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Top News in Criminal Law – November Recap

One of the fascinating things about criminal law is that it its always changing, which means that a criminal defense attorney has to stay on top of all these changes to provide the most effective counsel to his or her clients. Let’s take a look at some of the criminal news you need to know.

Manhattan District Attorney Will Seek Indictment On Harvey Weinstein

Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, is expected to seek a grand jury indictment of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. A New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesperson said that it has turned over evidence to Vance’s office in connection with a rape allegation by actress Paz de la Huerta that occurred in 2010. Although Vance did not confirm the report, he said that his office was working closely with the NYPD, and that all sexual assault allegations would be thoroughly investigated. Despite accusations by numerous women of Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, a grand jury indictment would be the first criminal charges filed against the producer.

Los Angeles County’s District Attorney’s Office Creates Task Force For Sexual Misconduct

As Hollywood continues to deal with daily revelations about sexual misconduct, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has formed a task force that will ensure a uniformed approach to the legal review and possible prosecution of any case that meets both the legal and factual standards for criminal prosecution, per a statement by DA Jackie Lacy.

The task force will include prosecutors who have extensive experience with sex crimes cases, and comes on the heels of an official Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) investigation into an alleged sexual assault committed by Adam Venit, a talent agent at William Morris Endeavor (WME). Actor Terry Crews accused Venit of groping him in 2016, and filed a report on November 8 about the incident.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant Convicted of Physical and Psychological Abuse

A 34-year-old Marine Corps drill instructor was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a jury convicted him of tormenting and abusing young recruits, especially Muslim-Americans, including one who later killed himself.

Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix was also ordered to forfeit his wages, demoted to private, and given a dishonorable discharge. A jury of eight convicted Felix of hazing and abusing a group of trainees at Parris Island, South Carolina, a Marine boot camp. Felix’s violations include calling Muslim soldiers ‘terrorists,’ and forcing a Muslim recruit into a dryer, then turning on the machine until it was hot and demanding that the recruit renounce his faith by asking if he was still a Muslim

The Need For a Strong Defense Attorney

Criminal law is not simply about legal changes, but is also about trends that are reshaping the kinds of cases that prosecutors are willing to pursue. For example, the sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood are forcing prosecutors to take a much more serious look at pending and past cases of sexual assault. That’s why it’s so important for you to hire an experienced lawyer like the team at the Elden Law Group that understands how changes in the law can affect your criminal case. Please call us today at (888) 991-9353 for a legal consultation.

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