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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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Fighting With Your Roommate? It Can Lead to IL Domestic Battery

Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

When police are called to the scene of two people fighting, there are several possible scenarios that can occur after that point. If the two people live in the same household, there is a chance that the crime of domestic battery can be charged.

When most people think of domestic battery charges, they imagine it’s something that a person can be charged with if they fight with the spouse or significant other – not simply a person that’s your roommate. [...]

How Do You Legally Transport Marijuana in Illinois?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

Illinois is one of the states that has legalized marijuana, both recreationally and medicinally. While this makes many Illinois residents happy, it’s important to realize that this legalization isn’t a free pass. You can’t do anything you want with marijuana anywhere you please just because you’re over 21.

In fact, there are some really strict rules about marijuana in the state, including how to transport it. If you’re caught violating these rules, then you can face criminal penalties – even [...]

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