NFL Wide receiver Sam Hurd was locked up on drug possession after meeting with an undercover agent to make a deal for drugs. His teammates allegedly had no idea he was trying to set up a drug-dealing network. Hurd bought more than a pound of cocaine in the deal, but allegedly tried to set up a deal for five to ten kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week.
A federal jury convicted two of at least 12 conspirators of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud. Several men, including the two convicted and an alleged leader of the group, ran a scheme to steal from the nation's biggest telecommunications companies. The $20 million crime spree came to an end because of evidence gathered from the homes of the conspirators and from businesses.
Statistics just reported by the FBI indicate that many violent crimes are substantially down this year, with the occurrence of murder, robbery, and rape decreasing over time. Overall, violent crimes reportedly declined by approximately 6.5 percent in 2011, indicating that the decrease in such incidents over the prior five year period continues unimpeded.
Our readers may be familiar with the country singer Rodney Atkins. He's famous for songs like "If You're Going Through Hell," Watching You," and These Are My People." The singer, who has enjoyed success in his musical career, has recently experienced a downward spiral with respect to his marriage. Atkins was recently accused by his wife of domestic violence.
The U.S. Department of Justice claims that it has been able to increase the amount of funds recovered in frauds cases since 2008 to more than double in 2011. The total amount have managed to recover this year totals $5.6 billion, which includes approximately $3.4 billion in seized proceeds of alleged civil frauds, and $2.2 billion in funds seized in connection with allegations of criminal fraud, such as government procurement contracts and health care reimbursement.
Texas cities and counties are trying to crack down on drunk driving by requiring more drivers to submit to blood alcohol level tests when they refuse to take a Breathalyzer. This "no refusal" policy has been increasingly adopted by law enforcement agencies across the state to apply to motorists suspected of driving while intoxicated.
According to a former top official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, probes of large mortgage lenders and securities firms have been largely unsuccessfully at turning up promising white collar criminal cases.
Some of our readers may be aware of the recent arrest of Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden. Walden spent Thanksgiving weekend in jail following accusations that he assaulted his girlfriend during a dispute and injuring her.
A man who was falsely imprisoned for 20 years for a rape he didn't commit has been told that the state of Texas will provide him with an additional $753,000 in compensation. He previously received $1 million according to a compensation arrangement that limited state payments for false imprisonment to only $50,000 per year.
Statistics show a significant increase in domestic violence incidents in Texas since 2009. A report on deaths from family violence showed a total of 142 such fatalities in 2010 throughout the state, which is up 28 percent from the year before.