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  • How does the Grand Jury work in New York?
    How does the Grand Jury work in New York?

    The Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have gotten a lot of attention lately. And because in both instances the grand jury failed to indict, the grand jury system has also gotten a lot of attention. ...

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  • Criminal Liability for Another's Actions
    Criminal Liability for Another's Actions

    Suppose three people named Adam, Brian, and Charlie decide to rob a bank. They devise a plan in which Adam is going to go in first and announce that a robbery is occurring. The plan is for him to take ...

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  • When is a Police Officer Allowed to Use Deadly Force?
    When is a Police Officer Allowed to Use Deadly Force?

    There is obviously a lot of talk in the media lately regarding whether Police Officer Darren Wilson was legally justified in killing Michael Brown. In addition, Akai Gurley was fatally shot by a ...

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  • How does law enforcement determine your blood alcohol content (BAC)?
    How does law enforcement determine your blood alcohol content (BAC)?

    Suppose a person has a few glasses of wine with dinner and then drives home. Right before getting home, he turns onto his block without signaling. A police officer then pulls him over and detects an ...

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  • Gigi Jordan and Extreme Emotional Disturbance
    Gigi Jordan and Extreme Emotional Disturbance

    Gigi Jordan, a multimillion-dollar pharmaceutical executive, was found guilty of Manslaughter earlier this week. In 2010 she killed her autistic son by jamming a cocktail of drugs and alcohol down his ...

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  • NY High Court Strikes Down Queens DA Pre-Arraignment Procedures
    NY High Court Strikes Down Queens DA Pre-Arraignment Procedures

    The New York Court of Appeals vacated a defendant’s conviction and ordered a new trial in People v. Dunbar . They ruled that the statements made by the defendant should have been suppressed because ...

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