201407.31
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Former Member Of Destiny’s Child Charged With Disorderly Conduct: What This Means

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Farrah Franklin, a former member of the popular R&B group Destiny’s Child, was recently arrested in South Carolina on charges of disorderly conduct. Franklin, who was only in Destiny’s Child for five months before leaving the group in 2000, was taken in by officers after a night of partying in Myrtle Beach. While disorderly conduct…

201407.24
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Does New Crime-Predicting Software Constitute “Reasonable Suspicion”?

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In order for law enforcement to pull someone over, courts require police to have “reasonable suspicion” for doing so. This suspicion can be raised by something as seemingly slight as “furtive movements” or ducking below the dashboard. But new software is going one step further and aims to put a stop to crime altogether, by…

201407.24
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The Four Most Outrageous Drug Sentences Ever Handed Out

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We all know that drugs are bad and that possessing or selling them is against the law. But sometimes, the mandatory minimum sentence for drug charges far exceeds the crime committed. Is selling a few pills worse than sexual assault or battery charges? Time and time again, mandatory minimum sentences guarantee that people are put…

201407.22
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New Drug Sentencing Guidelines Cut Time In Prison For Thousands

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When it comes to our current court system, the time doesn’t always fit the crime. Many drug charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence, guaranteeing an extended stay behind bars for a crime that should warrant a fraction of what is being handed down. But a new update to the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s guidelines will help…

201407.21
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Tweet With Caution: Cops Using Twitter Before Crimes Are Committed

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When it comes to disclosing information, many of us are often reserved and will only offer knowledge to people we trust, with one glaring exception. In the age of social media, people are becoming more comfortable with expressing their opinions and letting complete strangers know information about their lives on the Internet. Because so much…

201406.30
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The Faces of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Who Qualifies for the New Clemency Law?

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The United States of America imprisons a higher percentage of its population than any other country in the world. A large portion of incarcerated individuals include nonviolent, low-level drug offenders who were subjected to outdated mandatory minimum sentencing practices. After years of an intense War on Drugs, the justice system may finally be giving these…

201406.05
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Public Shaming Sentences: Are they Constitutional?

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Public shaming has become somewhat of a national novelty lately, with parents opting to discipline their children through public shaming, and pet owners sharing their dogs’ misdoing on sites like dogshaming.com. Even restaurant owners publicly post the names of people who break reservations. But what happens when the U.S. Justice system starts meting out these…

201405.22
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The Little-Known Tool Police Use to Track Your Whereabouts

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When you think of surveillance and privacy invasion, you probably envision NSA-type operations such as the monitoring of phone records. However, if you’re a driver, you’re likely being tracked every time you hit the roads by a device you probably don’t even know is there: a license plate scanner. Photo courtesy of Bill Gracey How…