Arrested Japanese stalker used pupil image reflections – Miami Herald

A man arrested on suspicion of stalking a female pop idol used the reflections of her pupils in photos she shared on social media and Google Street View to find where she lived.

Tokyo police declined comment on the specifics of the investigation but confirmed Friday that 26-year-old Hibiki Sato was arrested Sept. 17 on suspicion of indecent behavior in connection with stalking and causing injuries to the 20-year-old woman.

The police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as is often policy at Japanese bureaucracies, said the case was related to the reports about a stalker and pupil images.

Police described Sato as an “avid fan.”

Public broadcaster NHK and other Japanese media reported this week that details in the woman’s selfies were used to identify the train station she frequented. They said Sato looked at other images she shared, such as her apartment, to figure out where she lived.

Police say he hurt her and committed indecent acts, such as groping her after accosting her from behind and knocking her down.

Japan has many young female performance groups.

Tokyo Shimbun, a metropolitan daily, which reported on the stalking case, warned readers evArrested Japanese stalker used pupil image reflections  Miami Heralden casual selfies may show surrounding buildings that will allow people to identify the location of the photos.

It also said people shouldn’t make the V-sign with their hand, which Japanese often do in photos, because fingerprints could be stolen.

Cyberstalking has been a problem for years, with criminals and perpetrators of domestic violence using hacking, clandestine activation of microphones and cameras and other methods to track their victims.

It’s unclear how prevalent the use of high-resolution photos to locate potential victims might be.

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October 11, 2019 at 02:41AM

Who paid for hit on FSU prof? In lurid trial, a Broward dentist’s name keeps coming up

Katherine Magbanua, charged in the 2014 murder of Florida State law professor Dan Markel, mimics with her hands an incident involving Sigfredo Garcia cutting off her and Charlie Adelson with his car.

Hours after Florida State University law professor Daniel Markel was shot and killed in his car at his Tallahassee home in July 2014, his ex-wife Wendi Adelson sat with an investigator at the Tallahassee Police Department, shaking, crying and burying her face in her hands.

When the investigator told Wendi the shooting was intentional and they needed to find out who murdered the father of her two children, she blurted out a name: Charlie Adelson, her older brother and confidant.

“[Charlie] knew that Danny always treated me badly and it was always this joke,” Wendi Adelson, also an FSU law professor, told police. “He said: ‘I looked into hiring a hit man and it was cheaper to get you this TV so instead I got you this TV … but he would never … it’s such a horrible thing to say.’”

Charlie Adelson, a Tamarac periodontist, has not been charged in the case and denies any involvement, but his name has come up again and again during a five-year investigation — and repeatedly during an ongoing three-week trial of two South Florida residents facing murder charges in Leon County for Markel’s death. The jury is expected to begin deliberations after closing arguments on Thursday.

This week, a state prosecutor called Charlie Adelson an “unindicted co-conspirator” during an interview with the Miami Herald. And the Tallahassee Police Department has done little to hide its suspicions that he organized the hit. Three years ago, police even released a draft of a probable cause affidavit against Adelson that the local state attorney rejected as insufficient to file charges.

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Charlie Adelson has not been charged in the murder of Florida State University law professor Dan Markel. But his name has come up repeatedly at trial. LINKEDIN

The two people now on trial in Tallahassee are Sigfredo Garcia, who prosecutors say shot and killed Markel, and Katherine Magbanua, who had romantic relationships with both Garcia and Charlie Adelson and is accused of being the go-between in the alleged murder-for-hire.

The prosecution’s case depends in large part on the testimony of Garcia’s friend and confessed accomplice, Luis Rivera, also of South Florida, who said Magbanua hired them for the job. Rivera, a convicted ringleader of the North Miami Latin Kings gang, has already pleaded guilty. Garcia and Magbanua are charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder. They have both pleaded not guilty and are being tried together.

Although prosecutors never produced a witness who could link Adelson or his family to either Rivera or Garcia, they have spent much of the trial attempting to persuade jurors of abundant circumstantial links — with Magbanua as the cog.

