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September 2014 Archives

Florida girl wrongly accused of cyber-bullying files lawsuit against Sheriff

Bullying has been gaining more and more national attention in recent years, it seems, particularly as the increased use of social media sites among young people has increased. Social media sites like Facebook, it is well known, provide a platform for potential bullying to occur, and young people can sometimes get themselves into trouble when they use social media to bully. In some cases, though, accusations of bullying are false.

Sentencing Commission considering changes in coming year

Last month, the U.S. Sentencing Commission—the federal agency which sets sentencing policy for judges to use in federal criminal cases—made the announcement that it would soon be seeking to make changes to mandatory minim sentences. Mandatory minimum sentences are standard prison terms applied in criminal cases based on certain factors in the case. While mandatory minimum sentences do help in standardizing the outcome of criminal cases, they can also lead to inflexibility, depending on the judge handling the case.

Florida State student arrested for drug offenses after vehicle search

A Florida State University student was reportedly arrested on Monday and cited with various drug offenses after Louisiana State Troopers stopped the vehicle and conducted a search in Bossier Parish. The search was apparently conducted because of a tip that the vehicle was transporting illegal narcotics. Prior to conducting the search, police reportedly asked for permission to search the vehicle and were told they could not. They eventually got their way regardless.

Know your rights when police step up DUI enforcement

Florida readers may be aware that police departments across the state of the Florida ramped up monitoring last month up until Labor Day. The campaign, called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” was like the many others just like it—increased officer presence on roadways and increased lookout for erratic driving and other behaviors suggestive of drunk driving.

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