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Are You Ready for 2019 and These New California Laws?

CHILDREN Restaurants with children’s meals can no longer offer sugary drinks, such as juice and soda, as the primary choice on their menus. The default option must be milk, water or flavored water with no added sweeteners. Children under the age of 16 will no longer be tried in adult courts or be incarcerated in adult prisons. Instead, they will go to juvenile facilities regardless......
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Is the Indian Child Welfare Act Racially Biased Against Non-Indians?

A white family from Phoenix, Arizona is challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act in court so that they can adopt a baby they’ve been raising. In 2014, Paul Buckley and his wife fostered a baby boy named Mason. After raising Mason for a year and a half, the couple initiated adoption proceedings. Late in the legal proceedings, the Choctaw Nation intervened on behalf of the......
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Fresh Prince Actor Sues Over Fortnite’s Use of his “Carlton” Dance

Former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro says his signature move “The Carlton Dance“— was copied in Epic Games’ Fortnite Battle Royale. Epic Games sold The Dance as an in-game purchase under the name “Fresh,” allowing players to customize their game avatars. In the same lawsuit Ribeiro also sues Take Two Interactive, the publisher of NBA 2K, a popular basketball video game that also uses......
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What Are Federal Sentencing Memos and Why Are Michael Cohen’s So Important?

What Are Federal Sentencing Memos? Sentencing memos often focus on who the convicted defendant is, and not the crime committed. A sentencing memorandum should be detailed and tell the client’s story and highlight the factors, called Section 3553 factors, that a judge must consider in imposing a sentence. These “sentencing factors” include the following: The nature and circumstances of the offense The history and characteristics of......
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Is the “Warrior Gene” A Defense to Murder?

The first gene to be linked to antisocial behavior was identified in 1993 in a large Dutch family that was notorious for violence.  Fifteen years of painstaking research revealed that they all lacked the same gene. This gene produces an enzyme called MAOA, which regulates the levels of neurotransmitters involved in impulse control. If you lack the MAOA gene or have the low-activity variant you are......
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Fact or Fiction: Congress Cannot Ban Female Genital Mutilation

According to one federal judge, this is a fact! This past week U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that Congress had no authority to ban female genital mutilation. The judge stated that “as despicable as this practice may be,” Congress did not have the authority to pass the 22-year-old federal law that criminalizes female genital mutilation, and that FGM is for the states to regulate.......
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Why Dr. Luke’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Kesha Is Raising First Amendment Concerns

In 2014, Kesha (Kesha Rose Serbert) filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, accusing music producer “Dr. Luke” Gottwald of sexually, physically, and emotionally abusing her during their professional relationship. Kesha’s lawsuit alleged: “Ms. Sebert took the pills and woke up the following afternoon, naked in Dr. Luke’s bed, sore and sick, with no memory of how she got there.  Ms. Sebert immediately called......
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Can a 69-year-old Dutchman Legally Change his Age to 49?

Dutch TV personality and positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. He’s 69 years old but has petitioned a court in the central city of Arnhem, Netherlands to permit to legally change his age to 49. Doctors told him he has the body of a younger man. Ratelband said he wants to avoid age discrimination in society — especially on dating websites.......
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Fact or Fiction: The European Court of Human Rights Upheld a Woman’s Conviction for Insulting the Prophet Muhammed

This is fact! The European Court of Human Rights, Europe’s highest human rights court, just upheld a 2011 verdict by an Austrian court that fined an unnamed woman who gave seminars in which she described the marriage between the Prophet Muhammed and a six-year-old named Aisha as “pedophilia”. It is reported that during the seminars the woman said, “Muhammad liked to do it with children.” “A......
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