for the college educated former software engineer.

With a business sense older then his 23 years, the defendant earned more than three million dollars in bitcoins by selling a variety of drugs such as cocaine, LSD and MDMA.

An assistant U.S. Attorney on Thursday called Slomp's conviction the largest yet in the feds battle against Silk Road traders.

"Mr. Slomp was the world's largest drug dealer on Silk Road," he told the presiding U.S. District Judge.

Using the online moniker "SuperTrips" Cornelis admitted to shipping 4 kilos of cocaine, 566,000 ecstasy pills and over 100 kilos of MDMA among other drugs through the mail. Using a computer and his smartphone, he would take orders online, receive payments in "bitcoins" and then mail back the drugs to throngs of customers throughout the world.

Much like the character Walt from "Breaking Bad", the Dutchman became known for a distinguished mark on his ecstasy pills...a green question mark. On Silk Road, where anonymous traders sold illegal drugs and other illicit products, he quickly became the main dealer. At the time of his arrest, there were rumors that he was selling his U.S. drug business to a fellow "Silk Roader" man online.
798516-drug-offenses.jpgAs per his agreement with the feds, the defendant has already started to cooperate. He has surrendered over $3 million in bitcoins as well as promised to cooperate in the prosecution of fellow drug dealers.

As of October, 2013 Silk Road has been shut down followed the arrest in San Francisco of its alleged founder Ross William Ulbricht -- who allegedly went by "Dread Pirate Roberts". Roberts is accused in a New York federal court case of drug trafficking, soliciting murder, facilitating computer hacking and money laundering among other charges.

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