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Is Your DNA Private? How Investigators Used Public DNA Data to Catch A Killer

You may have never heard of the “Golden State Killer,” who went on a spree of murder and rape back in the 1970s and 80s. He killed at least 12 people, raped more than 50 and committed 100 burglaries between 1974 and 1986 in Northern and Southern California, without leaving any fingerprints. At the time, Joseph James DeAngelo was a police officer in the small......
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Guilty! What was Different in Bill Cosby’s Second Trial?

In recent years, more than 50 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual abuses, including rape. Cosby admitted to philandering, and to giving quaaludes to women as part of an effort to have consensual sex. This week a jury found Bill Cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in Pennsylvania in 2004. At the time Andrea Constand was a Temple......
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Scary Uber Rides. Will Lawsuits Force Change?

In 2014 a woman in Los Angeles ended up on a nightmare ride to an abandoned lot almost 20 miles off the route to her home. Once at the lot, her Uber driver locked the doors. Only when she screamed did he finally return her home. In response, Uber sent her an “automated” email reply apologizing for the “inefficient route.” The passenger’s fare was also......
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How did the FBI Raid the President’s Personal Attorney?

In a historic development, President Trump’s personal attorney of “What Polls??” viral fame, Michael Cohen, has had his office, home, and even hotel room raided by the FBI. Cohen has worked for Trump since 2006 and served for a decade as a top lawyer at the Trump Organization. Cohen left the Trump Organization around the time of Trump’s inauguration, and since then has served as......
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Should Parents be Charged When Their Kids Roam Free? Utah Says No!

Should children be allowed to do these activities without adult supervision: Walk around their neighborhood? Walk to school? Take the subway home? Play in a public park? Walk home from a friend’s house? Believe it or not, many parents have been arrested, had their children taken away by authorities, and even faced jail time simply for letting their children travel in public or play in......
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Court Rules Starbucks Must Post Cancer Warnings, But Not Diabetes?

If you’ve ever been to California, you’ll have noticed large black and white signs posted in seemingly every kind of establishment and next to all kinds of products. California state law requires all businesses with at least 10 employees to notify Californians about chemical exposure that can cause cancer and birth defects.  The law, known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act was......
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Are the Trump White House Nondisclosure Agreements Enforceable?

A few weeks after he was elected president of the United States, Donald Trump decided he would require his White House staff to sign non-disclosure agreements (aka NDAs) — just as Trump Organization employees and Trump wives were required to. Although Trump was advised that NDAs for federal government employees couldn’t be enforced, White House counsel Don McGahn drafted a watered-down version. Rumors are that......
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Can a Totally Inexperienced Person Become a Federal Judge?

Believe it or not, the U.S. Constitution sets forth no specific requirements about who can become a federal judge. Federal judges include Supreme Court justices, court of appeals judges, and district court judges. These are all nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate. They are all appointed for a life term. A federal judge is not even required to possess a......
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Theft from Your Hotel Room: Who’s Liable?

Innkeepers Laws In ancient Babylon, around 1700 B.C., Hammurabi ordered death for innkeepers whose negligence caused inconvenience or injury to travelers. Most U.S. states today have “innkeepers laws”, largely based on English common law dating to the 1700s. Innkeepers laws also limit hotels’ liability in situations such as thefts from rooms, damage to cars in parking facilities and injuries to guests. In California, for example,......
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El Chapo Gets An Anonymous Jury … Are they Only Used for Druglords?

A federal judge has ordered special protections for the jury in the trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Guzman was extradited to the U.S. over a year ago after managing two elaborate escapes from Mexican prisons. Concerned over the safety of jurors, the Judge ordered them to be anonymous and partially sequestered. The defense had opposed the move, arguing that having an anonymous jury......
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