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March 2020 Archives

Felonies: Federal charges filed against mother and daughter

People in Michigan who have lost loved ones might keep a close check on the funeral home they use after reading about the alleged crimes of a mother and daughter who owned a funeral home in another state. The 66-year-old mother and her 43-year-old daughter have faced several civil lawsuits over recent years. However, this time, they were arrested and charged with federal felonies.

Felonies: When can entrapment be used as a defense?

When residents of Michigan or elsewhere sell drugs to someone who turns out to be a government agent or undercover police officer, the seller might accuse the buyer of entrapment. But what is entrapment? For entrapment to occur, a police officer, DEA officer, FBI agent, or other law enforcement or government agent must persuade or influence someone to commit felonies that he or she would not have committed but for the persuasion of the agent.

Eyewitnesses are incredibly unreliable

Should we even use eyewitness testimony in the courtroom? To some, the question seems astounding. It's one of the most common types of evidence. When an eyewitness comes forward to share their account, it can drastically change a court case. For even longer than the American justice system has existed, eyewitness testimony has been one of the founding tenants.

White collar crimes: Man pleads guilty in $2.5 million fraud case

Facing federal fraud charges in Michigan is serious, and convictions can lead to years in federal prison and significant fines. A construction company owner in another state recently pleaded guilty to federal charges involving $2.5 million concealed from the IRS. Reportedly, the white collar crimes scheme started in Dec. 2014, and continued for nearly four years.

Alleged car hijacker charged with 4 felonies in Michigan

A 22-year-old woman is accused of hijacking a pickup truck in front of a motel in Franklin, Michigan, on the morning of Valentine's Day. The owner of the vehicle claims he left the vehicle running right outside the door of his motel room when he alleges he saw a woman with blonde hair opening the door of the truck. He says he tried to pull her out of the vehicle, but he failed, and the alleged hijacker drove off, dragging him along for about 20 yards. Law enforcement ultimately caught up with the woman, and she is now facing four felonies.

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