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Angelina Jolie’s Alleged Drug Video

It’s disappointing to hear when someone from our past gets a laugh at our expense—especially when all the evidence that could exonerate us is too far gone to present a defense. This is why it’s constitutionally unfair to bring charges against someone after too much time has passed. This is what has happened to world-renowned and local Southern California saint Angelina Jolie. A man who claims to be her ex-drug dealer released a 17-minute video of Jolie frantically talking on the telephone. That’s it? Yes, that’s all. To me, it looked like a make-shift improvisation to...

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Laguna Niguel Outrage Over Elementary Drug Program

A handful of parents whose 5th-graders attended Laguna Niguel Elementary school's drug awareness program are angered by a short YouTube video showing youngsters smoking salvia. According to some of the parents, there was no opt-out option to take their children out of the program--saying that if there was, they would have exercised their option to do so. Orange County Sheriff's Department were aiming to educate the students on the dangers of smoking substances such as salvia and to show how it affects users by way of how the video depicted the kids reacting to the drug. The...

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Drug Possession Charged as Sales: How Much is Too Much?

One thing that is all-too-common in drug crimes is the possession case that is charged as a sales case.  Many clients are outraged and terrified to learn they are being accused of being a "Drug Dealer" when they have only engaged in personal uses of a controlled substance. There are a few reasons why these cases end up being charged as "sales cases" and many clients seem to experience at least one of these patterns. Amount: More Than One Would Normally "Use" On Their Own Taking a look at the elements of Possession for Sales charge, you will not find any reference to...

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The Trial of Susan B. Anthony

The story of an American Hero - Tried as a Criminal Many people in our have mixed feelings about our criminal justice system—in particular, trials by jury. Some feel that people beat charges on technicalities while others point to innocent defendants that are incarcerated for crimes they never committed. We are hopeful that the worst case scenarios occur infrequently, maybe rarely, as compared to the standard law and order we want to believe in. But there are many reasons why the jury system serves a function in our society beyond guilty or not guilty. The trial of Susan B. Anthony stands as...

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Medicare Seniors Overprescribed Painkillers

Medicare's prescription drug program (known as Part D, under the Medicare comprehensive plan) reveals a rising use, misuse, and overprescription of common painkiller (opiodes) and anti-anxiety medications. To name a few, research show that there has been a steady increase in the prescription of hydrocodone, oxycodone, (which rose up to 50%) and increased dosage rates from one month supplies to three month supplies. Some are alarmed at these rates because they indicate careless prescribing methodologies by physicians who do not regulate and monitor the safety risks posed to seniors on such powerful prescription drugs. Among the most prescribed of the medications are hydrocodone-acetaminophen...

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DEA Blasted for Stonewalling Marijuana Research

The Drug Policy Alliance and Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) released a comprehensive sixteen page report entitled:    “The DEA: Four Decades of Impending and Rejecting Science.”   The compilation hinges on a two-part argument based on the last 40 years of legislative and scientific studies.   First, the institutes claim the DEA has been refusing to declassify marijuana from the most serious and highest drug classification of Schedule I substances (that that are the most severely addicting and with no medicinal use to the user) without any legitimacy and contradictory authority. Second, the agency has been curtailing research on medicinal marijuana in the form of...

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The New Vicodin on Steroids

There is a growing fervor over the soon-to-be-released prescription drug Zohydro, which is a powerful new pain killer with pure hydrocodone.  Intended to be a “slow-release drug, the pill releases over a twelve hour period.   Activists that are fighting pharmaceutical companies and trying to bring pressure on government agencies argue that people who abuse prescription drugs are already expressing excitement about how Zohydro can be manipulated for a more dramatic high.   This was the case with other painkiller medications that were made crush proof so that they could no longer be snorted by heavy addicts....

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Suing the Police

Something went terribly wrong. You were either wrongfully searched, detained, arrested, charged, beaten, handcuffed, tasered, prosecuted, had your privacy invaded, been singled out due to racially motivated misconduct, or have been conspired against to deny your Civil Rights.

Arrested in College

When parents send their children off to college, many do not realize the potential legal difficulties some of their young adult offspring may face if they wind up arrested at college. While making the decision to move away from home to live either on-campus or closer to their college, students may throw caution to the wind and forget that they must now independently be responsible for all behavior. The college years are filled with great expectations as well as new-found freedom at every turn. When this lack of supervision gives way to criminal behavior, young adults find themselves asking parents to...

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Criminal Charges in College

Criminal Charges in College: “A conviction is forever”   Most college freshmen are teenagers prone to the juvenile ideas, urges, and impulses of that age group reinforced by group life on residential campuses. The discipline they must exert daily for long, tiresome hours of sedentary study and class attendance is usually difficult for such vibrant individuals, who at times welcome cheap thrills as entertaining diversions from their boredom and frustration over long periods of necessary but resented self-restraint. Some students find such diversions in bottle bombs. Two students at MessiahCollege, a Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania religious campus, got into serious legal trouble with criminal charges...

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