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April 2018 Archives

Understanding Megan’s Law

With the increased use of databases and the gain in popularity of the internet in the past 25 years, it has been possible for information to be distributed fast. While this can be a powerful and positive tool in many ways, it also has facilitated illegal activity. In addition, it has helped to make possible legal regulations that many have viewed as controversial.

Do privacy rights die with the person owned them?

Under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, private citizens are supposed to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by police. This essentially means that law enforcement must have a warrant signed by an impartial judge before initiating searches of areas that a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Planted text messages led to dismissal of criminal charges

Sexual abuse allegations are serious, emotionally charged accusations that can ruin a person’s life, even if they are later exonerated. Moreover, allegations that are later found to be false (rather than proven inconclusive) are even more insidious, for they may represent deeper emotional issues that are often unresolved even after the damage is done.

Thoughts on the accused in sex assault cases

In prior posts, we highlighted the growing trend of men who have been suspended by colleges and universities in the midst of sexual assault allegations. Indeed, when stories about these allegations become public, much is said about how the victim feels violated and how life will not be the same.

Will Bill Cosby face additional accusers at second trial?

Next week, comedian Bill Cosby will stand trial in once again Pennsylvania on charges of aggravated indecent assault stemming from an incident in 2004 where he allegedly gave a former Temple University employee Benadryl or some other substance that prevented her from consenting to his advances.

MSU official arrested in wake of Nassar scandal

Shortly after the sentencing of Dr. Larry Nassar for his conduct involving young gymnasts during his tenure with USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, speculation was rampant as to who else may be responsible for enabling Nassar to operate undeterred for so long. Some suspected that current and/or former MSU officials could be held accountable in the same manner that others were held responsible in the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State University.

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