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Homosexuality Becomes a Crime in India

Friday, December 13th, 2013

By Mary Ann Gorman “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” is now potentially looking at a ten year prison sentence, ruled the Supreme Court. Back in 2009, a law that banned homosexuality was ruled against by a lower court and the country celebrated it as [...]

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Supreme Court Issues Controversial Decision Limiting Right to Silence

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The Supreme Court issued a controversial decision this week, ruling that a criminal suspect’s refusal to answer a question posed by a police officer before an arrest can be used against that suspect at trial, according to a report from the New York Times. The decision, which will likely have sweeping consequences for criminal procedure [...]

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Washington State Police Officers Training Dogs to Ignore Marijuana

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

As a small number of states begin legalizing marijuana possession, police department have had to take creative measures to adjust their drug enforcement tactics. One interesting change in Washington state, for example, is that police officers are now training drug-sniffing dogs to ignore marijuana, according to a report from Fox News. Sources say Washington passed [...]

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Law Student Tells Police Officer His Rights

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

By Mary Ann Pekara A law student walking down the street visibly carrying a gun, in an open carry state, was stopped by a police officer. The officer took the gun from the student and asked for identification. The student refused to give identification and asked if he was suspected of committing a crime. The [...]

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Religion and Crime: Is There a Correlation?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

With secularism on the rise in the U.S. several studies for and against religion have flooded the airwaves. Some people say that an unaffiliated person would be more likely to commit a crime (as they lack moral judgement that religion provides) while others counter that a religious person is more likely to commit a crime [...]

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Daley Nephew Pleads Not Guilty

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

By Bob Negele Richard Vanecko, nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, pleaded not guilty in court on charges of involuntary manslaughter which stemmed from an incident in 2004. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the nephew of the iconic mayor will fight the charges against him. The charges arose from a highly publicized incident in [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court Ignores Illinois’ Plea to Ban Recording of Police

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

By Bob Negele Illinois had a very controversial law that banned the video or audio recording of police officers on the job.  The so-called “Illinois’ eavesdropping law” was one of the harshest of its kind in the country; a felony, with a maximum of 15 years in prison. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the [...]

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“Three Strikes and You’re Out!” Changes in CA

Friday, November 9th, 2012

By Mary Ann Pekara “Three Strikes and You’re Out!” Yes, the term comes from baseball, but it also refers to our criminal justice system. This statute states that a person’s third felony conviction yields a lifetime prison sentence. These sentences are typically given without the possibility of parole for at least the first 25 years. [...]

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The High Cost of Capital Punishment

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Capital punishment has become one of the most controversial topics in the United States. Each year, a handful of inmates in the United States wait to meet their fate on death row after being convicted of felonious charges or drug charges. While some would say the cost of each prisoner that would serve life in [...]

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Police Increasingly Use Social Media Websites to Fight Crime

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Law enforcement officials are increasingly turning to social media networks to help fight crime, according to a recent study discussed in a CNBC article. Four out of five police investigators have admitted to using social media in their efforts to catch criminals, according to a fascinating survey conducted by LexisNexis. The websites used most frequently [...]

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