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Marijuana Breathalyzer Hits California Streets

The Oakland California Police Department has, for the first time in America, used a marijuana breathalyzer to evaluate impaired drivers [1]. Not only can the device, created by Hound Labs, evaluate impaired drivers, it can also detect recent consumption of marijuana-infused food [1]. The Oakland police conducted initial field tests by pulling over drivers who […]

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Kanye Records Conversation with Taylor Swift, May Face Charges

Kim Kardashian snapchatted a phone conversation that took place between her husband, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift. Amongst the social media firestorm, questions have been raised over whether privacy laws were violated when Kim and Kanye recorded the conversation without informing Taylor. California, where the recording took place, is a two-party consent state, meaning any […]

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Santa Monica Cracks Down on Airbnb Hosts

Santa Monica recently passed some of the nation’s toughest regulations on short-term rentals, and just convicted Airbnb host Scott Shatford of failing to comply with citations after he refused to stop renting out his properties [1]. “Part of the reason for the anti-vacation statute is to make sure that the housing stock is not impacted […]

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Can I Get That in Writing?

If you are a college student in California, get ready to say “yes” before you can have sex. A new California law forces schools to implement policies requiring students to get an unambiguous “yes” from their partner before engaging in any sexual activity. The law is an attempt at improving how universities handle rape and […]

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California Court OKs Using Map App While Driving

In January 2012 Steven Spriggs was driving in Fresno, California when he encountered road construction and activated his iPhone’s map application to find a route around the traffic jam. Mr. Spriggs heard a siren and saw a police officer motioning him to pull over. The officer ticketed Mr. Spriggs for violating California law which prohibits […]

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New California Law Requires Smartphone Kill Switch

Starting in July 2015, every smartphone sold in the state of California will be required to have a feature known as a kill switch [1]. A kill switch allows consumers to disable a phone after the device has been reported stolen and reactivate it only with a correct password or personal identification number. In May, […]

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Federal Judge Finds California Death Penalty Unconstitutional

On July 16, 2014 an Orange County Judge ruled that California’s death penalty violates the United States Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment [1]. According to U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, the state’s death penalty creates long delays and uncertainty for inmates, most of whom will never be executed and the “random few” […]

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California High Court Clarifies Three Strikes Law

Recently the California Supreme Court made a ruling that clarifies the state’s 1994 ‘three strikes’ sentencing law. The ‘three strikes’ law sets sentences of 25 years to life for defendants convicted of violent crimes who have also committed two prior felonies [1]. The California Supreme Court ruled that two felony convictions stemming from a single act […]

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California Senate Passes Fair Sentencing Act

On May 28, California’s Senate passed the California Fair Sentencing Act. The Act addresses the sentencing disparity for offenses involving crack cocaine and powder cocaine. Possession of powder cocaine for sale in California is punishable by incarceration for between 2 and 4 years, while possession of crack cocaine for sale is punishable by incarceration for […]

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California Tries to Prevent Mentally Unstable from Purchasing Firearms

California currently has no way of preventing a mentally unstable person from purchasing or possessing a firearm. A new bill, proposed just days after a mass shooting at a Santa Barbara college campus, seeks to change this. The proposed bill is headed by Democrat State Assemblyman Das Williams. The bill is intended to curb mass […]

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