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October 2016 Archives

Fort Myers sued by NFL player wrongfully arrested

Nate Allen is a native son of Fort Myers, having risen from relative football obscurity in high school in Cape Coral and college at South Florida to a long NFL career. The hard-hitting safety now plies his trade with the Oakland Raiders, though he is now teaching the city of Fort Myers that he can dish out punishment off the field as well as he can on the gridiron.

Did FBI agents break the law in pursuit of child porn suspects?

Many readers of our Fort Myers criminal law blog understand that enforcing the law requires authorities to perform a balancing act. Officials are sworn to uphold the law and do what they can to stop violations, but they must at all times reassure citizens that they are themselves not breaking the law in pursuit of law-breakers.Some Federal Bureau of Investigation agents appear to have forgotten that they cannot violate constitutional protections in pursuit of alleged criminals. Federal judges across the nation have ruled in various cases that the FBI's tactics in a child pornography investigation were inappropriate and violated the rights of suspects. 

Civil rights groups: End drug crimes

They are in many ways the voices of America's conscience: the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. The two civil rights groups recently issued a joint report that makes a powerful case against drug crimes.The enforcement of drug laws is ruining lives, the groups contend, while failing in its primary mission: reducing drug abuse. The organizations call for the decriminalization of possession and recreational use of all illegal drugs.

Why giving alcohol to a minor is a terrible idea

College is the time in a young person's life where they experience true freedom for the first time. For some, this means living on one's own and learning to manage finances. For others, this means taking advantage of previously inaccessible opportunities, such as going to house parties where alcohol is being consumed.

Fort Myers drug arrest begins on the road

A recent arrest began as so many do: with a traffic stop. According to a news report by CBS affiliate WINK TV, detectives assigned to Lee County Sheriff's Office Highway Interdiction Unit pulled two vehicles over for traffic infractions yesterday.The Ford F350 and Cadillac SUV had been heading southbound on Interstate 75 when the drivers heard sirens and saw police lights and pulled over. Detectives later reported finding more than 94 pounds of marijuana in the Ford, while a search of the SUV revealed another 14 grams of cannabis and $6,000. 

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