Cold Cases Finally End Due To DNA and Genetic Genealogy

In Yellowstone County in 1973 a young married couple was strangled to death. The victims were Linda and Clifford Bernhardt. Linda had also been sexually assaulted. The case went on for 45 years with no answers as to who committed such a terrible crime. That was until an online database that traces distant relatives was utilized. GEDmatch was able to determine that Cecil S. Caldwell had indeed murdered and raped Linda Bernhardt and murdered Clifford Bernhardt. Unfortunately, Caldwell […]

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Man Wrongfully Convicted of Rape Exonerated Due to New Fingerprint Technology

In 1982 Archie Williams was wrongfully convicted of rape, aggravated burglary and attempted murder. He was sentenced to life in prison. Fingerprint technology proved his innocence due to the innocence project, a nonprofit organization that challenges wrongful convictions. The true rapist was identified as Stephen Forbes. Forbes had been convicted of several other rapes and later passed in prison. During the trial Williams had several alibi’s that testified he was sleeping at the time of the crime. The […]

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Google Takes Heat for Waze App Posts on DUI Checkpoints

The New York Police Department sent a letter to Google demanding it remove DUI checkpoints from its WAZE App. The NYPD is concerned the Waze App enables people to circumvent a critical police function. What Happened WAZE is an App on which drivers share information about traffic, weather, accidents, etc. Users can post information so that other drivers can make good decisions. For example, a user might post information about a traffic backlog from an accident. Then a […]

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Michigan Ends Medical Marijuana Licensing Board

Governor Whitmer is abolishing the board that approves or denies medical marijuana licenses in Michigan. In its place will be a new board – called the Marijuana Regulatory Agency – which will oversee applications from both recreational and medical marijuana license applications. The new board will go into effect on April 30, 2019. What Did the Old Marijuana Board Do? Previous to Michigan voters approving the sale and use of recreational marijuana, the board oversaw the applications for […]

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Six Residents in Nebraska Wrongfully Convicted of Rape and Murder Receive Damages

In a huge miscarriage of justice, six people were convicted of a murder they had no connection with. Each person had no connection whatsoever with the murder victim. A police psychologist convinced 5 of them they committed the murder but they had no memories of the crime due to a psychological concept referred to as “memory repression.” What Happened in the Case An elderly women, Helen Wilson, was raped and murdered February 5, 1985 in Beatrice, Nebraska. The […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear First Second Amendment Case in a Decade

The U.S. Supreme Court has not heard a Second Amendment gun rights case since District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008. The Court has now signaled they will a case which challenges a New York City ordinance which limits the ability of residents to carry guns within city limits. The Supreme Court has declined to hear many lower court appeals on gun rights cases since Heller. What Does the Ordinance Say? New York has a gun license called […]

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What Happens if You Refuse the Chemical Test After an OWI Arrest?

A person arrested for operating while intoxicated (DUI) will be given what’s called a chemical test. The purpose of a chemical test is to see if a person has alcohol or drugs in their system and how much. This chemical test will either be in the form of blowing into a machine at the police station or will be done through a blood draw. The test could be a urine test as well but that’s not common. When is […]

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Utah Lowers Legal Limit to .05.

Starting in the new year, Utah will be the first state to have a legal drinking and driving limit of .05. The previous limit in Utah was .08, which is the legal limit in Michigan and the rest of the country. How Much is .05? A .05 could be about three drinks. It all depends on the person. Either way, it’s less than .08, which is about 4 drinks. Either way, a BAC of.05 is less than .08, […]

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Will a DUI Prevent Me From Getting a CDL?

Yes, any driving under the influence conviction will make you ineligible for a commercial driver’s license. The length of ineligibility will depend on the type of DUI conviction. Any Driver’s License Suspension Leads to 36 Months of CDL Eligibility For starters, any type of driver’s license suspension or revocation will make you ineligible for a CDL for 36 months (3 years). Two of the most common DUI charges carry a driver’s license suspension. The standard DUI charge, operating […]

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What Does the New Marijuana Law Say?

Michigan voters have said yes to legal marijuana. What does this mean for you? What You Can Do A person over 21 can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. Not more than 15 grams of the marijuana can be in concentrate form. A person can use and consume marijuana. At home, a person can have up to 10 ounces of marijuana and 12 marijuana plants for personal use. A person over 21 may assist another person in […]

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