As criminal defense lawyers, it’s our job to stay on top of the most recent news stories and developments in criminal law cases. The world of criminal law and federal crimes is expansive, and every day there’s at least one news story that catches our attention. While some of these are major news stories that are widely publicized, sometimes it the smaller stories that have the biggest impact.
Here are the top news stories in criminal law that are trending today.
More Documents are Released on the Las Vegas Shooting
None of us can forget the October 2017 shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people killed and more than 500 injured. More than six months later, authorities in the city have released additional documents, including witness statements from people who were attending the concert in the park that day.
At this time, details of all the reports released are not known, however the details of the witness accounts are chilling, and provide the public with an understanding of what really happened that day and how it felt to be a vulnerable member of the crowd. This release is the second set of investigation materials that have been made available to public and media sources.
Texas Based Doctor Accused of $240 Million Worth of Healthcare Fraud
Texas based physician, Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada, has been indicted on health care fraud and is accused of falsely and purposefully diagnosing patients with degenerative diseases requiring lengthy and expensive treatment.
The 61-year-old doctor involved in the case has a long, previous record of appearing before the Texas Medical Board in the past, however none of the previous incidents involved charges as serious and significant as the ones he is currently facing.
It is alleged that he provided the patients with unnecessary and toxic chemotherapy treatments for diseases including rheumatoid arthritis. He then used the excess funds he received to live what has been called a lavish lifestyle.
The doctor has been charged with five counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The FBI is currently asking that any patients who were treated by the doctor between January 2000 and May of this year contact their hotline number at 1-833-432-4873, Option 8.
Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder Exonerated After 27 Years
A 14 year old John Bunn was convicted and jailed for the 1991 shooting of two Rikers Island correction officers who were sitting in their car outside a housing project. One of the men was shot five times and later died from his wounds.
Based on an anonymous tip, police picked up 14-year-old Bunn and another 17-year-old male who were also identified in a photo line up by the only known witness at the time.
The trial that lead to the conviction lasted only one day and met heavy criticism, including the fact that one of the detectives in the case was suspected of framing suspects. Bunn finally won the right to a retrial, however now prosecutors are saying that they won’t retry him, resulting in a full exoneration of charges and clearing of his name in the crime.
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