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Fact or Fiction: Man Wins Traffic Ticket Trial by Claiming He Was Eating a Hash Brown

This is a fact! A Connecticut motorist was ticketed for distracted driving last year, but has won his case after arguing that he was, in fact, eating a hash brown while driving. Westport, Connecticut Police Cpl. Shawn Wong Won testified that he “clearly” saw Stiber speaking into a black cellphone while driving that morning.  Specifically, Officer Won testified that he saw Stiber holding an illuminated......
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Should Offensive Words or Phrases Like “FUCT” Be Trademarked?

The owner of the “FUCT” clothing brand, Erik Brunetti, will soon appear before the Supreme Court  to challenge a federal trademarking law that allows government officials to refuse trademarks that they deem “scandalous” or “immoral.” Brunetti called the provision an unconstitutional restriction of speech that should be struck down. He also said that the underlying process is arbitrary, and that trademarks more offensive than his could......
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Kim Kardashian, Attorney at Law?

Kim Kardishian announced in Vogue’s May issue that, after 12 years of starring on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spinoffs she has a new ambition: to become a lawyer. Kardashian says she was inspired after she successfully convinced Donald Trump to commute the prison sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother serving life in prison without parole for a drug crime.   Says Kardashian, “The White House called......
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Fact or Fiction: Labeling a Veggie Burger as “Meat” Is Illegal in Some States

This is a fact in several states! In 2018 Missouri passed a law that prohibits many products — including plant-based and lab-grown “meat” — from being labeled and marketed as “meat.” Violating the law could lead to criminal penalties of up to one year in prison and fines of up to $1,000. Plant-based “meats” include familiar products like veggie burgers, vegetarian hot dogs, and tofu......
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Is Kanye West Prohibited from Retiring?

Believe it or not, Kanye West has a provision in his music publishing contract with EMI Music that actually prohibits him from not working. The contract states: “You (Mr. West) hereby represent and warrant that to [EMI] that You will, throughout the Term as extended by this Modification, remain actively involved in writing, recording and producing Compositions and Major Label Albums, as Your principle occupation.......
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Why Doesn’t the Public Have a Right to the Special Counsel’s Report?

Two years after he was appointed, Special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his final report to Attorney General Bill Barr in the Trump-Russia investigation.Barr then notified Congress that Mueller had concluded his investigation. According to a recent Washington Post/Schar School poll, 81 percent of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, believe the Mueller report should be released in full. A Justice Department official said that Mueller’s report does not recommend any......
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In the College Bribery Scandal, Why Are Parents Being Charged with “Honest Services Fraud?”

50 people, including 33 wealthy parents, were charged last week in an alleged bribery scheme to gain admission into universities like Yale, the University of Texas at Austin and even the University of Southern California! The parents are accused of paying more than $25 million between 2011 and 2018 to Edge College & Career Network, aka the “Key.” Prosecutors allege that the Key’s nonprofit arm,......
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Is President Trump’s Declaration of A National Emergency at the Southern Border Legal?

There’s a lot of hoopla over President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Southern border wall. But believe it not, since 1976 58 national emergencies have been declared by various presidents. 31 of those emergencies have been renewed annual are still in effect! For example, national emergencies still in effect today include: Nov 14, 1979: The National Emergency With Respect to Iran, in response to the......
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Fact or Fiction: A German City Sold A Family’s Dog on eBay to Pay Tax Debts

This is fact! A pug named Edda was seized and sold by a German town called Ahlen. Edda’s owners had failed to pay money they owed the town, including a so-called dog tax of about $90 a year.The husband became a paraplegic after a work-related injury. The family with three children had fallen behind on bills. Frank Merschhaus, spokesman for the town, told NPR that the seizure......
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What Are the Penalties for Making A False Police Report?

On Fox’s Empire, Smollett plays Jamal Lyon, a young gay man trying to win his music mogul father’s approval. Smollett, who is  gay offscreen, as well, has been arrested for allegedly filing a false police report about being attacked on the streets of Chicago. Smollett alleged that: while walking downtown around 2 a.m. two individuals shouted racist and homophobic slurs, physically attacked him, wrapped a rope......
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