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April 2017 Archives

Ending Obama's restraint, Trump considers charges for WikiLeaks

In the midst of the ongoing release of classified information about the FBI's cyber-tools, the Washington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Justice is mulling over whether to charge members of WikiLeaks with violating the Espionage Act and other laws. The Obama administration had similar concerns when WikiLeaks released classified information, but it ultimately decided against pressing any charges out of concern for the First Amendment's freedom of the press clause.

Prince's death investigation finds possibly illegal prescription

A year after the artist Prince's death, documents have been released that offer new details of how the 57-year-old musician died. Most important, perhaps, the documents indicate that Prince's doctor may have prescribed opioid medication to him under another person's name. In this case, a prescription for oxycodone was written for Prince's close friend and bodyguard.

What to do when police start asking questions

You finished enjoying a wonderful meal with a special someone in your favorite local restaurant. During dinner, the waiter asked if you and your date would like to try the house wine. You thanked him for the suggestion and ordered the wine. You only drank one glass because you knew you'd shortly be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Sessions plans to end group improving forensic science practices

Over the past couple of decades or so, we've seen a lot of people exonerated via DNA evidence. We've seen a litany of scandals involving overburdened, inaccurate and even criminally inadequate crime labs across the nation. We've seen forensic evidence, once considered top-shelf, decline in reputation as its collection, processing, testing and results have all been shown to be subject to error -- or worse, shown to be flawed or invalid.

Tax fraud is a serious matter for you and Uncle Sam

Every year, tax day in the United States is met with equal parts dread and relief. While most taxpayers are thankful to be done with the process for another year, it's also a bitter reminder that, like death as the saying goes, taxes are an inevitability that will never disappear. As tempting as it might be to try to beat the system, though, it simply doesn't pay to try to out trick the tax man.

Would Arizona be better served by a different drugged driving law?

For alcohol, the 0.08 standard is nationwide for ordinary drivers. If you have 0.08 blood alcohol or higher, there's pretty good scientific proof that you're under the influence. When it comes to marijuana's psychoactive component THC, however, it's not so clear. The majority of studies have indeed found that THC can impair your ability to drive, but there just isn't much evidence that the impairment is very substantial.

Alleged perp of anti-Semitic threats claims brain tumor as defense

A 19 year-old suspected of calling in bomb threats to dozens of Jewish community centers in the U.S. has been arrested in Israel. The man, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, has put forward a pretty compelling defense: a brain tumor made him do it.

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