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August 2015 Archives

University Students May Soon Receive Additional Rights When Faced With Disciplinary Action

College students at any institution in America are fully aware that a disciplinary hearing facilitated by a university is nothing to joke about. Not only can a student potentially be expelled or suspended, but the stigma that goes along with being the subject of a university disciplinary investigation or hearing can be extremely hurtful while attending the university and well beyond graduation. A new bill that was proposed in Congress aims to help make the process of being involved in a disciplinary hearing more fair.

Second Circuit: Drug Buyer Not Automatically Part of Drug Distribution Conspiracy

Federal drug allegations are serious matters. Many federal drug prosecutions involve potential mandatory minimum prison terms that require convicted drug offenders to spend a minimum amount of time behind bars. One of the most serious types of drug-related convictions - for participating in a conspiracy - can punish the defendant for the actions of others, resulting in liability for more than the amount of drugs the person sold or possessed himself. A recent opinion handed down by a federal appellate court places limitations on the government's ability to charge drug offenders with conspiracy for simply purchasing drugs from a group of drug dealers.

Could Built-in Alcohol-Sensing Technologies Be Coming to All Vehicles?

All drivers know that getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking too much is a bad idea. Many individuals have had the experience of getting into the driver's seat of a car or truck and asking themselves, "Am I good to drive, right now?" Some drivers will attempt to recite the alphabet backwards or walk an imaginary straight line in an attempt to preview their performance if they were to be subject to a field sobriety test. And finally, a decision is made. Most of the time, the individual will choose to drive. But what if a technology was built into vehicles that could tell you whether you were okay to drive before the car is even turned on? That is what several anti-drunk driving groups are proposing, and the idea is gaining traction.

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