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Pennsylvania Judge Refuses To Dismiss Charges Against Bill Cosby Due To Immunity Agreement

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A Pennsylvania Judge has refused to dismiss sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby based on an alleged 2005 Immunity Agreement.

A Legal Bombshell Could Wreck The Criminal Case Against Bill Cosby

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An agreement purportedly made ten years ago by a former prosecutor could mean the end of the criminal charges against Bill Cosby.

Supreme Court Accepts Appeal Of Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

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The Supreme Court has agreed to review the legal basis for the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on public corruption charges.

Obama’s Executive Action On Guns Is More Symbolism Than Substance

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The gun control regulations to be announced later today by President Obama later today amount to far less than the hype would lead you to believe.

‘Militia’ Takes Over Federal Wildlife Refuge

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A group led by Ammon Bundy, son of Clive Bundy, has taken over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon to protest somethingorother.

Bill Cosby Charged With Sexual Assault In Pennsylvania

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After nearly two years of decades old stories leaking out, entertainment legend Bill Cosby has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2005.

Tamir Rice And The Question Of How The Law Should Handle Officer-Involved Shootings

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The decision by a Cleveland Grand Jury to decline to indict a police officer in the shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice raises once again questions about how the law handles shootings involving police officers.

When Life Imitates an Episode of “Breaking Bad”

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Via WCVB:  $1 million in cash found in disgraced former state representative’s safe deposit boxes U.S. Marshals said they found the cash in safe deposit boxes controlled by John George, 68, who is also a former Dartmouth Selectman. George was convicted and sentenced to 70 months in prison on federal charges for embezzling from a […]

Delaware Becomes The Latest State To Decriminalize Marijuana

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Delaware has become the latest state to liberalize its laws regarding marijuana.

Mistrial In First Trial Of Officer In Freddie Gray Case Deals Prosecution A Setback

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A setback for prosecutors in the Freddie Gray case.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Ban On So-Called ‘Assault Weapons’ According To New Poll

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A new poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose a ban on so-called ‘assault weapons,’ a marked change from two decades ago.

Los Angeles Public Schools Closed In Wake Of ‘Unspecified Threats’

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Every public school in Los Angeles, which covers over 600,000 students, plus teachers and staff, has been closed for the day in the wake of unspecified threats.

Colorado Springs Shooter Robert Dear Admits Guilt, Confirms Motive, In Courtroom Outburst

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The man who killed three and wounded several others at a Colorado Planned Parenthood seemingly admitted guilt and motive in a courtroom outburst, but questions about his mental capacity remain.

Justice Department Opens Investigation Of Chicago Police Department

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The Justice Department has launched a widespread investigation into the operation of the Chicago Police Department in the wake of the murder of LaQuan McDonald.

Media Tour Of San Bernardino Shooters’ Home Mostly Shows Media At Its Worst

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Yesterday, cable news networks, and most especially MSNBC, showed their profession at its most pathetic.

San Bernardino Shooter Reportedly ‘Radicalized,’ Wife Pledged Support To ISIS, Before Attack

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The probability that the shootings in San Bernardino were at least inspired by ISIS and/or other Jihadist terror networks is increasing.

Have There Really Been 355 ‘Mass Shootings’ This Year? Only If You’re Relying On Bad Data

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No, there really haven’t been 355 ‘mass shootings’ since January 1st. Not unless you’re relying on completely unreliable data.

America’s Massive Decline in Gun Violence

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Mass shootings rightly grab our attention. But the obscure the overall picture of violent crime.

Suspects Dead In San Bernardino Mass Shooting, But Much Remains Unclear

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The suspects in the San Bernardino shootings are dead, but that’s about all we know so far this morning.

Police Shooting In Chicago Beginning To Have A Political Impact

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The October 2014 shooting of 17 year old LaQuan McDonald is beginning to have a political impact in Chicago and could have national political implications as well.

At Least 14 Dead, 14 Wounded In Mass Shooting In San Bernardino, California, Multiple Shooters Reported

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Multiple victims, and possibly multiple shooters, reported in San Bernardino, California.

Political Rhetoric You Disagree With Isn’t Responsible For Someone Else’s Criminal Acts

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Blaming political opponents for criminal acts they clearly didn’t commit or advocate isn’t a political argument, it’s demagoguery.

Colorado Springs Shooter Is An Enigma, But The Shooting Is Being Politicized Anyway

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We still don’t know very much about Robert Dear, the man who shot and killed three people at the site of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, but that hasn’t stopped the usual suspects from politicizing the case.

Info on the Colorado Springs Shooter

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Via NPR:  What We Know About The Alleged Planned Parenthood Shooter

Gunman In Standoff At Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Clinic, Motive Unclear. Update: Shooter Now In Custody

Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooting

A gunman is holed up in a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs after shooting multiple people, but it’s unclear what if any motive may be involved in the shooting.