“Charlie Adelson had a sister in Tallahassee, Wendi Adelson — and Wendi Adelson had a problem,’‘ lead prosecutor Georgia Cappleman told jurors in her opening statement. “Her problem was named Dan Markel. The solution to that problem was Magbanua, Garcia and Rivera.”

Magbanua took the stand Wednesday, where she denied involvement in a conspiracy but pointed the finger at a man far away in South Florida. Based on the evidence presented at trial, she told jurors she thought Markel’s brother-in-law — her former boyfriend Charlie Adelson — was behind the murder.

October 10, 2019 at 01:59PM

Kim Kardashian Wants To Specialize In Criminal Law, Start Her Own Law Firm

“I would love to open up a firm and hire formerly incarcerated people that have spent so much time having to fight for their lives inside. They know the law better than anybody and I think I would have the best firm if I had a firm [filled with these types of people].

I spend a lot of time visiting prisons and some of the most enlightened people I’ve ever met, some of the smartest people, and the people that know law the best are people that are spending time in prison.”

Kim Kardashian West, commenting on her career ambitions to specialize in criminal law in a recent interview. Kardashian, who has largely focused on criminal justice reform during the first year of her “law school” studies, went on to note, “I already know that I really want to study criminal law but you have to go through the motions of contracts and torts and civil, and everything else, but I’ve really enjoyed the process.”

Staci Zaretsky

Staci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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October 9, 2019 at 12:15PM

Objection overruled! Is Barbie’s new legal career more interesting than yours?

Mattel has unveiled a new Barbie doll that carries a gavel and comes dressed in a black robe with a lace collar.

The “Career of the Year” Barbie for 2019 is a judge, report Above the Law, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Mattel, the maker of Barbie, introduces a new career for Barbie each year, focusing on careers where female numbers are lacking.

Mattel decided to unveil the judge dolls after learning that only one-third of sitting state court judges are women, according to Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global brand general manager of Barbie, who spoke with USA Today.

“Our hope is that girls will enjoy playing with the dolls and imagine themselves protecting the rights of others,” McKnight said.

Barbie has had more than 200 careers. “We like to say, ‘There isn’t a plastic ceiling that Barbie hasn’t broken,’ ” McKnight told USA Today.

The doll costs $12.99 and is available in a variety of skin tones and hairstyles.

By Debra Cassens Weiss

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October 7, 2019 at 05:20PM

Conviction upheld for driving lawn mower while drunk

A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld the drunken driving conviction of a man who was arrested while riding his lawn mower on a public street. Keith Shoeder had unsuccessfully argued that the mower wasn’t a “motor vehicle” covered by the statute. (The Associated Press, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, appeals court opinion)

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October 2, 2019 at 05:52PM

Texas cops release body cam video of black man tied to horse: ‘It’s gonna look so bad’

Body camera video of Texas cops tying a black man to a police horse and leading him through the city during his arrest were released Wednesday.

Galveston city officials posted the videos from body cams worn by the two police officers involved in the arrest on Facebook and YouTube. Photos and video of the horseback police officers leading Donald Neely, 43, through the streets in August went viral and drew outrage, McClatchy news group reported.

The picture and video of his arrest were compared to “historic images of slavery and Jim Crow-era treatment of black people,” the Galveston County Daily News reported.

The new body cam video shows the officers ride to a property where Neely was sitting to arrest him on charges of criminal trespassing.

“You were asked by the property manager not to come back, ever,” Officer Patrick Brosch said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “You’ve been arrested multiple times for a criminal trespass, and you know that.”

Brosch asks whether they should get a patrol vehicle to take Neely to jail, but Officer Amanda Smith responded that their sergeant would not approve of that. Then Brosch hands a rope to Smith, who tethered Neely to the horse.

The officers helped Neely gather his possessions, including some coins and a welding hat.

“Can you put my welding cap on?” Neely asks while he’s handcuffed. Brosch complies.

“Perfect,” Neely said.

“You’re doing good, Mr. Neely, but we’ve gotta do what we’ve gotta do, too, you know?” Brosch said.

They began riding on the street with Neely walking in between. The officers seemed aware that walking him through the streets while tied to a horse could appear negative.

“It’s gonna look so bad,” Brosch said.

Later, the officers decided to take a street that would have less traffic and people as they walked through downtown Galveston.

