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January 2020 Archives

Tip leads police to alleged drug deal

A tip about a possible drug transaction led to three individuals being taken into custody in Connecticut on the evening of Jan. 23. Officers from the Stamford Police Department's Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit went into action after learning that a black sedan would be arriving at a parking lot on Perry Street to sell illegal drugs. Initial reports do not reveal if the information was provided anonymously or received from an informant.

How to defend against voluntary manslaughter charges

Individuals who are charged with voluntary manslaughter in Connecticut may have a variety of defenses to that charge. For instance, it may be possible for a defendant to assert that he or she didn't actually commit the crime in question. This may be done by questioning the evidence in the case or by claiming that he or she was somewhere else when the victim was killed.

Miranda warnings date back to 1966

Connecticut residents likely became familiar with the Miranda warning after hearing police officers in films and television shows tell suspects that they had the right to remain silent and consult with an attorney. The rights referred to in the Miranda warning are provided by the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but police officers were not required to inform suspects about them until 1966.

Connecticut school board member charged with kidnapping

According to news sources, a member of the Bridgeport Board of Education is facing multiple charges following an incident that occurred on Dec. 27, 2019. The man and his wife reportedly impersonated law enforcement officers and attempted to force an acquaintance to go with them at gunpoint.

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