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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Recognizes Sex Offender Registration As Punitive

Yesterday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state’s registration requirements for sex offenders impose punishment in the guise of regulation and therefore cannot be applied retroactively to people who committed their crimes before the rules were established. Five of the six justices who heard the case agreed that retroactive application of Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender […]

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Marijuana Legalization Is Another Reason Dogs Should Not Issue Search Warrants

ReasonUntil recently, Kilo, a drug-detecting dog employed by the Moffat County, Colorado, sheriff’s office, had a good, reliable gig, justifying searches by alerting to vehicles cops deemed suspicious. But a state appeals court ruling published last week casts doubt on Kilo’s future. The decision confirms that Kilo, like every other conventionally trained drug dog in […]

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Nonmedical Marijuana Use Is (Mainly) Recreational, So Why Not Call It That?

This month Nevada’s medical marijuana dispensaries began serving all consumers 21 or older, not just patients with doctor’s recommendations. The name for this new sort of cannabis commerce, according to Question 2, the 2016 ballot initiative that legalized it, is “retail marijuana,” a term that fails to distinguish between medical use, which has been allowed […]

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House Advances Bill That Would Expand the DEA’s Power to Make Legal Highs Illegal

Senate Judiciary CommitteeYesterday the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would expand the attorney general’s unilateral authority to ban psychoactive substances in a vain effort to keep up with inventive underground chemists. The Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017, a.k.a. the SITSA Act, would create a new category under […]

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NRA Breaks Its Silence on Philando Castile Shooting

Spokeswoman Dana Loesch calls the incident “a terrible tragedy that could have been avoided.” But by whom? Jacob Sullum|Jul. 10, 2017 5:30 pm NRAYesterday the National Rifle Association broke its recent silence on the shooting of Philando Castile, a Minnesota carry permit holder who was killed during a traffic stop last summer by a cop […]

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Philando Castile’s Mother to Get $3 Million From City That Hired Cop Who Killed Him

St. Anthony Police DepartmentCastile familyThe mother of Philando Castile, who was shot dead by St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer Jeronimo Yanez last summer, will receive $3 million under a settlement agreement announced yesterday. The settlement, which will be covered by the city’s liability insurance, avoids a federal civil rights lawsuit that Valerie Castile had planned […]

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