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Judge rules Megaupload.com search warrants illegal

Posted on June 28th, 2012 No Comments

A New Zealand judge has determined that the search warrants produced for the search of Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom’s mansion were not valid.

The FBI and New Zealand police raided the internet mogul’s home on January 20. They seized an estimated NZ$11 million from his bank accounts, took 18 luxury cars, and procured 150TB of data they believe might include incriminating evidence.

Because of the international nature of the copyright infringement and money laundering charges against him, the warrant needed to explicitly state which country’s laws he was being accused of breaking. The judge lambasted the warrants’ vague accusations of copyright infringement in addition to the resulting investigation, states a report from Ars Technica.

Police searches and seizures need to be carried out in a very specific way to remain lawful. If you believe your rights are being infringed upon through illegal search and seizure, contact the criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404.

Three killed, one injured after shooting in Houston parking lot

Posted on June 20th, 2012 No Comments

Three people were killed and one was injured in a shooting that occurred in a strip club parking lot early this morning.

Witnesses claim more than 20 shots were fired in the shootout.

Houston rapper Trae the Truth was wounded in the gunfire. He is known for his work with at-risk youth, and former mayor Bill White named July 22 “Trae Day” in honor of his service to the community. He performed in a club near the strip club on the night of the incident, and the shooting occurred as people were leaving at the end of the show.

Carrying a gun on the premises of an establishment that serves alcohol is illegal. Our condolences go out to the families of those who lost their loved ones in this tragic shooting.

Houston in top 10 cities for organized retail crime

Posted on June 6th, 2012 No Comments

Houston ranks in the top ten cities in the nation for organized retail theft, according to the National Retail Federation‘s Organized Retail Crime Survey.

The group describes organized retail crime as “theft/fraudulent activity conducted with the intent to convert illegally obtained merchandise, cargo, cash, or cash equivalent into financial gain (no personal use), typically through their online or offline sales.” The survey uncovered that 96% of retailers in the Houston area have experienced such crimes.

Other cities in the top ten include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas.

Organized retail crime is just one type of theft that can result in serious criminal charges. If you are being accused of theft, contact the theft defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404.