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Wisconsin high school students up against drug charges

Generally speaking, Wisconsin parents do not want drugs in the schools their children attend. But parents also realize that children make mistakes. When these mistakes include drug possession, or possession with intent to sell, parents are understandably concerned about what will happen to their kids. Some Wisconsin parents may have these issues in mind after three students were allegedly caught with marijuana at a local high school.

When DNA Contamination is Given a Fancy Name

Some Wisconsin Crime Laboratory DNA analysts are now using the term "adventitious DNA" when unexpected/inappropriate DNA is found in controls during their tests, instead of calling it what it is -- contamination.  They must use a thesaurus in the lab and search for the most obscure terms they can find to hide their mistakes!  Because the definitions I find for adventitious are more like "unexpected" or "fortuitous" or "extrinsic."  Yes, contamination may also fit that definition to some degree, but when DNA is found in a control (that is, a sample with a known value) it may reflect poorly on the lab and/or analyst. 

Internet sex crimes charges against Wisconsin man

Readers of this blog are likely aware that the law can take a very harsh stand against sex crimes, even if they only occur on the Internet, as viewing or even discussing underage sexual contact is taken very seriously. With that in mind, readers may be interested in the case of a 30-year-old Wisconsin man who is now facing half a dozen felony charges related to child enticement.

Police make drug charges against two young adults in Janesville

When a report of a Wisconsin arrest on drug-related offenses is publicized, it often sounds ominous, and certainly drug charges are serious business. But initial media reports of drug trafficking and other allegations are usually not much more than summaries of police representations, and it is typical that the authorities want to make their report as compelling as possible. But sometimes the individuals charged get lost in the shuffle. In the rush to persuade a court that an arrest was warranted, police sometimes overstate charges. For instance, a police report might make an amount of marijuana sound more substantial by recording the amount in grams rather than in ounces, which seems to be the case in one instance where about one ounce of marijuana was purportedly confiscated and recorded as 25.9 grams.

Wisconsin man accused of conning and drug trafficking

In addition to claims that he illegally deceived a number of local store clerks, police allege that a Wisconsin man was also dealing drugs. Prosecutors claim the man took illegal advantage of roughly 50 businesses in the last few months. This past summer, police arrested the man but lacked enough evidence to charge him. However, on Oct. 20, policed charged the man with drug trafficking after they purportedly found cocaine in his residence allegedly wrapped for resale.

Sex offender must register DNA for life

Illinois police arrested a 20-year-old man on child pornography charges this March, and on October 12 he was found guilty of one count of aggravated possession of child pornography. According to the Wheaton police, an undercover internet investigation prompted the arrest. While this particular incident did not involve direct sexual exploitation of a child, some may claim that viewing child pornography constitutes exploitation in and of itself. As part of the man's sentencing conditions, DuPage County officials were cooperating with the Wisconsin Department of Probation to allow for the man to move to Wisconsin to be near relatives while serving out his prison term.

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