With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top news in criminal law in January to see how they could affect people accused of a crime.
Mafia Boss’s Son Charged With Racketeering
The son of notorious crime boss Vincent ‘The Chin’ Gigante has been charged with running a racketeering scheme from 20017 to 2017. Vincent Esposito, 50, a man federal officials believe still has significant influence in the Genovese mafia family is accused of extorting a union official through force, violence and intimidation.
As part of their investigation, federal officials discovered two unregistered guns, brass knuckles and $1 million in cash at Espitos’s $12-million townhouse in New York. Federal officials also have months of wiretaps that strengthened their case, as well as an eyewitness who was close to Esposito and is willing to testify against him at his upcoming trial. Esposito is being held on $6 million bond, pending his trial.
Lawyer Charged With Stealing Bag Filled With Cash At Newark Airport
A Manhattan-based criminal attorney has been charged with stealing a cash-filled bag at Newark Airport. Law enforcement officials said that they arrested Henry I. Weil, 62, after observing him on surveillance cameras taking the bag at the airport’s Terminal C.
Police arrested Weil at another airport gate where he was seated with $700 in cash and a $130 Visa gift card. After being accosted by police, Weil admitted to the theft and led police to the area where he had discarded the bag.
California Couple Charged With Torture of 13 Children
A California couple has been charged with torture after police found 12 children tied to their bed with chains and padlocks and living in horrible conditions at their parents’ home. Police were alerted to the situation after a 17-year-old girl escaped from the home and contacted authorities on a mobile phone.
After police found the girl, they discovered that she looked as if she was 10 years old because she was so gaunt and sickly. The girl led police to her parents’ home, where they found 11 of her siblings inside, lacking basic nutrition, dirty and in need of food.
Seven of the children were actually adults ranging in age from 18 to 29, and they were all taken into protective custody. David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, the parents of all 13 children were arrested and are being held on torture and child endangerment charges. Bail has been set at $9 million for each defendant.
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