What will the Student Disciplinary Hearing determine for Florida State’s Jameis Winston?

IMG_2009FSU’s Winston is facing nothing but bad options. FSU, under federal “title 9” requirements must investigate the sexual assault allegation against Winston. The university’s need to hold a student disciplinary court hearing, puts Winston in danger of being suspended by FSU, and opens the door to a Civil Lawsuit and perhaps criminal charges for assault by the alleged victim. University rules prohibit a lawyer from representing Winston’s case, and as he has shown in the past, Winston has the ability to say and do the wrong thing at the worst time.

Did Adrian Peterson cross the line in using a switch to “whoop” his 4 year old son 10 to 15 times?

imagejpeg_0A parent’s right to discipline his or her child comes into conflict with the criminal laws on assault and child abuse. Does the Texas “Corporal Punishment” Statute permit leaving visible cuts on a child’s buttocks, back and scrotum, or will a Jury consider Peterson’s actions “tough love” and an effort by a loving parent to teach his son “right from wrong”? The doctor who examined the child called the cuts “extensive” and alerted Law Enforcement. The Grand Jury, a sample reflection of the community where the “whopping” took place, called it “negligent or reckless injury to a child”. Peterson denies any intent to harm the child, and it will be up to a Jury to determine if this was an act of loving discipline, or a crime.

Ray speaks to CBS46 about the Justin Ross Harris case

10984_10203713610053845_6861470757334769446_nJustin Ross Harris has been indicted in Cobb County on 8 counts after he left his son in the car on a hot Atlanta day. Watch what legal expert, Ray Giudice, thinks about the indictment, prosecution team, and the trial ahead.



Prosecutors may face an uphill battle with arrests made as a result of a “roadblock” or police checkpoint”, but only if the defense properly raises and thoroughly presents the right challenge. In order for an arrest made from a roadblock stop to stand up to a challenge in court, the prosecutor must be able to show that the police department that initiated the stop had a roadblock program with an appropriate primary purpose, other than ordinary crime control; subjecting the departmental program to scrutiny, not just the roadblock in question. In addition, the prosecutor must show that the roadblock was properly authorized, planned and staffed.

The decision to implement the roadblock must be made by supervisory personnel rather than the officers in the field; all vehicles must be stopped as opposed to random vehicle stops; the delay to motorists can only be minimal; the roadblock operations must be identified as a police checkpoint; and the “screening” officer’s training and experience must be sufficient to qualify him or her to make an initial determination as to which motorists should be given field tests for DUI.

Can Dope Get You a DUI?

D.U.I by DOPE? Oh yes. Under Georgia’s DUI law, if you are “impaired” by alcohol, illegal drugs, legal prescriptions, or any combination of the three, to a degree where you are a “less safe driver”, you can be convicted of DUI. Marijuana cases are somewhat harder for Law Enforcement to prove, as the physical manifestations of marijuana, or prescription drugs, are harder for most Cops to detect. But “THC’, the chemical component in marijuana, can stay in the bloodstream for up to 30 days, and a “Chronic” daily smoker can build up a very high level of THC in his blood stream.

As Pittsburgh Steeler running back La’veon Bell, stopped by the police just hours before a game, will soon find out, getting high 2 hours before a traffic stop can lead to criminal charges of DUI, and possibly misdemeanor possession of Marijuana.

Ray discusses the Atlanta Cheating Scandal and the upcoming trial on CBS46

Ray was recently on CBS46 to discuss the Atlanta cheating scandal. You can watch his video below, or head over to CBS46.com to read the full article.

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Was the death of 22 month old Cooper Harris a tragic accident?

Why is his father, Justin Harris, charged with murder? And why haven’t the authorities released the results of their investigations to the public? Watch as Ray Giudice shares his thoughts with CBS 46.

Is NCAA’s Future at stake?

The Ed O’Bannon trial has the potential to dramatically reshape college sports. The case is being heard by U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken, who admits to knowing next to nothing about college sports and the NCAA’s structure or way of doing “ business”. The Judge in her questions, seems to be telling both sides that she views this as a case to be decided under existing Federal Antitrust Laws, the same that would govern any business “cartel”.

The time has come for the Billion Dollar Business known as the NCAA to move past the idea that college sports is just a quaint hobby, something to keep the kids busy and the alumni happy. As the NCAA leadership has consistently shown a reluctance to adopt policies that reflect changes in our culture, and to be honest about the NACC’s primary purpose, which is to generate large sums of money for the Colleges and Universities it represents.

Sex Trafficking Ring Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison

On behalf of Raymond Giudice P.C. posted in Criminal Defense on Friday, February 21, 2014.

The-leader of a sex-trafficking ring that exploited dozens of women was sentenced today in Savannah to life in prison, The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia announced.

Joaquin Mendez-Hernandez, also known as “El Flaco,” was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge B. Avant Edenfield, said U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver.  The prosecutor said it was the largest sex-trafficking investigation ever prosecuted in the Southern District.

Federal prosecutors said that Mendez-Hernandez headed an international sex trafficking organization that reached from Mexico to Savannah.  Members of the outfit enticed women from Mexico, Nicaragua and elsewhere to travel to the U.S., for a better life in America, prosecutors said.  Once in the U.S., the women were forced into prostitution in Savannah and across the South, prosecutors said.

Women were forced to have sex with as many as 50 people a day, prosecutors said.  To ensure that they complied, members of Mendez-Hernandez’s criminal organization threatened women, used violence against them and held their children hostage in Mexico, prosecutors said.

Members of the criminal outfit also would trade their victims to other members who operated in other states, including Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, prosecutors said.

“It is reprehensible that an international sex-trafficking organization set up shop within our very own communities,” said Tarver.  “This organization destroyed the lives of many victims through fear, violence, and intimidation, all for the love of money.  Those responsible will now pay the price in a federal prison.”

The federal operation to break up the sex trafficking ring, dubbed “Operation Dark Knight, has resulted in guilty pleas from 23 defendants, prosecutors said.  Twelve victims were rescued from the ring during the investigation, according to prosecutors who said they may also qualify for a special visa extended to victims of human trafficking who have assisted in investigations and prosecutions.

SOURCE:  www.dailyreport.com “Sex-Trafficking Ring Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison,” John Disney, February 21, 2014.

Police department lawyer is jailed by own client on suspicion of drug and weapons crimes

On behalf of Raymond Giudice P.C. posted in Criminal Defense on Friday, February 21, 2014.

A lawyer for the Salt Lake City police department has been arrested on suspicion of drug and weapon crimes by employees of his own client.

James Wesley Robinson, 50, was arrested and jailed along with two adult sons after a search of his home Tuesday, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.  A subsequent Salt Lake Tribune article provides additional details.

Booking documents at the jail say law enforcement officers found an unspecified “large quantity” of marijuana, drug, paraphernalia, cash and four firearms during a search of Robinson’s home after a burglary call.  Police got a warrant to search the house after spotting sufficient evidence to justify it during the burglary investigation, Sgt. Robin Heiden told the newspaper.  He said it is illegal to possess firearms along with prohibited drugs.

Robinson was booked on suspicion of cocaine possession, marijuana possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal weapons possession.  His two sons, 18 and 21, were booked on suspicion of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Heiden said it is possible the charges will be upgraded, although that has not yet occurred, because the home is within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

Robinson worked as an assistant state attorney general before becoming a city employee in 2000.  He has not handled civil matters for the police department for the past year and works in the city’s public safety building.

SOURCE:  www.abajournal.com “Police department lawyer is jailed by own client on suspicion of drug and weapons crimes,” Martha Neil, February 20, 2014.