When George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four was published, it may have caused some of its readers to fear omnipresent government surveillance. Today, thanks to the popularity of camera phones and social networking services like Facebook, it appears some people are unknowingly encouraging such surveillance. Recently, the Multi-Agency Gang Unit in Memphis used a cellphone video to arrest two teenagers for allegedly robbing and beating a young man. They are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and are entitled to a criminal defense attorney.
Federal drug charges are always serious. That's why it's important to make sure that federal prosecutors are following the letter of the law when they are trying to make a case against someone. The recent end of a drug case in another state revealed that maybe the government bit off more than it could chew.
It may be of no surprise to readers in the Memphis area that it is illegal to be involved in online child pornography. But readers may not know that such involvement can result in federal criminal charges. Recently, a sheriff's deputy in another state was arrested on federal charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and producing child pornography by sexual exploitation of a child.
Tennessee country music fans may be interested in knowing the latest criminal charges that have been filed against Randy Travis. He was arrested on Aug. 7 in Texas on suspicion of drunk driving, and he may also be facing a grand jury indictment on a violent felony, in this case retaliation against the police or obstruction of justice.
Being accused of a sex crime is a frightening experience. We all know how society treats those who face sex crimes charges. People are quick to judge, even before a conviction is obtained. Despite this, when facing a sex crime charges, it's important to know your rights so you can protect your freedom.
Returning to civilian life after military service is an extremely difficult process for many veterans in Memphis and throughout the nation. In fact, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that between 7 and 10 percent of all people who are incarcerated are also veterans, and that is one reason Shelby County recently established a Veterans' Court to help returning service members navigate the criminal justice system.