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Offbeat Legal News

Offbeat Legal News
Offbeat Legal News .

The Daily Caller reported on the internet this morning that a public defender in Brevard County Florida was called to a fistfight by the judge. Apparently his honor wanted the public defender to waive his right to a speedy trial. I do not know if this was a brief waiver to allow […]

Online Child Pornography Allegations Lead to 70 Arrests in New York

A May 21, 2014 story from the Associated Press reported a sting by federal law enforcement that lead to the arrest of 70 people for allegedly collecting and “trading” child pornography online.

When most people hear the word “traded,” they think of crime rings or syndicates. Instead, this likely means people were using the internet to […]

California Anti-Bullying Laws

California Anti-Bullying Laws
California Anti-Bullying Laws .

All of us have heard of the dangers of bullying. Bullying has been alleged to develop students into mass school-shooters. It has been cited as the cause of teenage or young adult suicides. Bullying is basically harassment, most often harassment by groups of people as opposed to one individual. Of course, bullying […]

Texas Justice, Part 2

Texas Justice, Part 2
Texas Justice, Part 2 .

A 19 year old Texas man faces 5 years to life in prison for baking brownies.

Instead of using marijuana to spice up the brownies, he used hash oil. Had he used marijuana in the brownies, he would have been guilty of a misdemeanor. However, hashish oil is a different controlled […]

Texas Justice Part 1

Texas prison inmate Jerry Hartfield was convicted of murder and put on death row in 1976. He has claimed innocence for many years and has an IQ or 51, about on par with the average first-grader’s ability to reason. Mr. Hartfield’s conviction was overturned in 1980 based upon misconduct in dismissing a juror who indicated he had […]

Texting + Driving Can Lead to Criminal Charges in California

Texting + Driving Can Lead to Criminal Charges in California
Texting + Driving Can Lead to Criminal Charges in California .

For those of you who feel it is just not as safe on the roads after the invention of texting, here is more fuel for the fire:

The Huffington Post published this story on Wednesday, April 16, […]

Domestic Violence and Equal Rights

Domestic Violence and Equal Rights
Domestic Violence and Equal Rights .

It is a horrible thing to be a victim of domestic violence, involved in a relationship where a person is verbally and physically abused and made to feel powerless and hopeless.

Until domestic violence was treated seriously by the courts and society, people often were heard to speak […]

The Conflict Between California and Federal Online Child Pornography Laws

The Conflict Between California and Federal Online Child Pornography Laws
The Conflict Between California and Federal Online Child Pornography Laws .

Two California Appellate court cases within the last 5 years have stated that California Penal Code Section 311.11 applies to files located computer’s “cache” are “knowingly possessed” within the meaning of the California child pornography statute. On […]

California State Senator Yee Indicted

California State Senator Yee Indicted
California State Senator Yee Indicted .

On March 27, 2014, California State Senator and former candidate for mayor of San Francisco Leland Yee was criminally indicted by a federal grand jury for trafficking in firearms and corruption. Yee has been involved in local and state politics for many years and was running for […]

Federal Government Approves Study Regarding Medical Marijuana Treatments for Military Veterans with PTSD

The Associated Press (AP) recently published an article stating the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has approved funding for a study on the effectiveness of medical marijuana treatments for military combat veterans returning from Afghanistan with symptoms of PTSD—anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, panic attacks, etc.

Doctors have long believed that inhaling or smoking marijuana may calm […]