Drugs, Outlaws, Fraud, Pollution, Endangered Species, and a Baby Named Sabrina

James M. Denham

in Fifty Years of Justice

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2015 | ISBN: 9780813060491
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780813050638 | DOI:
Drugs, Outlaws, Fraud, Pollution, Endangered Species, and a Baby Named Sabrina

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Beginning with the theme of increasing federal jurisdiction of law enforcement, the chapter deals with the recurring theme of overcrowded dockets and the frustrations of some judges. A number of Middle Florida district judges and chief justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist were among those to speak out against the increasing federalization of crime. Drug prosecutions continued to consume much docket space and some of the most high-profile cases of the 1990s are documented. The federal forfeiture program and how it operated in the Middle District is discussed. Next the chapter turns to the use of the RICO statue to prosecute drug dealers and an extensive coverage of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang’s prosecution is included. Next the chapter turns to fraud prosecutions in the federal courts, including the Columbia/HCA Medicare Fraud, William and Chantal McCorkle, and Pastor Henry Lyons of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. Next the chapter turns to prosecuting polluters and protecting endangered species under federal law. A number of important polluter cases and an important case to protect nesting sea turtles are discussed. Finally the chapter turns to the kidnapping case of baby Sabrina Aisenberg, and the prosecution and subsequent acquittal of her parents.

Keywords: Drug Wars; Outlaw Motorcycle Gang; Harry “Taco” Bowman; Pollution; Endangered Species; Baby Sabrina Kidnapping; Columbia/HCA Medicare Fraud; William and Chantal McCorkle; F. Lee Bailey; National Baptist Convention U.S.A

Chapter.  8889 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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