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  • Fight for your right to party ... or trespass?
    Fight for your right to party ... or trespass?

    The house was supposed to be vacant, the owner says. The partygoers in a poor neighborhood in the District of Columbia say the police who broke up the evening of lap dances and drug use had no reason ...

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  • A stun belt can't be used as punishment for not answering questions, appeals court rules
    A stun belt can't be used as punishment for not answering questions, appeals court rules

    A defendant in Texas had his conviction thrown out on appeal after a judge used a stun belt — normally outfitted in case there's a possibility of violence — as punishment for refusing to answer ...

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  • U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Florida open-carry case
    U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Florida open-carry case

    It's legal to carry a concealed weapon in Florida, if you've got the right permit. But in declining to hear an appeal from a St. Lucie man, the U.S. Supreme Court allows a ban on the open carrying of ...

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  • Government might get new rules regarding your cell phone location data
    Government might get new rules regarding your cell phone location data

    The United States Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in Carpenter v. United States, the case of whether it's proper for law enforcement officials to use cellular location data. That's ...

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  • Cops thought it was meth, he said it was doughnut glaze
    Cops thought it was meth, he said it was doughnut glaze

    The importance of proper evidence testing — and the importance of challenging such tests — led to a Central Florida man being awarded $37,500 after it was determined that "a rock-like substance on the ...

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  • Thousands of cases may still be tossed after drug-lab abuse
    Thousands of cases may still be tossed after drug-lab abuse

    Thousands of cases still on the books after a drug lab chemist was convicted of stealing and using the drugs from the lab in question should be thrown out, lawyers say, after Massachusetts officials ...

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