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 A large portion of incarcerated individuals include nonviolent, low-level drug offenders who were subjected to outdated mandatory minimum sentencing practices.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…

201304.24
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The Plain View Doctrine Explained

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The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects against unlawful searches and seizures of a person or their property. A warrant is always necessary to conduct a search if law enforcement has reason to believe someone is doing something illegal. However, there is a notable exception to this amendment: the plain view doctrine. The plain view…

201106.02
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Dr. Dipak Desai Trial On Hold

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U.S. Magistrate Peggy Leen has put off the federal health care fraud trial of Dr. Dipak Desai and his office manager until May 22, 2012, in a move that gives Clark County prosecutors the first crack at trying the physician at the center of the hepatitis C outbreak. The State Court trial is set March…