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June 2017 Archives

SCOTUS: State's social media ban for sex offenders is unconstitutional - II

In our previous post, we began discussing the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in Packingham v. North Carolina, a case which Justice Anthony Kennedy called the first "to address the relationship between the First Amendment and the modern Internet."

Did A.G. Sessions ask for permission to go after medical marijuana providers?

In a post last week, our blog discussed how U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to adopt increasingly hard-line approaches to crime, suggesting that his tenure as the nation's top cop will be nothing short of controversial.

Feds using lie detectors in parole despite scientific invalidity

The federal justice system still uses polygraphs to test whether certain sex offenders are remorseful, even though the polygraph has been found scientifically unsound. Moreover, the test may actually encourage nondisclosure and inhibit treatment.

A.G. Sessions identifies another major priority for DOJ going forward

In the months since his appointment as the nation's top cop, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has firmly established that the Department of Justice, under his direction, will be changing its priorities and implementing a "tough on crime" approach in the coming years.

Is SCOTUS going to reach new ground in Fourth Amendment cellphone data case?

Two years, ago the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a groundbreaking decision in Riley v. California, holding that law enforcement officials must secure a warrant prior to undertaking a search of a cellphone seized during an arrest.

Shoplifting in Florida can cause serious criminal consequences

Theft can be a very serious crime, depending on the value of the allegedly stolen items. Florida has a lot of laws on the books that deal with theft, and shoplifting is covered by specific laws targeting retail theft. Generally speaking, the charges a person will face after shoplifting will vary, depending on the amount of merchandise and whether that person has a previous criminal record involving theft or shoplifting.

DOJ announces record $3.5 billion-plus fine under FCPA

In a series of ongoing posts, our blog has been discussing the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act -- or FCPA -- the landmark legislation passed by Congress back in 1977 to address corruption in the global marketplace. In particular, we've been focusing on its anti- bribery provisions.

If you're facing extradition, you need a defense attorney now

People travel all of the time for both business and pleasure. The more you travel, the less likely you are to carefully investigate laws and cultural issues at a destination. After all, if you immersed yourself in the culture of every place you traveled, it could be overwhelming. Failing to do so, however, can have consequences.

Your teen facing criminal charges needs a defense attorney

Maybe it was a prank that resulted in trespassing or property damage charges. Maybe it was a high school fight that resulted in injuries and then criminal charges. Maybe it was a youthful mistake involving drugs or alcohol at a party. Whatever the reason, when your teenager is facing criminal charges in Florida, you need to take it seriously.

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