Another White House Fence Jumper, This Time Caught On Camera

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The additional security measures that the Secret Service has put in place didn’t stop a man from making a jump over the White House fence yesterday: A man draped in an American flag was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after he jumped the fence of the White House while the first family was inside celebrating […]

Chicago Cop Charged With First-Degree Murder In 2014 Death Of 17 Year-Old African-American Male

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A Chicago Police Officer has been charged with murder in the death of a 17 year old African-American male that, from the evidence that has been released, seems completely unjustifiable.

Jonathan Pollard Released From Federal Prison After Thirty Years

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After thirty years in Federal Prison, Jonathan Pollard is a free man. Make no mistake, though. Pollard is not, and never has been, a hero and he deserves to be remembered as nothing but the criminal that he is.

Chief Suspect In Paris Attacks Killed In Police Raid, French Authorities Report

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French officials have confirmed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the man believed to be the plotter of last Friday’s attacks in Paris, was killed in a police raid early Wednesday morning. This doesn’t mean authorities in France or elsewhere in Europe are any less concerned about future attacks, though.

Pennsylvania Court Reinstates Jerry Sandusky’s State Pension

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This is likely to outrage a lot of people, but it may not be incorrect under the law.

Supreme Court Considers Case Where Civil Asset Forfeiture And The Sixth Amendment Collide

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The Supreme Court is now considering a case that deals with the problem of overly broad civil asset forfeiture laws and a Defendant’s right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment.

Louisiana Police Officers Charged With Murder In Death Of Six Year Old During Chase

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Thanks apparently in part to body camera footage, two police officers in Louisiana are facing murder charges in the shooting death of a child during a police chase.

Greg Hardy is a Bad Human Being and a Good Football Player

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My favorite sports team employs a thug.

Bernie Sanders Wants To End The Federal Marijuana Ban, Conservatives Should Support Him

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Senator Bernie Sanders wants to let states decide how to regulate marijuana, or to not regulate it at all if they choose. Intellectually honest conservatives should support his effort.

Dennis Hastert’s Portrait Removed From House Of Representatives

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Politico reports that one of the first notable impacts of Paul Ryan’s Speakership has been the removal of the portrait of Dennis Hastert from the group of portraits of former Speakers Of The House that are displayed in an area just off the House Floor. Hastert, you will recall, was indicted over the summer on Federal […]

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty On Federal Banking Law Charges

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has entered a guilty plea in the Federal banking fraud case that he was indicted on earlier this year: CHICAGO — J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to trying to evade federal banking laws, telling a district judge here that he had known […]

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Reaches Plea Deal In Banking Law/Sexual Misconduct Case

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted on charges that he structured withdrawals from his bank accounts to evade Federal reporting requirements, has apparently reached a plea deal with Federal prosecutors: CHICAGO — J. Dennis Hastert, the small-town wrestling coach who rose to political power as the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House, intends […]

Ten Dead, Multiple People Injured, In Shooting On Oregon College Campus

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Up to 13 people are dead and as many 20 injured after another mass shooting on a college campus.

South Carolina To Seek Death Penalty For Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof

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Prosecutors in South Carolina announced that they will seek the death penalty for Charleston shooter Dylann Roof.

Virginia Man Dies After Being Held In Jail For Four Months Without Trial Or Bail

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Four months in jail, no opportunity for bail, no trial, no access to mental health care. And, now Jamycheal Mitchell is dead.

The Daily News Crosses The Line From Journalism To Murder Porn

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A front page cover on yesterday’s murders in Virginia crosses the line from reporting to exploitation.

Reporter And Cameraman Shot To Death Live On The Air In Virginia

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A reporter and cameraman for a local television station were killed, and a third person wounded, live on the air this morning.

Colorado Jury Spares James Holmes From Death Penalty In Aurora Movie Theater Shooting Case

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Somewhat surprisingly, a jury in Colorado was unable to agree on a unanimous death sentence for Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes.

Cincinnati Cop Indicted For Murder In Traffic Stop Shooting Death

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A police officer in Cincinnati has been indicted for murder in a case that seems to be a pretty clear cut example of improper use of force.

Chris Christie Still Has Reefer Madness

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Chris Christie says he would ignore states that have legalized marijuana if he became President. Fortunately, he will most likely never be President.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Released November 21st

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After 30 years in prison, Jonathan Pollard will be released later this year.

U.S. Considering Releasing Jonathan Pollard?

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Reports are circulating that the Obama Administration is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard, and many are seeing it as an effort to placate Israel in the wake of the Iran deal.

Texas Appeals Court Tosses One Of Two Counts Against Rick Perry

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A big win in Court for the former Texas Governor, but it’s unclear what this means politically.

Special Prosecutors For Police-Involved Shootings?

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Removing the responsibility to investigate police misconduct from the prosecutors who have to work with those police on a daily basis is a good idea.

Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Indicted On Federal Hate Crimes Charges

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Dylann Roof has been indicted in Federal Court for completely unnecessary reasons.

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