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Proposed bill would allow NJ municipal judges more flexibility

The Judiciary Committee of the New Jersey Assembly has proposed legislation that reforms criminal penalties, replacing some monetary fines with community service. Last week the committee unanimously released its recommendation that would improve judges' flexibility.

Fraud at Barnes & Noble: No suspects named

As identify theft and fraud becomes more sophisticated, law enforcement must follow suit. For example, at Barnes & Noble (B & N), the country's largest bookseller, devices that record users' pin numbers have been altered, allowing others to harvest those numbers.

False confessions in criminal cases

What's behind suspects confessing to crimes they did not commit? Why is it so widespread? At a recent symposium for lawyers at Temple University in Philadelphia, attorneys, criminologists and psychologists discussed the phenomenon of false confessions.

Mom assaults alleged bullies

A New Jersey mother may have made matters worse when she took it upon herself to assault the boys she believed were involved in harassing her daughter. A Toms River woman was charged with hitting boys she said were bullying her daughter on the school bus. She and the daughter's grandmother are alleged to have cursed and slapped two boys on a school bus headed to East Dover Elementary School. The mother was charged with simple assault, criminal trespass and making terroristic threats. The grandmother was charged with criminal trespass.

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