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Illinois Passes a Law Limiting Use of Jailhouse Snitches

In a victory for advocates of fair trials for individuals accused of crime, the State of Illinois has adopted a law that will restrict the use of jailhouse snitch testimony by prosecutors.

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Wells Fargo Settles Class Action for Fraudulent Accounts

Wells Fargo agreed to settle a class action lawsuit concerning its fraudulent behavior in opening millions of checking, savings, and credit card accounts in the names of customers who did not authorize them.

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DNA Expert Witness From Casey Anthony’s Murder Trial Discredited

DNA expert Richard Eikelenboom has been barred from providing testimony in an upcoming sexual assault case after a Denver district court found that Eikelenboom has committed numerous errors and had inadequate training.

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Does Selling Bitcoins Violate Laws Against Money Laundering?

As Bitcoin grows in popularity, questions about the legality of selling Bitcoins have been raised, prompting lawmakers to decide whether the statutory definition of money should be broadened to include Bitcoins.

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Cyber-Attack Leads to Cat Fight in Court

Two competing companies – in the business of shipping subscription goodies boxes for cats – fight over the same customer base. Meowbox, one of the companies, unleashed a denial of service attack on its competitor, KitNipBox. Now they are fighting it out in court.

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Is Sleeping While Intoxicated a Crime?

Is it a crime to sleep in your car after having too much to drink at the bar? The answer may surprise you.

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Operator of Revenge Porn Site Sentenced to 18 Years

Kevin Bollaert, the operator of a revenge porn website, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of six counts of extortion and 21 counts of identity fraud. Bollaert operated websites called UGotPosted.com and ChangeMyReputation.com, where he encouraged people to post intimate pictures of others as well as gossip about them, without the consent of those depicted.

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Has Your Lawyer Been Hacked?

Because US law firms are reluctant to publicly discuss cyber intrusions and report data breaches, it is not possible to determine whether cyberattacks against law firms are on the rise, according to a recent report by Citigroup.

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California Adopts ‘Yes Means Yes’ Law: Having Sex Becomes Risky for College Students

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the "Affirmative Consent" bill, making California the first state in the nation to adopt "yes means yes" laws. Under the new law, which will take effect on college campuses, silence or lack of resistance from sexual activity does not constitute consent. The law defines people who are drunk, drugged, unconscious or asleep as unable to give consent.

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When Is An Online Threat Considered a Crime?

When does offensive, violent or threatening language cross the (digital) line and become a crime? Can a threat be determined by an objective standard alone, or does the First Amendment require greater scrutiny of the author's state of mind? These are issues that the United States Supreme Court will address when it hears the case of a man prosecuted for sharing a number of disturbing status updates on Facebook for others to see.

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Which States Have the Toughest Drunk Driving Penalties?

Arizona is often regarded as the state with the toughest drunk driving laws. For a first offense in this state, a mandatory ignition interlock device will be installed on the offenders's vehicle. Washington takes the cake for steepest fines for drunk driving offenses, where it's not uncommon for drunk drivers, even first offenders, to end up paying up to $5,000 in fines and fees.

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