Criminal lawyers are always trying to stay on top of the latest news in criminal law because it could affect the way they defend a client. Whether it means changes in how criminal offenses are charged or changes in sentencing for drug crimes, there’s always something new in United States federal criminal law, criminal procedure, white-collar crimes, and federal crime. Let’s take a look at the latest crime news.
Defendant In Murder Case Claims Victim Accidentally Died During Sex
A male defendant in a murder case in Fort Worth, Texas claims that the female victim in the criminal case died accidentally while the two were having sex. Criminal defense attorney Glynis McGinty said in state court that her client, Charles Dean Bryant panicked once he realized the woman, 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff, was dead.
He dismembered her body and set it on fire, and her burned remains were found two days later. Under Texas law, prosecutors must apply the common law test of mens rea, which means criminal intent. In other words, did Bryant intend to kill Vandagriff?
Mother Caught With 231 Pounds of Drugs At the Mexican Border
A San Diego mother has been arrested for transporting more than 200 pounds of drugs in a minivan that was crossing the border from Mexico back into the U.S. Law enforcement officials said the 34-year-old woman had five children in her car when she was pulled over. Authorities found 206 packages that included cocaine, heroin, and meth worth more than $1 million. It’s not known whether prosecutors will pursue federal criminal charges or state charges. Federal offenses carry stiffer penalties, and the amount of drugs found in the van likely means that the woman faces possession and intent to distribute charges.
UFC Star Conor McGregor Arrested For Attack On Bus Carrying Martial Arts Fighters
Former UFC Champion Conor McGregor was arrested and charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief stemming from an incident at a UFC press conference in New York City. The volatile Irishman was caught on video hurling guardrails at a bus carrying UFC fighters who had just finished a press conference promoting UFC 223, a pay-per-view event. McGregor’s actions cracked a window of the bus, which caused cuts to the faces of two UFC athletes.
Police said McGregor flew to New York City from Ireland after learning that his friend, UFC fighter Artem Lobov, had been involved in an altercation with top UFC contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor wanted to send a message to Nurmagomedov, but his behavior crossed the line, resulting in his arrest. The Irishman posted bond after turning himself in to authorities. The fighters hurt as a result of McGregor’s attack will likely file a civil case against him in the near future.
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