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September 2012 Archives

Social host laws growing in popularity: Part II

In our last post, we began a discussion about social host laws. These laws, which have been enacted in various forms in approximately 28 states, were passed largely as an effort to reduce the prevalence of DUI accidents involving underage drinkers.

Social host laws growing in popularity: Part I

Teens all over America have transitioned from parties hosted on warm summer nights to parties held after football games and after challenging exams have left them ready for a little relaxation. The idea that teenagers should avoid party-going behavior which might lead to DUI charges is truly a no-brainer. However, the idea that parents might be held liable if teenagers get drunk at their residence and subsequently drive under the influence is foreign to many.

The line between home videos and child porn can be blurry: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a criminal case from Minnesota involving a university football coach who was recently arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. However, the details surrounding the charges have raised questions about whether or not a sex crime was actually committed.

The line between home videos and child porn can be blurry: Part I

Sex crimes are so reviled by the public and carry such a social stigma that it doesn't take long for an unfounded accusation to spiral out of control, especially when the alleged victims are children. When public anger reaches a boiling point, the criminal justice system is in danger of becoming little more than a witch hunt.

Efforts to combat abuse of bath salts seem to be working

When a new fad breaks onto the scene, it occasionally becomes something that Americans continue to use for years and even decades. More often than not however, fads are widespread for a short period of time and then quickly die out.

Strip search decision is tested in Wisconsin case

A few months ago, the United States Supreme Court announced its holding in a case entitled, "Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington." In its ruling, the Court upholds the right of law enforcement to subject those arrested for any offense, including minor property and drug crimes, to a strip search before being temporarily or permanently incarcerated.

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