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Dominic Graham, former Louisiana College Linebacker, Arrested for Burglary

August 11th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Pineville Police Department reports that Dominic Graham, former linebacker for Louisiana College, has been arrested and charged with five counts of simple burglary, which occurred on campus. Graham was placed in custody following his arrest in late May.

Police received a tip from a security officer who noticed an unattended vehicle with an open trunk. According to security, the assailant ran to his car and fled before security had the opportunity to reach the man. Security was able to turn over a photograph of the man’s license plate, leading to Graham.

It was soon discovered that the man had burglarized a campus building. Among the missing merchandise were keyboards, mouse controllers, and computers. Sgt. Kimberly Mixon reports that Graham was responsible for several other on-campus burglaries committed last March.

In Louisiana, a person can be charged with burglary if they unlawfully enter a structure with intent to commit a crime. Burglary should not be confused with robbery, which is the use of fear or intimidation to take another’s property. Several types of burglary exist in Louisiana such as residential, commercial, vehicle, vessel, or cargo and many factors can affect the sentencing.

Due to the nature of burglary offenses, false accusations are common. Often there are no witnesses to the crime, which leads to a degree of uncertainty. A mistake in identity often leads to a false arrest.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a burglary, Bloom Legal can help. We are dedicated to protecting our client’s rights and interests. Call 504-599-9997 or email us at today for a free legal consultation.

Jell-O Shots Found on Alleged Drunk Driver

June 5th, 2014 | Posted in DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

The popular Jell-O shot style beverage found on Cathy Sanchez. Photo courtesy of

The popular Jell-O shot style beverage found on Cathy Sanchez. Photo courtesy of

Cathy Sanchez, 28 year old Minnesota resident, was pulled over on May 31 after she was spotted driving sloppily. During the 2 a.m. stop, Glydon police noticed a few things that indicated the woman might have been intoxicated. The police claimed that Sanchez smelt of alcohol, her eyes were bloodshot, and she was not speaking clearly.

Police have reported that her blood-alcohol level was at 0.136. During a search of her body, police discovered that Sanchez had three Jell-O shots in her pockets.

Sanchez now faces several charges. Her charges include two counts of driving while impaired, one count of providing an officer with a false name, and one count of driving after a cancellation.

If you have been charged with driving drunk, you have the right to legal representation. The New Orleans criminal defense law firm, Bloom Legal, can help you. Call (504)-599-9997 for a free legal consultation today.

Driver involved in Loyola student’s death charged with vehicular homicide

July 27th, 2012 | Posted in DUI/DWI, NOPD by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Leonard Feller was arrested and charged for driving while intoxicated and vehicular negligent injury after colliding and killing Loyola University student Matthew Chuey early Thursday morning.

Additional charges of vehicular homicide have been added to Feller’s booking after Chuey died from his injuries at Interim LSU Public Hospital. Vehicular homicide convictions carry between 5-30 years and a fine of at least $2,000 but no more than $15,000.

Chuey is being awarded his degree posthumously by the University, needing only one more class to complete his bachelor’s degree.

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New Orleans father arrested after infant daughter’s death

July 27th, 2012 | Posted in NOPD by Seth Bloom | 1 Comment »

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Tommy White was arrested and held on the charge of negligent homicide after finding his 3-month old daughter face down in a pan with melted ice water.

Records indicate White placed a bag of ice in a pan next to his bed prior to going to sleep so he could have something cold to drink when necessary. When he awoke the following morning, he found his daughter face down in the pan filled with the melted ice water.

Autopsy results are pending to discover whether her death came as a result of drowning or hypothermia but the NOPD concluded that White was negligent in his care for his daughter so he was arrested and charged.

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Cybill Shepherd’s Son Arrested at Philly Int’l

January 17th, 2010 | Posted in National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Cybill Shepherd’s son was detained at Philadelphia International Airport early Tuesday morning after being accused of stealing from the carry-on luggage of two passengers, police said.

A witness told authorities they saw Cyrus Zachariah Shepherd-Oppenheim, 22, take items out of the luggage, police said.

This allegedly happened on a United Airways Flight from San Francisco into Philadelphia. Shepherd-Oppenheim was traveling back to school at the University of Pennsylvania where he is a junior Pre-Law major.

“Another individual let the complainant know that they believe that the defendant had taken some items from that bag,” said Philadelphia Police Lt. Frank Venore. “[The individual] didn’t know that wasn’t his bag at that time.”

Cybill Shepherd and Cyrus Zackariah Shepherd-Oppenheim in 2005.

