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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Non-Unanimous Jury Systems

Calvin Duncan was convicted of murder in Louisiana. While in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, his job was to review the legal cases of other inmates, even though he didn’t have a legal background and didn’t graduate high school.  He held this job for 23 years and was paid 20 cents an hour. As he worked on his fellow inmates cases, one particular legal issue kept popping up – that of the ability to be convicted in Louisiana by […]

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Rape Conviction Overturned at West Point

Jacob D. Whisenhunt was convicted of 3 counts of sexual assault against a fellow female cadet. He was convicted to 21 years in prison and dishonorably discharged from the service. After the conviction had been over turned he had served 25 months. The alleged incident occurred while the two were on field training. The accuser states she was raped while in her sleeping bag. This occurred only feet away from their fellow comrades. She states she woke up […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Limits Police Ability to Search Passenger Property in Cars

The case of People v. Mead is an important case for Fourth Amendment rights in Michigan. What Happened in the Case Mead was a passenger in a car. He had just met the driver, who had offered him a ride. The police stopped the vehicle and ordered the driver and Mead out of the car. The driver consented to a search of the car. The police officer searched the car, including Mead’s backpack, which Mead had left on […]

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Police Officer Acquitted after Shooting and Killing of Antwon Rose

In June of 2018 Antwon Rose II was shot and killed by a white police officer, Michael Rosfeld. Rosfeld stopped a car that had been identified in a drive-by shooting. After the car was pulled over Antwon fled from the car. Rosfeld shot him three times, including one time in the back. Antwon was without a weapon when he was shot and was not a threat to the officer. Rosfeld stated he thought the 17 year old had […]

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Sexual Assault and Harassment Occurring in the Air

A cramped airplane is the last place you think a sexual assault would occur, but unfortunately, they happen more than you would think. New Laws Designed to Protect Airplane Passengers A sexual misconduct task force bill was reauthorized by the Federal Aviation Administration. Airlines have stated they have no tolerance for sexual harassment or assault in the workplace for their employees or for their passengers. Several high profile cases have lead to this bill. A sleeping passenger was […]

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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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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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Michigan Says Yes to Legal Weed

In a historic vote the people of Michigan have chosen to make marijuana legal for recreational use. What is Allowed Those 21 and up can have up to 2.5 ounces of weed on them. They can have up to 10 ounces at home (must be locked up). People may grow up to 12 plants at home for personal use. What isn’t Allowed Lighting up in public will still be against the law. Importantly, driving under the influence of […]

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Michigan to Vote on Legal Marijuana Soon

In less than two weeks Michigan voters will go to the polls and decide on legal marijuana. Less than ten years ago Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana. So we’ll see what happens this November 6. What Are We Voting on Exactly? Here is the language that you will see on the ballot when you go to vote: Proposal 18-1 A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at […]

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