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moran-8cMPxOqkLE8-unsplash-300x200A teenager in Florida is under arrest after allegedly hacking the popular social network and microblogging service Twitter, targeting businesses related to cryptocurrency as well as celebrities. The seventeen-year-old was arrested by federal law enforcement following a Department of Justice and FBI investigation. More than 25 felony charges have been filed against the teenager, alleging he stole over $100,000.

The teenager and the hackers he collaborated with made use of LinkedIn scraped data to seek out Twitter staff most likely to have access to the backend software that could be used to submit Tweets from different well-known celebrity accounts. The attackers utilized LinkedIn tools to obtain cell phone numbers access.

Due to Florida law, the teenager’s financial crimes allow him to be tried as an adult in Florida.

auto-financing-2157347_1920-300x200A man in South Florida is making headlines after he was caught allegedly using federal loans meant to provide coronavirus relief to businesses to purchase a $300,000+ Lamborghini vehicle. The man has been charged with providing false statements, bank fraud, and participating in unlawful transactions.

Per a criminal complaint, the man applied with a bank for over $13 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans in support of different businesses. Dishonest applications for loans were submitted regarding the respective payroll expenses of the businesses, according to investigators. Officials said the man received approval for nearly $4 million.

According to prosecutors, the man purchased the Lamborghini just days upon receiving the funds. These funds were then used for luxury retail and resort purchases instead of payroll payments.

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A longtime federal agent accused of supplying insider information to a suspected member of a Miami-Dade County painkiller-distribution racket has been indicted on several charges arising from an investigation into FBI corruption.

The agent with the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of Health and Human Services made his initial federal court appearance in Miami earlier this week, facing allegations of conspiring to commit a crime against the United States, tampering with witnesses, obstructing justice and selling oxycodone. The prosecutor has arranged for a pre-trial detention hearing. He is charged with the painkiller scam along with an alleged participant who also appeared with him in federal court.

In a corruption inquiry that began in March 2019, both men were caught on wiretaps discussing protecting each other as well as allegedly making Santeria religious curses and threatening to murder snitches during the Oxycodone investigation. They were both charged and taken into federal custody.

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The decision as to whether numerous felons will be able to cast their votes in the 2020 elections is at stake. The case concerns a 2019 state law mandating felons must pay “legal financial obligations” such as restitution, fines, and fees to have voting eligibility. Voting-rights groups contend that it is an unconstitutional “poll tax” to tie voting rights with finances.

The purpose of the 2019 law was to enact a constitutional amendment in 2018 that restored voting rights to felons after they completed all of the terms of their sentencing terms, parole or probation included.

Last week, the voting-rights advocates went to the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court placed a US District judge decision on hold. The judge originally stated that the state cannot deprive felons unable to afford or meet court-ordered financial obligations of their voting rights.

emiliano-bar-PaKHbtTDqt0-unsplash-300x199Mere hours after an independent fact-finder was appointed to look into potential allegations of poor conditions and cruel treatment at a trio of South Florida immigration detention centers, a federal judge in Miami reversed the order without giving a reason.

After filing an eight-page order, the U.S. District Court Judge named an investigator to evaluate whether officials of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have breached prior court orders intended to prevent cases of coronavirus. Among what was mentioned in the order, the judge noted that a continuing inability to provide prisoners with the minimum provisions and resources to survive the pandemic is proof of intentional indifference to medical needs, and is tantamount to administering cruel and unusual punishment as it raises the likelihood of exposure to a deadly and highly infectious disease.

The initial order is part of a current litigation suit demanding the release of more than 1,000 U.S. Immigration and Detained Customs Enforcement.

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After filing a series of copyright lawsuits in federal courts aimed at pursuing legal action again antonymous individuals illegally downloading its movies, a film company has switched gears and is now looking to try a new strategy to try and unmask the people pirating its films: the company has begun filing cases in a Miami state court instead.

The change in strategy comes after the film company experienced resistance from federal courts as it sought to unveil the identities of the people illegally downloading its films. The move also allows the company to target a broader group in a single case versus having to file individual federal court cases.

According to the source article, lawyers for the film company state that piracy is a widespread problem for the company, and the Miami cases are a more successful way of prosecuting it. Others argue that the approach is legally dubious. Lawyers for those being accused call the actions thinly disguised copyright moves that are better suited for federal court.

jacob-morch-T0_zDzxYvRM-unsplash-200x300The House Judiciary Committee has taken a bold approach towards tackling issues such as racial profiling by introducing the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act. The act will set a national standard for police department activities and require the aggregation of data on police incidents. Should it turn into a law, the bill will reprogram current funding to invest in new community-based policing services and formalize federal legislation to prosecute excessive force and set up autonomous police oversight attorneys. The act will also get rid of warrants for no-knock, and prohibit chokeholds.

A few of the items outlined in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 includes requiring all law enforcement on the federal, state, and local level from racial or religious profiling, requiring training, and also requiring that deadly force be used solely as a last resort after de-escalation techniques have been employed. The act also places limits on military equipment on streets, it will require the use of body cameras, and pushes for investigating police misconduct. Furthermore, conspiring to violate current hate crime laws would be deemed a federal crime.

To read more, please visit https://www.miamitimesonline.com/news/ground-breaking-george-floyd-justice-in-policing-act/article_a6ab023e-b620-11ea-ac13-4b46b1cb2385.html.

element5-digital-ls8Kc0P9hAA-unsplash-300x200A federal judge recently refused to delay his decision which would allow numerous Florida felons who have completed prison or jail sentences to register to vote and participate in the 2020 elections.

Last month, in a dispute over a 2019 state law, the judge ruled against the DeSantis administration aimed regarding a constitutional amendment to renew the voting rights of felons who have satisfied the terms of their sentences. To be able to vote, the law required felons to pay legal financial obligations such as court costs and fines associated with their convictions. The judge’s decision, however, said Florida cannot withhold the right to vote to felons who are truly incapable of paying financial obligations ordered by the court.

The federal judge also ruled that court fines and fees are also “taxes” aimed at financing government programs, and the obligation to pay them to vote is an illegal “poll tax.” Determining that most of the Florida felons who have served their time cannot settle unpaid court debts, the judge set out a mechanism the state can use so that felons can register and vote.

hammer-719068_1920-300x225Democrats in Congress are spearheading a revision of the police process and responsibility following the mass protests that have happened throughout the globe.

The Justice in Police Act is one of Congress’s most aggressive law enforcement reforms in years and addresses many police facets that have come under intense scrutiny, especially nowadays when cell phones have made it much easier to share videos and quickly circulate them around the country and the rest of the world.

Based on the act, the federal civil rights statute regulating police misconduct will no longer allow prosecutors to prove willful acts by an officer, a heavy standard of evidence. The law will require charges against an officer for behaving with reckless disregard for the life of another, causing the death of the individual.

glock-2424292_1920-300x169Officials in Florida and the National Rifle Association (NRA) are requesting that a federal judge drop mediation ordered by the court regarding a lawsuit that seeks to challenge a 2018 state law prohibiting guns from being bought by people below the age of 21.

The ban was part of a new law passed in reaction to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The gunman is accused of allegedly using a semi-automatic weapon to take the lives of more than fifteen students and faculty members.

The legislation raised the age to buy firearms such as rifles and shotguns, from 18 to 21. According to court records, a federal statute also barred licensed weapons dealers from selling handguns to people below the age 21, and the state law extended it to also prohibit private sales of handguns to individuals under 21.

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