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.

Police Complaint: Ravens’ Ray Rice Strikes Fiancee Unconscious in NJ Casino

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

Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice allegedly knocked his fiancee unconscious by “striking her with his hand,” during an altercation between the pair at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino over the weekend, according to the police complaint.

Grainy security footage obtained by TMZ Sports shows Rice, 27, lifting his fiancee Janay Palmer, 26, out an of an elevator at the Revel Casino before placing her on the floor and attempting to prop her up.  A security guard then approaches the pair as Palmer apparently starts to regain consciousness.

A lawyer for Rice told The Baltimore Sun that the video was authentic but incomplete.  Attempts to contact Rice’s lawyer were not immediately successful.

Both were arrested on domestic violence-simple assault charges and taken to a nearby police station on Saturday and later released on a summons to appear in court.  Atlantic City Police said they have video of both Rice and Palmer assaulting each other.

The case is currently with the prosecutor’s office for review, police said.

The Ravens made a statement on Sunday saying,”We are aware of the Friday night situation with Ray Rice and his fiancee.  We have spoken with Ray, and know that they returned home together after being detained.”

SOURCE:  www.abcnews.go.com  “Police Complaint: Ravens’ Ray Rice Strikes Fiancee Unconscious in NJ Casino,” Liz Fields, February 20, 2014.

 

 

Man found guilty in jet ski death of Usher’s stepson

On behalf of Raymond Giudice P.C. posted in Criminal Defense on Monday, February 24, 2014.

ATLANTA - A jury has found Jeff Hubbard guilty of homicide by vessel in the incident that resulted in the death of Kile Glover, stepson of entertainer usher.  Another child was seriously hurt.

Hubbard was also found guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation, unlawful operation of personal watercraft and boat traffic violation.

Kile Glover died from head injuries six days following the incident in July 202.  Jordan Shepp, then 15, was seriously hurt.

Defense lawyers said Hubbard tried to avoid the children and that what happened was a tragic accident.

SOURCE:  www.wsbtv.com “Man found guilty in jet ski death of Usher’s stepson,” Associated Press, February 22, 2014

Accused of punching a photographer, actor Sam Worthington arrested

On behalf of Raymond Giudice P.C. posted in Criminal Defense on Monday, February 24, 2014.

(CNN) – Actor Sam Worthington, best known for his leading role in the 2009 blockbuster “Avatar,” was arrested Sunday after getting into an altercation with a photographer, New York City police said.

Worthington is accused of punching photographer Sheng Li in the face after Li allegedly kicked Worthington’s 26-year-old female companion in the shins, according to NYPD Detective Kellyann Ort.

The department would not release the name of Worthington’s companion.

The incident occurred at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Greenwich Village.

Worthington was issued a desk appearance ticket and was released, according to Ort.  Li, a 37-year-old photographer who lives in Manhattan, was held for arraignment.  He does not have press credentials.

No one was hospitalized., Ort said.

Worthington was born in England but moved to Australia, where he was raised and began his acting career.

In addition to Avatar, Worthington has also acted in “Terminator Salvation” (2009), “Clash of the Titans” (2010) and “Man on a Ledge” (2012).

He was named “GQ Man of the Year” in Australia in 2009.

SOURCE:  www.cnn.com “Accused of punching a photographer, actor Sam Worthington arrested,” Elizabeth Landers, February 24, 2014.

CURE Childhood Cancer Event

Ray Giudice with Atlanta Braves Hall of Famer Tom Glavine.

Ray Giudice with Atlanta Braves Hall of Famer Tom Glavine.

CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancers in our lifetime.

3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell charged with DUI

On behalf of Raymond Giudice P.C. posted in DUI on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

(CNN) – The bassist of the rock band 3 Doors Down faces a driving under the influence charge after his arrest Tuesday in Mississippi.

Police found Todd Harrell “slumped over the steering wheel” of a vehicle stopped at an intersection in D’lberville, Mississippi, a police statement released Wednesday said.

Harrell, 42, “showed signs of impairment and was arrested and charged with 2nd offense DUI,” police said.

The musician was charged with vehicular homicide in Nashville, Tennessee, last April after his speeding car allegedly clipped a pickup truck, sending it down an embankment and killing the driver, according to a Davidson County, Tennessee, sheriff’s spokesman.

Harrell showed signs of impairment and acknowledged he had consumed hard cider and taken the prescription pills Lortab and Xanax after that incident, police said.  The case is still pending.

His group may be best known for its song “Kryptonite,” but it had a string of hits in the early 2000s, including “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.”

Harrell is one of three founding members of the group that formed in Escatawpa, Mississippi, in 1994, according to allmusic.com.  The band toured regionally before eventually being discovered at a music showcase in New York.

The band’s major label debut, “The Better Life,” has sold more than 6 million copies, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

SOURCE:  www.cnn.com “3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell charged with DUI,” Alan Duke, February 19, 2014.

 

 

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White briefly jailed in Ga. for failure to appear in court

On behalf of Raymond Giudice P.C. posted in Traffic Violations on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

ATLANTA- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has been arrested on a warrant charging him with failing to appear in court.

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Volkodav confirmed White was booked at the jail in that Atlanta suburb early Tuesday.  Jail records show he was released about an hour later after posting $168 bond.

Volkodav said the warrant for White’s arrest came from Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court, indicating he failed to show up for court on an unspecified traffic citation.

A team statement said the Falcons were aware of White’s arrest, adding, “we anticipate this will be resolved shortly.”

It was not immediately know if White had an attorney.

White was the Falcons’ first-round draft pick in 2005.  He had 63 catches for 711 yards and three touchdowns last season.

SOURCE:  www.foxnews.com “Falcons wide receiver Roddy White briefly jailed in Ga. for failure to appear in court,” Associated Press, February 18, 2014.