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First Came the Breathalyzer, Now Meet the Roadside Police “textalyzer”

We’re all familiar with the Breathalyzer, the brand name for a roadside device that measures a suspected drunken driver’s blood-alcohol level. It has been in use for decades. Now there’s a so-called “textalyzer” device to help the authorities determine whether someone involved in a motor vehicle accident was unlawfully driving while distracted.

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A Compassionate Judge Sentences a Veteran to 24 Hours in Jail, Then Joins Him Behind Bars

District Court Judge Lou Olivera, who presides over a treatment court for veterans with mental health issues in Cumberland County, N.C., explains what the court does and what it means to him. (Cumberland County Public Information Office). The judge knew that Sgt. Joseph Serna had been through a lot.

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5 Things TV Gets Wrong About Criminal Defense Lawyers

Here’s a list of some of the biggest mistakes TV makes about criminal defense attorneys:

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Jones Found Not Guilty of First Degree Murder, Jury Convicts Him of 2nd Degree

On Friday, April 27, 2018, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty of First Degree Murder but convicted Willie Nathan Jones of the lesser included charge of Second Degree Murder and Attempted Second Degree Murder. First Degree Murder carries a penalty of Life Imprisonment. Second Degree Murder carries a penalty of between 15-25 years.

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Knoxville Police Officer Resigns After Indictment on Drug Charges

Joshua Hurst, a 13-year veteran of the Knoxville Police Department, and seven other people face various drug charges, Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen said at a news conference Wednesday. The drugs dealt included oxycodone, oxymorphone — both prescription opiates — and methamphetamine, she said, over a span of nearly two years.

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There Hasn’t Been a Criminal Defense Lawyer on The Supreme Court in 25 Years. That’s a Problem.

It’s been a quarter-century since a former criminal defense lawyer sat on the Supreme Court. Since then, crime has fallen by half. Incarceration has risen, then fallen (slightly) again. Americans are becoming more and more critical of the “tough-on-crime” mindset that defined the end of the 20th century, and more skeptical that police and prosecutors will always use their powers for good — in other words, they’re coming in line with how defense lawyers see the world.

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What Motivates a Lawyer to Defend a Tsarnaev, a Castro or A Zimmerman?

The trauma nurses who took care of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after his arrest have a straightforward explanation. “I don’t get to pick and choose my patients,” one told the Boston Globe.

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