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July 2015 Archives

Does detention system put the air quotes around 'juvenile justice?'

In 1977, Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad in Utah. Those of us old enough to remember the case will recall that Gilmore had specifically requested his method of execution and that the request put Gilmore on the front pages of newspapers around the country. He had killed two men in separate robberies, his final acts as a career criminal. He used the term himself, by the way, according to his brother Mikal's book, "Shot in the Heart."

Thousands may face more jail time for Minnesota DWI convictions

If you are arrested for drunk driving later this year, you are more likely to go to jail than ever before, if convicted. In an effort to reduce the number of drunk driving crashes in the state, Minnesota revised a law that will send about 3,000 additional drivers to jail each year, according to the Star Tribune.

Defending against mail and wire fraud, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about mail and wire fraud statutes and the importance of working with an experienced attorney to build a strong defense case. Because there are very particular requirements that must be met to fulfill the elements of these crimes, it is important to carefully scrutinize the evidence with the assistance of a skilled defense attorney.

Defending against mail and wire fraud

One of the realities of the criminal process is that prosecutors generally do everything they can to seek criminal penalties for an offender. In many cases, prosecutors try to tag as many charges on a defendant as possible in order to maximize penalties, even if charges are largely duplicative. One area where this frequently happens is with fraud cases.

New law can keep nedi-pot users out of jail, if they can sign up

Minnesota's new medical cannabis law went into effect on July 1, to the great relief of many sufferers of epilepsy, cancer and other medical conditions. Now, patients able to obtain a doctor's medical certification for a qualifying condition can legally possess and use cannabis-based medicines in oil, pill or liquid form.

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