Congress rethinks mandatory sentencing

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With nearly 200,000 inmates in federal prison, incarceration is inarguably a costly endeavor, and both conservative and liberal interests are working toward sentencing reform with the goal of reducing the number of inmates overall.

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Crime & Lawsuits, Safety

Turkey Day legal hazards you’ll want to dodge

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We all know Thanksgiving as a time for gratitude, visiting loved ones, eating like there’s no tomorrow—or even a day after tomorrow—and generally having a lot of fun. However, it can also be a time of familial conflict, food poisoning, accidents, and parties that cross over from raucous to reckless.

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Education, News, Rights

Native American student in trouble for wearing Mohawk?


Administrators at the Santa Clara, Utah, elementary school (named, ironically, Arrowhead), got a very public education in Native American tradition after deeming young Jakobe Sanden’s haircut “a distraction” and notifying his parents that the boy would have to get it cut or leave school.

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Crime & Lawsuits, Injury

Strangulation in domestic violence needs harsher penalties


Experts believe strangulation is directly related to power and control. The perpetrator wants to send the victim the message that he has the power to kill. In many instances, the perpetrator is also testing himself to see if he is capable.

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Government & Politics, News, Rights

Supreme Court may effectively kill abortion in red states

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The Court could say that the Texas restrictions on abortion are undue burdens, a huge win for pro-choice advocates. But an even greater victory would be to say that Texas (and other states) actually have to prove their restrictions are beneficial. That would be an amazing decision. Of course, the Court could just as easily rule that the Texas restrictions are just fine and effectively kill abortion in red states.

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Government & Politics, Lisa Bloom, News

Syrian refugees, George Zimmerman, and the logic of fear

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We cannot make life entirely safe and risk free. Terrorism is flashy and scary, and looping images of it over and over again boosts TV ratings. But surely our leaders, our media, our resources and our minds should focus on real health and safety risks.

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High school sports injuries: Who is liable?

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It’s one of the rare times a huge crowd of rowdy people goes absolutely, completely silent: a high school football player is down on the field. Fear and concern wash over everyone in attendance, regardless of rooting interests. Unfortunately, it seems to be happening more and more. Who’s at fault? Or is anyone?

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Bizarre, Business, Funny, News

No, Italians can’t legally watch porn at work

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While media sensationalism may tend to focus on the libertine qualities of government executives and corporate elites who surf porn while the rest of us languish in sanitized workplaces, the truth is that porn remains the basis for termination the world over, even in lusty Italy.

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Celebrity, Crime & Lawsuits

The law and HIV: Is Charlie Sheen in trouble?

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Sheen contends that he told all of his sexual partners of his condition, that he had unprotected sex after the diagnosis only twice, and that it was “under the care of my doctor and they were completely warned ahead of time.” This raises interesting legal issues about a person’s criminal and civil culpability for exposing a sexual partner to the virus.

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Children, Education, Safety

When schools take zero tolerance too far

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Many schools have taken a hard stance against anything that might taint the learning environment or jeopardize the safety of our children. The results can be amusingly absurd, but it’s a bit sad how collective fear can override common sense.

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