Category Archives: Criminal Law

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. At trial, the government introduced evidence that Joshua Hayworth, 25, of Loudon, TN, used an air soft pistol on January

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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

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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,

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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. The investigation revealed that Weaver had a collection of numerous still

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Tennessee Man Convicted in Connection with Major Synthetic Drug Conspiracy

Synthetic drug a-PVP (alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone), known on the street as “gravel” or “flakka,” and described by users as “meth on steroids,” has been the center of a recent investigation in northeast Tennessee, southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. Among those involved was Chuckey, Tennessee native Joshua Brandon Hinkle. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Hinkle was

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