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Archives for: February 21st, 2014

Abuse or Racism? Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and His Disorderly Conduct Controversy

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The following dialogue between Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and his arresting officer Sergeant James Crowley should have never taken place in a country that was founded on the principles of individual freedom. And yet, it was enough for Gates to simply yell at Crowley on the steps of his own home – not threaten or even clench his fist in a violent manner – for the police officer to charge the professor with disorderly conduct [...]

Christmas: ‘Tis the Season for Stealing

For most Americans, Christmas presents are found in Santa Claus’s generous bag or, at least, in the wallets of their friends and family. Some people, however, decide to take matters into their own hands and simply steal the goods they want to find under the tree on Christmas Eve.

One in every eleven people who walk through the doors of a store is likely to walk out with at least one item they didn’t pay for. Most offenders are amateurs [...]

An Overview of Criminal Law and Defense in America

Criminal law is a complicated thing. While necessary for maintaining a safe society and designed to protect the rights of the citizens, the criminal justice system can seem intimidating and cruel, with draconian penalties and severe social consequences. Here we take a look at the criminal law in America and how to stay protected when facing conviction.

 

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Saved by Science? Questioning Mandatory Life without Parole for Juveniles

Recently, scientists have discovered that the brain does not fully mature until the early 20s, and the last to mature are the areas responsible for controlling impulses and considering the consequences of one’s actions. In fact, there is evidence suggesting that the process of brain development is gradual and based on an individual rate of development, making an official age separating juveniles from adults arbitrary, at best.

 

Multiple studies of the human brain show that the cerebral cortex, which [...]

Probation Violations: You May Have Another Shot

There’s a funny song about a parolee sitting at a bar telling the bartender how he violated his parole “to have a good time,” tells the bartender all about his exploits, then says, “They’ll probably give me ten years, so just give me beer til they get here.” Well, it’s funny unless you, yourself, have just violated probation and you’re sitting at the proverbial bar with that same, sinking feeling, reflecting on what you’ve done and what’s bound to happen [...]

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New Year, New Domestic Violence Charges in IL?

Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

As far as the state of Illinois is concerned, the family unit needs to be protected. Therefore, when violence erupts between people who share a particular relationship in the state, it’s a crime that is taken very seriously.

Domestic violence is an issue that the state of Illinois has enacted laws in an attempt to curb its occurrence. Being found guilty once of a crime of domestic violence can cause you legal problems, but continuing to have issues in the [...]

Charged with One of These Common IL New Year’s Eve Crimes?

Public Intoxication | Assault | Criminal Defense | Property Crimes

You’ve counted down the last moments of 2022, and now 2023 is here – it’s time for a fresh start. However, moving on from the previous year can be a bit more complicated if you’re facing criminal charges from the last minutes of 2022.

Some crimes commonly get people arrested in Illinois on New Year’s Eve. But just because they’re common doesn’t mean they’re not serious. Quite a few common crimes perpetrated on the last day of the year can [...]

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