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DoJ free to investigate Wells Fargo employees, but will it?

From news sources to social media outlets, the entire nation seems abuzz about the recent announcement made by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau earlier this month, which indicated it would fine Wells Fargo $100 million. The announcement came after confirming reports that some of the financial institution's employees had "opened accounts and shifted funds from consumers' existing accounts into [...] new accounts without their knowledge or permission."

Cocke County Attorney Arrested at County Event

Attorney Charlotte Leibrok of Newport was arrested at an outdoor event in Cocke County on Saturday, July 26, and racked up multiple charges including public intoxication, possession of a handgun while inebriated, unlawful carrying and possession of a handgun, and for resisting arrest-all following the original charge of disorderly conduct 

"Slenderman" Teenagers Will be Tried As Adults

One Saturday in May, 2014, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, two 12 year old girls stabbed another young girl multiple times, claiming that they did so for the sake of the fictional internet character, Slenderman. While their victim survived the attack, the two girls were both arrested and charged with murder, and in just the last week the judge presiding over the case chose to try them as adults.

Hawaii Business Man Sentenced to Almost 4 Years for Tax Fraud

Most of us would probably be perfectly content settling down in the famous Aloha state and collecting revenue from 3 successful businesses. Mr. Albert Hee, however, an apparently successful business owner and family man, was not so content in Hawaii. Hee mastered what he thought was a foolproof way to live financially unrestrained by failing to truthfully report his business and personal income for ten years and naturally, no taxes were paid on said income. Mr. Hee intentionally interfered with the IRS in the calculation and collection of his taxes during this time according to a final court ruling, (United States of America vs. Albert Hee, Hawaii,). What turned out to be fully taxable earnings from his businesses allowed for quite a lavish and carefree lifestyle for him and his family.

East Tennessee Resident Receives 16 years for Carjacking and Violation of Hobbs Act

A Loudon County Tennessee resident charged with violating the Hobbs Act and Carjacking recently received a 16-year sentence due to crimes committed early last year, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office

Court Rules that Consensual BDSM Sexual Activity is Not Protected by the Constitution

Does the Constitution protect your right to engage in a consensual BDSM sexual relationship?  One may be surprised to learn according to a new court ruling out of Virginia, Doe v. Rector and Visitors of George Mason University, the answer is NO.  Ironically, Virginia often uses the tagline "Virginia is for lovers," but apparently not for lovers of BDSM relationships. 

2 Florida Brothers Sentenced to 84 Months in Prison for Illegal Bath Salt Distribution

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, two Florida brothers, Michael Loren Sheaffer, 35, of Pinellas Park, Florida and Matthew Shawn Sheaffer, 35, of Holiday, Florida were convicted of possessing and distributing a controlled substance known as "bath salts" and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Both brothers were sentenced on January 27, 2016, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge in Greeneville, Tennessee, to serve 84 months each in federal prison. 

New Law Limits Passports for Tax Delinquents

The U.S. government will soon be able to revoke passports from those who haven't paid their taxes, and prevent those who are delinquent from obtaining a new one. Congress will implement this new law in December, targeting those who owe $50,000 or more in unpaid taxes. There are some exceptions, however, for Americans travelling for humanitarian purposes or those who are on an IRS payment plan or currently contesting a tax case in court. 

Clinton, Tennessee Man to Serve 144 Months for Child Pornography

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Clinton, Tennessee native Dakota Destry Weaver was recently convicted of receipt and possession of child pornography following an investigation by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and Knoxville Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

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