Cyrus Shepard

A camera belonging to one of the victims — a fellow UPenn student — was found on Cyrus’ seat and the rest of her missing items were found in a trash can in one of the plane’s lavatories, police said.

Money and documents were taken from the second victim’s luggage and his travel folder was also found in the lavatory trash can.

Shepherd’s son was arrested and taken to the holding cell at the airport where the police say those missing documents were later recovered.

Police took custody of Shepherd-Oppenheim after 5:30 a.m. and in their news release said the stolen items included, “a Cannon digital camera, leather make-up case, small travel bag and United States Currency.”

“We had enough probable cause with the witness identification and the complainant statements along with the evidence recovered to charge him,” said Venore.

Shepherd-Oppenheim was charged with two counts of theft, which are misdemeanor charges.

The young man’s council, Philadelphia defense attorney Bill Brennan, said the charges are “serious, but minor.”

“As things shake out, it is my belief that there may be no criminality here whatsoever,” Brennan said as he stood outside Southwest Detectives at 55th and Pine Streets.

Brennan also represents another Philadelphia headliner — accused sex-for-World Series tickets “buxom blonde” Susan Finkelstein.

Former state Sen. Derrick Shepherd jailed after his bond is revoked

January 15th, 2010 | Posted in Legislation, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | 1 Comment »

By Laura Maggi, The Times-Picayune
January 15, 2010, 4:00PM

11wbshepherd4Susan Poag / The Times-PicayuneAs his attorney John Reed, his mother Margie H. Richardson and father Eddie Shepherd stand by his side,State Sen. Derrick Shepherd,second from right, apologizes to his family and constituents after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering at the federal courthouse on October 10, 2008. His bond was revoked Friday and he was jailed after being arrested on outstanding warrants. A federal judge ordered former state Sen. Derrick Shepherd to jail on Friday, where he will remain until his February sentencing on corruption charges.

The decision by U.S. Judge Carl Barbier included revoking Shepherd’s bond, which had allowed him to remain free on bond after he pleaded guilty in a federal money laundering conspiracy.

Jim Letten.JPGThe Times-PicayuneJim Letten

The judge’s actions come on the heels of Shepherd’s arrest earlier this week on outstanding warrants, including one in New Orleans for domestic violence. According to New Orleans Municipal Court documents, Shepherd last February hit a woman and bit her. He is scheduled to stand trial in that case next week.

“One of the warrants is from last February and arose from a disagreement with a woman friend, ” Shepherd’s lawyer, John Reed, is reported as telling the Associated Press earlier this week.

Shepherd was arrested in Jefferson Parish in 2008 after he broke into his ex-girlfriend Thaise Ashford’s home, punched her in the stomach and took her cell phone and $100.

Those are seperate charges and are pending, according to court records.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said that until Shepherd’s arrest, federal prosecutors did not know he had any outstanding warrants.

“When we found this out, we brought this to the attention of the court,” Letten said.

A minute entry filed in the federal court record shows that a federal prosecutor filed two documents under seal before the judge ordered Shepherd to be remanded into custody.

South Dakota woman prosecutors claim had record BAC of .709 pleads not guilty to DWI charge Sturgis, SD

January 13th, 2010 | Posted in DUI/DWI, National Issues, Traffic by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Sturgis woman who prosecutors say was arrested with a blood-alcohol level almost nine times the legal driving limit, has pleaded not guilty in Sturgis to driving under the influence.

Marguerite Engle, 45, entered the plea Tuesday in Meade County Magistrate Court in Sturgis. Engle was arrested Dec. 1 when she was found passed out behind the wheel of a stolen delivery van along Interstate 90.

Meade County State’s Attorney Jesse Sondreal said Wednesday that other charges against Engle will be presented to a grand jury on Thursday, Jan. 14. Those include driving under the influence, misdemeanor marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and not having a valid driver’s license.

Sondreal earlier said Engle had a blood-alcohol level of .708 percent, possibly a state record, when she was found behind the wheel of the vehicle parked on I-90.

A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper discovered Engle passed out behind the wheel of a delivery truck reported stolen from Rapid City.

Her blood-alcohol level was almost nine times South Dakota’s legal limit of .08 percent.

Engle’s reading may be the highest ever recorded in South Dakota, Sondreal said.

Sondreal said a state chemist recalled a sample that tested .53, but nothing higher, in his more than 30 years on the job.

Dr. Robert Looyenga, who recently retired from the Rapid City Police Department’s forensic laboratory, told Sondreal that the highest blood-alcohol sample he tested measured .56 percent.

