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March 2015 Archives

Tennessee Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Distributing Child Pornography

A Tennessee man was recently sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for his role in distributing child pornography, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. On Feb. 9, 2015, Ronald Randolph Radford was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to participating in the distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography. Federal Investigators found a large collection of child pornography in his possession. Mr. Radford's sentence is to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Johnson City Police Department worked together to investigate Mr. Radford. This case was the result of an initiative called Project Safe Child, which monitors local, state, and federal resources to find and prosecute people responsible for child exploitation via the internet. 

MATERIAL CHANGE HARD TO OVERTURN; CONTEMPT MUST SPECIFY CIVIL OR CRIMINAL

In the case of Thomas v Miller (No. M2013-01485-COA-R3-CV, Feb. 27, 2015), a post divorce case granting Father primary custody and holding mother in contempt leads Wife to appeal. The previous parenting plan designated Mother as the primary parent, giving her 235 days of parenting time. Father received 130 days and was a joint decision-maker for the child. In August of 2012, Father filed a petition for contempt and for modification of the parenting plan. Father claimed that he was caring for the child more than the fixed amount laid out by the current parenting plan. He also asserted that Mother was leading an unstable lifestyle and that he feared for the safety of the child due to her new husband's erratic behavior, which included abusing Mother and driving with the child in the car while intoxicated. Father also claims that Mother enrolled the child in a pre-k program without consulting him. He requested a temporary restraining order between Mother's new husband and the child, to prevent the child's enrollment in pre-k, recognize that a change in material circumstances has occurred, and to name Father as the primary residential parent and increase his parenting time. 

Knoxville Trio Indicted for Bank Fraud

The charges state that the Mubaraks and Sanders conspired to defraud 5 banks over a 4 year period, from 2007 to 2011, relieving the financial institutions of $6.7 million through the use of fraudulent loans. Ray Mubarak in particular is also charged with engaging in multiple unlawful monetary transactions, tacking on an extra $10,000 in bank fraud proceeds. At the appearance, the three pleaded not guilty. Their trial is set for May 5, 2015, but until a verdict is reached, they are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

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