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first_imgJustices: State RICO Law Can Apply To Street CrimesDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that street-level crimes may be prosecuted under the state’s version of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act if the crimes aren’t isolated, affirming an Anderson man’s conviction of corrupt business influence related to a string of robberies.Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote for the court in Ashonta Kenya Jackson v. State of Indiana, 48S02-1509-CR-554, that while the federal RICO act requires a continuing pattern of racketeering activities, Indiana’s corrupt business influence law requires a pattern of racketeering activities that were not isolated events.Ashonta Kenya Jackson drove a getaway car for a crew of younger men who robbed a liquor store twice and later a bank in October 2013. Jackson was charged with three counts of Class B felony robbery, and because of the nature of the crimes, the prosecutor also charged Class C felony corrupt business influence. Jackson was convicted on all counts and sentenced to 63 years in prison as he was also adjudicated a habitual offender.“Jackson was the mastermind behind each robbery, plotting the crimes and supervising his recruits. The blueprint he developed let him bear little risk, keeping a safe distance while his accomplices carried out the crimes and waiting to rendezvous with his crew until afterward. And Jackson’s coordination of the crimes became more sophisticated over time,” Rush wrote.“The third armed robbery involved a riskier target, a bank — and a savvier design, calling in a bomb threat to a local school in an effort to distract law enforcement. There is no indication that Jackson’s goal was short-lived and that he would have stopped after the third robbery; rather, the evidence points to the opposite conclusion. In sum, we hold that the fact-finder could reasonably infer from the nature of the crimes that they were not isolated or sporadic.”The case was remanded to the trial court to revise the sentencing order regarding which offense was enhanced by Jackson’s habitual offender judgment.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Buys Wegmans’ First Bottle of Wine to Go in Pennsylvania, Celebrates Additional Consumer Convenience Under Act 39 Liquor Reforms Liquor Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf joined Wegmans executives and others to toast sales of wine to go, which began this morning at the Mechanicsburg Wegmans located at 6416 Carlisle Pike.“As I have always said, my goal is to modernize the sale of liquor, wine, and beer in order to bring Pennsylvania’s wine and spirits system into the 21st Century,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I applaud the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and Wegmans for working together to enhance the customer experience by providing greater convenience and satisfaction to the people of central Pennsylvania.“From large grocery chains like Wegmans and Giant Eagle to sub shops like Super Sub & Six Pak in Dubois, and from specialty restaurants like Winedown Café in West Reading to bottle shops like Below Deck inside the Boat House in Conshohocken, additional access and convenience are popping up all across Pennsylvania, just within the last couple of weeks.”As of Wednesday afternoon, the PLCB had received 243 requests for wine expanded permits authorizing the sale of wine to go, and it had issued 120.The Mechanicsburg Wegmans is the first of 17 Pennsylvania Wegmans stores to begin selling wine to go, and it is anticipated all Wegmans locations in Pennsylvania will offer a robust selection of hundreds of wines at various prices this fall.  Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 90-store supermarket chain with locations in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.Wegmans and the PLCB initially met in early August so both organizations could begin to collaboratively plan and develop the processes for a system-wide roll out of wine to go at Wegmans stores across Pennsylvania. A limited pilot program – intended to test and refine processes for forecasting product needs, planning replenishment orders, and delivering wine from a PLCB distribution center directly to the store – was developed for the Mechanicsburg Wegmans location.On August 26, Wegmans submitted its first order through the PLCB’s Licensee Online Order Portal (LOOP), an Internet-based system that allows licensees to order wine and spirits at any time from home or office.  Wegmans received its wine expanded permit on Monday, August 29, then received its first wine delivery directly from a PLCB distribution center yesterday at the Mechanicsburg store.“This pilot program with Wegmans promises to be very successful, and as we continue discussions with a number of large chain retailers interested in selling wine to go, we will be encouraging development of similar, limited pilot programs to ensure successful broad-scale roll-outs,” said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden at today’s event.  “Wegmans’ introduction of wine-to-go sales is the culmination of great teamwork and collaboration, and the PLCB is ready and eager to achieve similar success with many more wine-to-go retailers across Pennsylvania.”Recognizing consumers’ interest in buying local and the significant impact that Pennsylvania wines and spirits have on Pennsylvania’s agriculture and tourism industries, Wegmans’ initial wine offerings include wines from Pennsylvania wineries Moon Dancer Winery, Cider House, and Tap Room in York County and Nissley Vineyards & Winery in Lancaster County.“Not only do these liquor reforms give our homegrown winemakers more retail outlets where they can sell their wines, but under Act 39, Pennsylvania wineries, distilleries, and breweries can also now sell each other’s products, said Governor Wolf.  “This will allow them to offer more variety to consumers, appeal to new customers, and grow their businesses and local economies.”Following a Champagne toast to wine-to-go sales at Wegmans, Governor Wolf perused the Mechanicsburg store’s wine and beer selections, purchasing the first bottle of wine sold there under its new wine-to-go license.“Today’s celebration is a testament to the tremendous potential of public-private partnerships, illustrating that government can in fact be professional, responsive, and helpful business partners to the private sector,” said Governor Wolf.  “The PLCB has achieved a great deal in a very short period of time, and they are to be commended for the fast thinking and thoughtful problem-solving that has enabled today’s celebration and the overall transformation of the beverage alcohol industry in Pennsylvania that will continue for months and years to come.”Additional liquor reforms introduced earlier this month include expanded Sunday hours and the sale of Pennsylvania Lottery tickets at Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores and dramatically expanded direct wine shipping options for Pennsylvania residents.In coming months, the PLCB will explore customer loyalty programs, pricing flexibility, a new special liquor order portal and the auction of expired restaurant licenses authorized by Act 39.center_img September 01, 2016last_img read more