A Windermere police officer -- a training officer, in fact -- is currently on trial for allegedly conducting traffic stops solely based on the race of the driver, which is a violation of those drivers' constitutional right to be free from illegal search and seizure. One of the officers he trained recently testified that the man had instructed him to pull over what he called "Bravo vehicles," which
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Over the past few years, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have been focusing much of their attention on U.S. companies suspected of bribing government officials abroad. When bribes are offered or taken in another country, criminal corporate bribery allegations are typically prosecuted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or FCPA. One weakness of that law,
The IRS recently announced that it will obtain account records of U.S. Citizens from banks located in Singapore, The British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and the Cook Islands. Banks located on these islands have long been considered safe havens for privacy and secret bank accounts. Obtaining bank records from these island tax-havens is part of IRS efforts to pursue international tax evasion.
The arrest of a 16-year-old high school student from Bartow after an ordinary science project has made national news this week. Considering our nation's urgency to promote interest in the so-called STEM areas (science, technology, engineering and math) among the nation's youth, the Polk County Public School District's decision to expel the girl over a harmless science project has engendered
In 2008, a young man accused an Orange County deputy who had been working as a school resource officer -- apparently falsely -- of having committed sex crimes against him as a child. While the deputy was able to mount a successful defense in that case, his acquittal came at the cost of his career. Why? Because Orange County Sheriff's Office policy requires all officers to cooperate fully and