“Yeah, I want less eyesight,” Smith said.

The police officers arrived at their horse trailer after a 10-minute walk. A patrol vehicle then arrived to take Neely to the jail.

A decision about whether to discipline the officers will be up to Police Chief Vernon Hale.

“The city supports the chief in any actions he deems to be appropriate,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said in a news release. “However, if the investigation identifies deficiencies in department policies or practices those will be addressed directly with the chief.”

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office completed a review of the arrest, but officials haven’t released the findings.

“I appreciate the efforts of Sheriff Henry Trochesset and thank the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office for taking the time to perform a thorough, independent review of the arrest,” Hale said in the news release. “I am studying the report now and will use its findings to make decisions in the near future about the next steps for the department.”

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October 2, 2019 at 07:12PM

‘Murder House Flip’ is a show that combines true crime and home renovation

LOS ANGELES — The number of house flipping shows on television continues to grow, but we’ve never seen one quite like this before.

How about true crime meets home renovation? This show doesn’t include Chip and Joanna Gaines, but it sure has people’s attention – and it’s not even out yet.

According to TODAY, ‘Murder House Flip’ will debut on ‘Quibi’ this spring. Quibi is ‘short-form’ mobile video platform that plans to launch in April 2020, according to its website.

The show will be from CSI’s executive producer Josh Berman.

According to Yahoo, the cast will be made up of forensic specialists, spiritual healers and high-end renovation experts.

“We are thrilled to bring this one-of-a-kind series to life and dive into a world that combines America’s two biggest TV obsessions: true crime and home renovation,” said Elyse Seder, senior vice president of alternative and syndicated programming for Sony Pictures Television, in a press release issued to TODAY Home.

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September 22, 2019 at 02:44AM

Two Accused in FSU Law Professor Slaying Set to Face Jury

More than five years after Florida State University law professor Dan Markel was gunned down in the driveway of his home, two key players in what prosecutors believe was a plot hatched by the academic’s former in-laws to get him out of the picture are set to stand trial.

Jury selection is slated to begin Monday in a Tallahassee court in the case against Sigfredo Garcia—who stands accused of pulling the trigger and murdering Markel—and Katherine Magbanua, the mother of Garcia’s children and ex-girlfriend of Markel’s former brother-in-law Charlie Adelson. The defendants are being tried together on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder.

Prosecutors believe that Magbanua served as the conduit between Garcia and Luis Rivera, a Miami gang member who pleaded guilty in 2016 to helping Garcia pull off the hit, and Charlie Adelson, the brother of Markel’s ex-wife Wendi Adelson.

Police have said they believe that Charlie Adelson and his mother, Donna Adelson, ordered the hit in order to help Wendi Adelson relocate to South Florida from Tallahassee with the couple’s two sons to be closer to the Adelson family, which runs a dental clinic outside of Fort Lauderdale, but they are not charged. Members of the Adelson family, as well Magbanua and Garcia, have steadfastly maintained that they had nothing to do with Markel’s death.

Attorneys for Magbanua and Garcia did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Charlie Adelson’s attorney, David Oscar Markus, said Thursday that there is no crime for which to indict his client.

“For five years, the state has picked through every piece of Charlie’s life—every phone call, every email message, every text, every relationship, every possible witness—looking for any excuse to charge him,” Markus said. “But there is nothing there.”

The case featuring members of a prominent and wealthy family allegedly conspiring to kill a promising academic amid a bitter divorce, with two Miami-area men allegedly driving up to Tallahassee in a rented Prius to complete the job, has been picked apart on multiple television shows as well as a popular recent podcast. But for close watchers of the case, several big questions remain:

First, they wonder whether the trial will come to fruition, or whether Magbanua will take a plea deal at the last minute and cooperate with the prosecution to implicate Donna and Charlie Adelson—neither of whom have been charged with any crime.

Police arrested Magbanua in 2016 and she has spent the past three years in jail—away from her two children—apparently in an attempt to get her to flip and help prosecutors.

“I certainly continue to hope that Magbanua and Garcia will see the wisdom of cooperating with the prosecutors,” said Jason Solomon, a friend of Markel’s who maintains a Facebook group called Justice for Dan that tracks developments in the case. “Because I think if they go to trial, they will most certainly be convicted.”

