Justice Department Legalizes Pot for Indian Tribes

Marijuana law

In a memo released this week, the Department of Justice has outlined new policies that allow American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana on reservation lands. Under the new policies, four Western US states will be allowed to grow and sell recreational marijuana. While possession of marijuana is a federal crime in the US, more »

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How reliable is Eyewitness Testimony?

Eyewitness testimony

The Ferguson, Missouri shooting incident of 18 year old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson reflects that eyewitness testimony varies among eyewitnesses and may not always be reliable. One explanation offered by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch regarding testimony of an eyewitness to the case is that the person more »

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Privacy and Law Enforcement Surveillance

Cybercriminal

According to Judge Richard-Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, privacy is overvalued. He said this during a conference in Washington, D.C. about privacy and cybercrime. “Much of what passes for the name of privacy is really just trying to conceal the disreputable parts of your conduct,” Posner added. “Privacy is more »

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Supreme Court To Hear Case Regarding Social Media Posts

Social networks freedom of speech

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a First Amendment Case as to whether threatening speech posted on Facebook and other social media breaks the law. The appeal is up for argument on December 1. Social media companies already have rules to manage individual speech online but the outcome of this case could more »

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New York City Announces New Marijuana Policy

Marijuana Law in NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled a new plan regarding the enforcement of law on marijuana possession. According to the new announcement, people found in possession of small amounts of marijuana will be given a ticket and will be cited for violation instead of being arrested and charged for a crime. This could potentially be more »

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Interesting Facts About FCA Settlements

FCA

Total recoveries under the False Claims Act since January 2009 to $ 17 billion. As in previous years, the largest recoveries related to health care fraud, which reached $2. 6 billion. In fiscal year 2013… $443 million in recoveries for state Medicaid programs The $2. 6 billion in health care fraud recoveries in fiscal year more »

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Major US Banks In The Midst Of A Legal Investigation

JP Morgan Chase

J.P. Morgan Chase is currently facing a criminal investigation by the Justice Department with respect to the behavior of traders in the foreign exchange market. JP Morgan is the largest bank in the US. Along with this criminal investigation, JP Morgan is also facing civil investigations by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the UK’s more »

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Landmark Lawsuit Against the State of New York

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr had already declared last year that America’s legal defense system for the poor was in a crisis. Now, he is supporting a landmark class-action lawsuit accusing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the State of New York accusing them of perpetuating a legal system that violates the rights of people more »

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Mother and son accused of stealing $2 million in toys

Pollara mugshot

Deputies have arrested a mother and son duo, accused of stealing over $2 million worth of merchandise from toy stores across the country. Margaret Pollara, 70, and her son Michael Pollara, 47, were arrested Thursday. Investigators said Michael has stolen toys from Toys “R” Us from almost 50 states. “He made it a goal of more »

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Buying Guns for Friends

Bruce Abramski

Many people buy things at stores for their friends and/or relatives everyday, however the Supreme Court has now decided in Abramski v. United States that you cannot go to a licensed gun dealer and pick up a gun for a friend. More importantly to Bruce Abramski of Virginia, you cannot lie on the form that more »

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