The U.S. Supreme Court may soon decide the legal difference between lying and embellishment. Before an appeals court is the case of a man who pretended to be a military veteran. Whether latching onto a false personal history is criminal or an exaggerated use of First Amendment rights may soon be a high court ruling.
There are a number of tools that use the internet to connect people. One particular tool is called Skype which provides an online phone service for its customers. One Wisconsin man could be facing charges of internet crimes. He is currently the center of an investigation focused on Skype and prank calls.
Facing criminal charges can seriously affect one's future. Especially for young individuals, being accused of a crime can make it difficult in the future to find employment. But consequences can also exist in the present, as one young woman is discovering.
In previous posts we've discussed many of the consequences that can arise if convicted of a sex crime. There are the more immediate penalties that can include jail time and being required to register as a sex offender. But the impact of a conviction can go beyond the more obvious consequences.
Criminal convictions can come with very serious penalties; drug charge convictions are no different. Recently, a Wisconsin Rapids man pled guilty to federal drug charges of crack cocaine possession and distribution.
As we've seen in previous posts, federal and state prosecutors take accusations of underage pornography very seriously. Those who are charged and convicted of possessing or producing underage pornography can face sentences that include time in prison. Federal charges can have significant consequences that go beyond legal sanctions as well.
A police raid on a Madison, Wisconsin man's home in 2003 produced evidence that he had been jamming police radios. Authorities seized the man's computer during the raid and discovered deeply encrypted files that took police years to decode. The files were eventually cracked and found to contain underage pornography.