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June 2017 Archives

Are former sex offenders still being driven away?

It is well known that under Michigan law, registered sex offenders are barred from living near school safety zones. The notion behind the state’s law is to prevent sex offenders from living in close proximity to children, and to limit the exposure of children to suspected pedophiles since they tend to like playgrounds and other areas where kids play.

Mistrial determined in Cosby sex assault case

The latest high-profile sex crime case that captured national attention has now ended. The criminal case involving longtime comedian Bill Cosby has ended in a mistrial. The ruling leaves him without an acquittal and potentially sets the stage for prosecutors to try the case once again.

Should police departments control access to body cam videos?

Over the past few years, more police departments have embraced the use of body cameras which create video footage of encounters with the public. The interest in these devices is ostensibly based on the public’s desire to have more accountability with policing. However, the growing trend is that such footage is only being used to protect police officers from liability.

What Sessions' recent memo means for federal criminal defendants

After nearly five years of criminal justice reform regarding drug crime prosecutions and sentencing, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to be rolling back such efforts. According to a recent Atlantic.com report, Sessions has instructed federal prosecutors across the nation to “seek the strongest possible charges and sentences against defendants they target.”

If Authorities Are Speaking With You, Speak With A Lawyer

With news stories breaking weekly, if not daily, about the investigations into connections between the Trump administration and Russians before and after the election, the news-monitoring public is being introduced to a handful of terms that are frequently used in criminal investigations and in the reporting of those investigations.

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