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Parents should teach their children about the dangers of sexting

Teenagers often feel they are invincible, like nothing bad will ever happen to them and that life is always fair. Oftentimes, this leads them to trust people they should stay away from or to make poor decisions regarding who they interact with. Any parent of a teenager knows that teaching them is a balancing act between letting them make their own choices and protecting them from dangers they do not see coming. As mobile devices have become so popular and social media platforms are accessible at all times of the day and night, one thing that parents should be teaching all their children is the dangers of sexting.

Understanding the most common crime lab issues

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been under increased scrutiny in recent years due to a string of flawed testimonies and evidentiary submissions. According to The Atlantic, the forensic techniques used have been subjective and resulted in a staggering number of wrongful convictions. One can only imagine that if the FBI is guilty of such misdeeds, local crime labs may be subject to suspicion, too. There are four common issues that can occur in crime labs and compromise the reliability of their evidence. 

When The Department Of Justice Targets Certain Industries

Physicians all over the country are raising concerns over a letter recently released by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). In the letter the Justice Department announced its intent to make improper conduct and corporate crime top priorities in terms of investigations and prosecution. The DOJ said the nation depended on the active enforcement of the criminal and civil laws put in place to protect the country's financial infrastructure and citizens.

For physicians, medical clinics and hospitals, this new focus on "white collar crime" sounds particularly ominous.

Criminal Harassment - Where Do You Draw The Line About Free Speech?

A decision was recently reached in an interesting criminal harassment case surrounding politics and freedom of speech. The case of the Commonwealth vs. Harvey J. Bigelow made it all the way to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

The case involves a local politician in the town of Rehoboth, Michael Costello, his wife, Susan, and an apparently angry constituent named Harvey J. Bigelow. The big question that made it all the way to the highest court of the state involved the line between criminal harassment and freedom of speech. 

Your cell phone and your privacy

Technological advances have made the world a much smaller place in terms of how people communicate with each other and conduct day to day business. Whether it is through the use of social media, or internet shopping you benefit from the advancements of modern day technology. As with anything else the modern day conveniences that you enjoy also come with a down side. You live in a world where your security and your privacy should always be at the forefront of your mind.

Generally, when people think about privacy and security, identity theft, computer hacks, and unauthorized disclosure of medical or employment records come to mind. There are many scenarios that can occur that you have probably never thought about in terms of what your rights are. The development of new technologies is fluid and ever changing which means that the laws that pertain to your privacy and security are as well.

Supreme Court ruling has the potential to take Boston drug searches to a new level

Last blog post, we discussed illegal search and seizure laws. This post will dive deeper into the Supreme Court ruling, which has the potential to broaden police authority to stop people on the street for any reason to check their criminal background.

The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizures by police officers, with the exclusionary rule expelling any evidence obtained in violation of these rights. On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court made a new ruling in regards to the Fourth Amendment, bringing into question the scope of the exclusionary rule. With the new ruling, even if evidence is unlawfully obtained by an officer, in the event of an outstanding warrant, the evidence is now admissible in court.

What if the police violate search and seizure laws?

While we all think we know our Fourth Amendment rights against illegal search and seizure, there is one recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that may give more power to the police, and all they have to say is they didn't know the law.

This blog post will discuss a recent Supreme Court decision that seem to make it possible for police to make a traffic stop and search your car, often based on very flimsy excuses. 

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems in Civil Forfeiture

The son of a disabled veteran, 24-year-old Charles Clarke spent his life laying the groundwork for a promising future. However, as Clarke attempted to board a plane in February 2014 to return to his studies at the University of Central Florida, the college student had an unfortunate encounter with federal agents, who served him a harsh lesson in the practice known as civil forfeiture. The agents seized Clarke's life savings in cash, $11,000.00, and sent him on his way - never even charging Clarke with a crime.

Brady's Deflategate Appeal Hearing

After eleven long hours, word reached media members that Tom Brady's Deflate Gate appeal had finally ended. On May 11th it was announced that Brady had been suspended for four games without pay for his role in deflating footballs in the AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18th.

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