Sondreal’s research indicates that a blood-alcohol level of .40 is considered a lethal dose for about 50 percent of the population.

“Engle’s was almost double that,” Sondreal said.

After she was found, Engle was hospitalized and freed on bond.

She failed to appear in court on Dec. 15, but Sturgis police located her Jan. 4 in another stolen car sitting in a ditch along S.D. Highway 34 near Fort Meade.

Engle was arrested for second offense driving under the influence and taken to jail. She is being held without bond.

Sondreal said Engle has been living in a hotel after recently moving here from Minnesota.

Engle is most likely facing charges in Pennington County since both vehicles were stolen in Rapid City, Sondreal said.

Charges dropped against city investigator in child rape case

January 9th, 2010 | Posted in Courts, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

By Gwen Filosa, The Times-Picayune
January 09, 2010, 1:04PM

Prosecutors have dropped a criminal case against an investigator for the Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office, months after a dramatic court hearing in which she was led away in handcuffs and accused of kidnapping the alleged victims in a child rape case in order to get an interview.

Emily Beasley, 22, was facing a simple kidnapping charge and a contempt of court conviction on July 15. But by Dec. 16, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office refused charges after all.

“Cooler heads prevailed, ” said Chief Public Defender Derwyn Bunton. “She was doing her job. Emily continues to work for us and she has been fully reinstated.”

Judge Frank Marullo had earlier dismissed the contempt of court charge against Beasley for speaking with the two girls at the center of the rape case outside their home.

Troy Harris, 40, is due to stand trial on aggravated rape, kidnapping and indecent behavior with a juvenile under age 13 on Feb. 24 at Criminal District Court. He remains jailed without bond.

Harris is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl two years ago while her younger sister watched.

Beasley visited the two girls on July 9 after their mother told the defenders office not to speak to her or her children, the mother testified in July.

Beasley spent at least one hour talking to the girls on the steps of a church across the street from their apartment building, prosecutors said.

What prosecutors and Marullo called a violation of Louisiana law protecting victims of crime, the public defenders program called fair representation of indigent defendants that the New Orleans system hadn’t seen since Hurricane Katrina dismantled the office and a new wave of defense lawyers arrived.

If convicted of the rape charge, Harris will receive mandatory life in prison.

Two months after the July hearing, public defender Kendall Green, who was found in contempt of court in the matter but by September the case was reversed by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, withdrew his office from representing Harris.

Marullo appointed Arthur “Buddy” Lemann III to defend Harris.

“Passions run high when children are involved, ” Bunton said, explaining the initial kidnapping arrest for Beasley. “The right call was made.”

Former Tulane-Football Player Found Guilty in French Quarter Stabbing

June 30th, 2008 | Posted in Local Issues, Sports by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Last week Ray Boudreaux Jr., 23, a former Tulane football player was found guilty for attempted manslaughter and is subject to 60 years in prison. In September 2007, According to the Times Picayune, Bourdeaux was caught on surveillance stabbing a victim at the end of a “Bourbon Street Brawl”. The multiple victims suffered stab wounds as well as irreversible brain damage. The Defendant’s attorneys argued Boudreaux was acting in self-defense, presenting an alternative surveillance tape of the victims viciously beating a member of Boudreaux’s party. Additionally, Boudreaux testified that he was forced to drive himself and two brothers to safety after the mob had “pounded” the men. However, unfortunately for the Defendant, the jury did not accept this excuse.

How can one prove self-defense?

Self-defense is often asserted by a Defendant charged with a crime of violence; such as battery or assault with a deadly weapon. The defendant admits to the charged crime; however, they justify their crimes due to the aggressor’s actions. An individual has the right to protect him/herself. You do not have to wait to defend yourself until you are physically attacked, if a reasonable person can find your act of defense was to prevent the physical harm by the aggressor and the force of the defense was reasonable, you may not be guilty of the charged crime. If you or someone you know has been charged with a violent crime and believe the crime was a result of self-defense seek legal representation.

Britney Spears’ Depo — Will She Get Arrested?

January 2nd, 2008 | Posted in Celebrity Justice by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

britney_spears.jpgCommissioner Gordon signed a specific court order in mid-December, specifically ordering Britney Spears to attend the deposition that had already been ordered by the court to occur, and which had been scheduled at least twice prior to that court-ordered date. 

Her reason for the last no-show?  She was sick, although TMZ reported that she out playing with friends later that same day.

What happens if Britney doesn’t show to this January deposition? Will she get arrested? Continue Reading »

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