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May 2011 Archives

Justice Stevens urges Congress to hold prosecutors accountable

An earlier blog post discussed a March U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn a jury's $14 million award to a man who had been wrongfully convicted. The man spent 14 years on death row for a murder he did not commit. It later came to light that the district attorney's office that convicted him had hidden evidence that would have proven his innocence.

Former IMF chief will seek to discredit accuser in sexual assault case

The former head of the International Monetary Fund resigned after being accused of sexually assaulting a maid in a hotel while on business in the U.S. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was considering a run for president as head of the French Socialist Party in France, but that will likely not happen now. Strauss-Kahn is facing charges of attempted rape and sexual assault and will await trial on the sex crime charges in the U.S. The 62-year-old is currently under house arrest after posting $1 million cash bail and $5 million bond.

Leader of French Socialist Party accused of sexual assault in U.S.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the leader of the French Socialist Party and chief of the International Monetary Fund, has been charged with sexual assault in the United States. If he is convicted on the charges, he could face a 25-year prison sentence. France's citizens are in shock and European financial markets took a turn after the announcement.

Warrantless search in drug case upheld by Supreme Court

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling could lead to more warrantless searches in drug cases in New Jersey and around the country. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police had acted "reasonably" when breaking down the door of a suspected drug dealer's home without a warrant to see evidence of drug crimes in plain sight.

Bills to ban 'bath salts' introduced in both House and Senate

Bills to make the manufacturing, distribution and possession of two substances found in the designer drug sold as "bath salts" have been introduced in the House and Senate. The bills seek to classify MDPV and mephedrone, two drugs found in "bath salts" products, as Schedule I controlled substances regulated under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule I substances are classified as drugs that have no medicinal purpose.

Lindsay Lohan to spend more time in jail for probation violations

Lindsay Lohan's probation for a 2007 DUI and drug case will be yet again extended. Lohan's defense attorney entered a no contest plea on Lohan's behalf on Wednesday in a theft case. Lohan was accused of stealing a necklace worth $2,500 from a store near her house. The no-contest plea does not admit guilt, but it does mean a conviction for Lohan. The theft conviction will lead to jail time for Lohan, but just how much will be determined after she reports to jail on June 17.

U.S. government sends mixed messages to states over medical pot

As states around the country consider legalizing medical marijuana, the federal government has been reminding state officials that marijuana remains an illegal drug under federal law. U.S. prosecutors are warning state employees that they are not immune from prosecution by the U.S. government if they are involved in the production and distribution of marijuana, even for medical purposes.

Senate passes bill to restrict where New Jersey sex offenders live

A bill was passed by the New Jersey state Senate last Thursday that would allow mayors across the state to restrict how close registered sex offenders could live from schools and playgrounds. The bill passed 33-0, but there is a possibility that it could be unconstitutional. The state Senate proposed and passed the bill because the state Supreme Court ruled two years ago that mayors who had already been restricting where sex offenders live were not acting under the power of any state law.

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