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- Tennessee Weapons. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill (S.B. 519) into law that will clarify the state’s handgun laws. The state already allows employers to permit handguns in the workplace. The new law specifies that the decision to permit handguns in the workplace does not create an unsafe workplace. Vermont Crime. A new bill (H. 16) introduced in Vermont would amend the state’s criminal code to make it a crime to knowingly and intentionally post false and defamatory information to an Internet Web site. The bill would also amend the definition of Internet harassment to include posting on a Web site as a form of electronic communication.    

Fraud

- A federal appeals court has upheld the fraud conviction of former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling. The court heard Skilling’s appeal after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the “honest services” provision of the federal fraud statute. Read how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the conviction, ruling that even if the convictions related to the honest services provision were thrown out, sufficient evidence remained to prove that Skilling had conspired with others to manipulate Enron’s earnings and conceal its losses.  

Morning Security Brief: Border Violence, Trusted Traveler, E-Verify Suggestions, And more

- DHS documents contradict claims of cartel violence in Arizona. Travelers are willing to pay to expedite screening at airports. Skeptics of E-Verify say that it will hurt the U.S. economy. The Chinese have a new drone. And more.

Justice Department Launches Site to Review Effectiveness of Criminal Justice Programs

- Wednesday marked the official launch of CrimeSolutions.gov, the new Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Web site designed to provide researchers and policymakers, with credible information on the effectiveness of a wide range of criminal justice programs. The site includes more than 150 justice-related programs and assigns ratings based on how well a program was able to achieve its intended purpose.

Morning Security Brief: Fraud Trends, Police Layoffs, and Cybersecurity

- Latest corporate crime trends revealed. Study shows police layoffs are penny wise and pound foolish. And Secret Service testifies on cybercrime role.

Morning Security Brief: Nuclear Plants, Food Safety, Criminal Sentencing, and More

- Nuclear Regulatory Commission criticized; FDA announces plans to focus on safety of imported foods; Sentencing Reform in the U.K. And more.

Morning Security Brief: Citigroup Hacked, New Facebook Feature Under Fire, Security Woefully Lacking in South African Hospitals

- Citigroup has suffered a compromise of sensitive customer information. Facebook's facial recognition tagging plan criticized. And group charges that private security is ill-trained and ill-equipped in South African public hospitals.

Morning Security Brief: DHS Unit Hamstrung, Organized Retail Crime, Bogus DHS Letter, FISMA

- The DHS unit on domestic terrorism unrelated to Islam has been effectively silenced. Metro New York City and North New Jersey are hotbeds for organized retail theft. Scam letters are falsely threatening people with arrest. The DHS has released new reporting metrics for FISMA.

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

- A former FBI special agent gives the ultimate insider look at the $6-billion-a-year art theft business.

Retail Security South of the Border

- How the head of security at a major Mexican retailer deals with its high-risk environment using an intelligence-based approach.

Standards Body Tells Companies to Take Initiative in the Fight Against Global Counterfeiting

- Businesses reliant on the global supply chain have to take on more responsibility in the fight against counterfeit merchandise, rather than relying on law enforcement, the American National Standards Institute says.

Crime Scene Photography, Second Edition

- Crime Scene Photography addresses a technically sensitive practice with great accuracy.

Lack of Text Message Storage May Hinder Law Enforcement

- Text messages can sometimes be helpful in criminal investigations, but the messages are stored so briefly by telephone companies that it can often be challenging for law enforcement to obtain them.
 




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