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What is the Florida Department of Corrections Hiding?

The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) has enacted a new policy forbidding investigators from discussing or releasing documents from DOC investigations to the public and Florida legislators. Under the new policy, all employees of the Office of Inspector General, the office that investigates criminal wrongdoing or policy violations in the state’s prison system, must sign […]

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Time to Reconsider Police Immunity in Light of Michael Brown?

On November 24, 2014, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced a grand jury did not find probable cause to indict Ferguson Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown while on duty. In this case, there was no question Wilson shot and killed Brown; instead it was up to the grand jury […]

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Michigan Introduces Controversial Rape Insurance Law

Michigan recently enacted the “Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act”. The act bans insurance companies from continuing to include abortion coverage in health plans; instead the act will require individuals or employers to purchase abortion coverage through a separate, optional rider. Currently, 80% of national health insurance plans include abortion coverage [1]. Under the act, an employer […]

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Obama Immigration Reform Still Not Enough for Non-U.S. Citizens with Criminal Convictions

President Obama recently addressed the nation regarding his plans for immigration reform. He began his address by saying that for more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations, but today, our immigration system is broken. In an attempt to fix this, […]

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Federal Judge Approves Detroit Bankruptcy Plan

On Friday, November 7, 2014 the Honorable Judge Steven Rhodes approved a plan to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy. The plan requires strict oversight of the city’s finances in the years ahead by a commission that includes representatives of the state. But the city’s departure from bankruptcy does not mean an end to its challenges. […]

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Sixth Circuit Presses Pause on Recent Gay Marriage Victory

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit recently delivered a major blow to the same-sex marriage movement by denying same-sex couples the right to marry in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. In a 2-1 decision, the 6th Circuit upheld same-sex marriage bans in all four states. Federal judges in those states had previously struck […]

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Florida Court Says Get a Warrant for Real-Time Cell Location

In a groundbreaking decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled law enforcement agencies need a warrant to obtain cell phone location information to track a user’s location in real-time. The case made its way to Florida’s Supreme Court after police obtained cell tower data from a provider without a warrant to track the real-time movements of […]

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What’s in Your Plea Deal?

Attorney General Eric Holder, along with Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, recently announced that the Department of Justice will no longer ask criminal defendants who plead guilty to waive their right to bring future claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. Before this new policy, federally prosecuted defendants taking a plea were routinely required to waive a potential […]

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No Tricks or Treats on Halloween for Registered Sex Offenders

Many states have legislation banning registered sex offenders from participating in Halloween. A 2010 Orange, California ordinance required sex offenders to post a sign on their front door on Halloween that read: “No candy or treats at this residence”. The ordinance was repealed last year after a lawsuit was filed claiming the law was unconstitutional. […]

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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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