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April 2013 Archives

Florida may make parents responsible for their children's crimes

A proposed bill making its way through the Florida legislature would make the parents or legal guardians of children who commit crimes legally liable for damages incurred as a result of those crimes. For example, if a teenager commits a robbery his or her parents may be held responsible for paying restitution or replacing what was taken or damaged.

Prosecutors may be more likely to go after small banks

In 2007 and 2008, the financial crisis rocked the American economy, setting off a tidal wave with effects that are still being felt today. Despite widespread acknowledgment that the leaders of America's large banks acted inappropriately - and illegally - before the crisis, none have been prosecuted.

Tax returns: failing to file vs. filing falsely

Tax Day came and went yesterday, which means many in Florida are likely breathing a sigh of relief, having filed their returns. While some are waiting for hefty refunds - or just celebrating being settled up for the year - others may not be so lucky. Sometimes deadlines slip through the cracks and the consequences can be serious.

United States may reform minimum sentencing laws: part one

Since 2008, the number of people detained in federal prisons has steadily risen. Federal prisons are now filled to 139 percent of their capacity, with the prison population growing daily. One of the reasons for this growth - a reason that has frustrated criminal defendants, civil liberties advocates and judges - is the existence of mandatory minimum sentences for some federal crimes.

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