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September 2013 Archives

Bills may cut mandatory minimum sentences for some federal crimes

Two bills currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee and at least one in the House of Representatives -- all bipartisan -- are taking aim at our nation's current sentencing policy. In particular, the three proposals seek to curtail the cost and injustice of mandatory minimum sentencing in federal crimes.

No bail for Bolivian anti-corruption official accused of extortion

A peculiar international fracas between the United States, Bolivia, and two men who have now been forcibly expatriated from Bolivia is taking place in the federal courts here in Florida. In 2011, a Bolivian businessman who owns the majority of Aerosur Airlines, filed a petition for asylum in the U.S.

Are banks laundering money if they serve legal marijuana dealers?

When states across the U.S. began legalizing marijuana for medical or even recreational use, their laws came into direct conflict with federal drug laws. When Attorney General Eric Holder announced recently that the federal government would no longer prosecute individual users or small-time dealers, it was a big step toward reconciling the conflicting policies, but it's clear there is still a long way to go.

Update: did alleged victims of psychic fraud change their stories?

There are many people across Florida who have visited a psychic, had their palms read or flipped over a Tarot card or two. Many people would agree that the legitimacy of these practices is only as real as a person believes them to be. Proving that a psychic prediction or vision is accurate can be quite subjective; but proving that a psychic defrauded clients out of money is a process that requires facts and evidence.

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