With the increasing popularity and availability of commercial drones – the dangers of invasion of privacy charges have escalated exponentially – as a recent couple in Utah just learned.
By Colorado Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer – Attorney – H. Michael Steinberg
A recent case in New York City – clearly points out what can go wrong in a felony sex crime prosecution.
Darrell Dula – 26 – was one of four men – charged in a NY sexual assault case. His case was dismissed after an over zealous prosecutor was found to have violated New York’s criminal procedural laws involving basic fairness.
Former Greeley police officer Daniel Shepherd was found not guilty by a Colorado jury on February 8, 2012.
What makes this case so important – is that the jury looked at the “he said – she said” nature of the allegations – found both sides had lied or covered up – so they did what jurys are supposed to do – they focused on the absence of forensic evidence that would have pointed the way to the truth. This time – because of the incompetence of the police – there was none
In the words of one juror – who clearly got it right:
A new Colorado Law – helps Sex Offenders Understand the Requirements of Sex Offender Registration.
The 2011 bill makes a number of modifications to the requirements for registering as a sex offender, including the following:
• county sheriffs are required to submit registration information for individuals who are required to register as sex offenders and are held for more than five days or are sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a county jail;
In a recent press release on the 1st Judicial District Website in Colorado – Scott Storey – the elected DA – approaches the increasing problem of Sexting with a reasoned eye – recognizing that which most experts in the field understand – it is a matter of “growing up” and “coming of age” .. that leads to an understanding of the proper boundaries between the genders. It is not a sex offender crime in most cases.
In the following reprinted web page – DA Storey explains his reasoning.
He is to be commended for his common sense and not knee jerk response – as is often the case in this area.
The Following verdict in a Colorado Sexual Assault Trial demonstrates the many levels of testimony that can be admitted in a trial .. it is instructive at many levels for that reason
Jury convicts Valdez of sex crimes Thursday, Dec 30th, 2010
DEL NORTE, Colorado ・A Rio Grande County District Court jury deliberated for four hours before the criminal incest trial of Arthur Valdez ended with a verdict of guilty on two counts.