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Gerard-BaldieGerard Baldie of Fort Lauderdale, Florida surrendered to police Thursday to face DUI hit-and-run charges for his alleged involvement in a car crash that killed Steven Olivert and Danielle Baldwin two years ago.

Baldie is charged with vehicular manslaughter, DUI manslaughter, and leaving the scene of a fatal crash. He was ordered held on $153,000 bond. He must remain under house arrest in Broward County if he posts bail. He must also undergo psychological screening. The press did not name an attorney for Baldie.

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Kansas_state_trooper-2-300x201In Kansas, Governor Jeff Coyler has signed a bill into law imposing strict reporting requirements on law enforcement in cases of civil asset forfeiture. The changes bring transparency to the state’s forfeiture procedures and may lead to further reforms.

In a statement, Coyler said the new law, “will allow us to better protect Kansans’ property rights while also ensuring law enforcement have the tools they need to be effective.”

State Rep. Gail Finney (D–Wichita), who spearheaded the state’s reform, says the law represents a good first step but that more far-reaching changes will be needed. Continue reading

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Warren-Seckler-236x300Warren Seckler of Boca Raton, Florida was arrested on March 28 after he allegedly traveled to a McDonald’s to meet with a parent and her 14-year-old daughter for sex, police said.

Seckler, 64, faces charges of using a computer to lure a child and traveling to meet a child. He is being held at Palm Beach County main jail on $53,000 bond. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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Marcos-Gonzalez-Balboa-222x300Marcos Gonzalez-Balboa of Hialeah, Florida was arrested on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the hit-and-run death of Tatum Holloway of Cape Town, South Africa.

Gonzalez-Balboa, 65, faces charges of vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. He is being held on $75,000 bond. He will be placed on house arrest and won’t be allowed to drive if he manages to post bail. It is unclear if he has sought legal representation.

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Fbi_badge-231x300Dan Johnson, a Fifth Circuit Solicitor in South Carolina, is under investigation by the FBI after an investigation into questionable use of funds from civil asset forfeiture funds.

Johnson’s spending records were recently obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the watchdog organization, Public Access to Public Records (PAPR). They show that on April 14, 2017, Johnson moved $10,000 from a fund containing the proceeds from civil asset forfeiture to a credit card which he used to pay for travel in South America. Continue reading