Second, they want to know whether Garcia and Magbanua’s trial is the next step toward indictments of Donna and Charlie Adelson—which Markel’s supporters view as the ultimate goal and the only way for justice to be served.

“My sense is that the prosecutors have just been waiting,” Solomon. “They only get one shot at prosecuting the people who ordered the hit. They are waiting until they have the maximum possible evidence, which would be testimony from Katie. There could come a point where she’s convicted and she could still flip.”

What is clear is that the case against Magbanua and Garcia is complex, and the circumstances around Markel’s murder are convoluted. Attorneys have said they expect the trial to last several weeks, and they have spent months wrangling over evidence. More recently, attorneys have haggled over witnesses: In June, the judge hearing the case ordered Wendi Adelson to be deposed by the defense—reversing an earlier decision to protect her from questioning. Prosecutors have not indicted that Wendi was involved in the murder.

Markel—who was a rising star in the legal academy, due in part to founding PrawfsBlawg—was shot in the head in his driveway on July 19, 2014, and died the following day. He and Wendi Adelson had divorced in 2012 but were still wrangling in court over their two children at the time. Dan had recently asked a judge to prohibit Donna Adelson from having unsupervised visitation with the couple’s boys on the grounds that she was saying disparaging things about him in their presence. (Wendi Adelson has since changed the boys’ last name to Adelson from Markel, and Dan Markel’s parents have not seen the boys in more than three years.)

The case seemed to have gone cold until 2016, when police arrested Garcia and Rivera. They used toll booth camera footage to track the duo’s journey from Miami to Tallahassee in a light- colored Prius, a lead provided by a witness on the day of the shooting. They also had surveillance footage of the Prius tailing Markel the morning he was killed.

Rivera, a member of the Latin Kings gang, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October of 2016 and received a seven-year sentence to be served in addition to a 12-year prison sentence that he is currently serving on unrelated charges. He told police that Garcia pulled the trigger and that Magbanua was involved in the plot—for which they were to be paid $100,000—but could not identify the source of the money.

That remains the crux of the matter, as Solomon sees it.

“I have faith in the police department and state attorney’s office that they will ultimately indict Donna and Charlie Adelson, with as much evidence as they have,” he said. “Not just for people like me who know and care about Dan and his boys, but I just think this is an important test for our legal system. Can rich people get away with murder just by paying other people to take the fall?”

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September 19, 2019 at 02:00PM

Florida couple caught having sex in patrol car after DUI arrest

By Erik Avanier – Reporter, Garrett Pelican – Digital executive producer

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Deputies say a Florida couple arrested on suspicion of cycling under the influence on Friday the 13th didn’t let that stop them from having sex in the back of a patrol car.

This bizarre episode unfolded about 11:40 p.m. that night in Fernandina Beach, according to their arrest reports. A Nassau County deputy stopped the couple after they were nearly struck by a car they cut off while crossing South Fletcher Avenue. Smelling alcohol, the deputy placed both under arrest.

Things took a sordid turn when the arresting deputy noticed the couple had shed their clothes and were starting to have sex in the back of his patrol car. When deputies opened the car door to intervene, the naked man knocked a deputy to the ground and took off running into the night.

Read more here.

“Chicago Man Fraudulently Accrued 42 Million Delta SkyBonus Points, U.S. Says”

SkyBonus points are earned through a corporate loyalty program through which companies can accrue points that can be redeemed for free flights and rewards from the airline. According to the indictment, filed on Wednesday in United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Mr. Podolsky created a SkyBonus account for a corporation called RGI International with which he is not affiliated.

Mr. Podolsky, 43, would link flights that he booked for clients of Vega International Travel Services, where he worked as a travel agent, to RGI International’s SkyBonus account, allowing him to “fraudulently accrue” points, the indictment said.

“Mr. Podolsky’s conduct relating to that program was not fraudulent,” his lawyer, Seth D. Kirschenbaum, said in a statement, adding that “the suggestion that Mr. Podolsky’s conduct somehow disadvantaged his clients is equally unfounded.”

via CrimProf Blog

September 13, 2019 at 11:24PM