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Forget Roses for Valentine’s Day – Give Cannabis Instead

Forget Roses for Valentine’s Day – Give Cannabis Instead

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and if you’d like to take a different approach with your friends, family or loved ones this year besides the usual flowers, consider cannabis -- just make sure you follow all the rules concerning legal weed. We’ve listed the main laws you need...


A Year Later, Still No Answers for Family of Bijan Ghaisar

A Year Later, Still No Answers for Family of Bijan Ghaisar

Last year, Bijan Ghaisar died ten days after the National Park Police in Virginia opened fire and shot the unarmed 25-year-old motorist four times in the head at point-blank range after a minor collision. A total of nine shots were fired.
Since the shooting on November 17, 2017, neither the...


Police Unions Want to Block Release of Disciplinary Records

Police Unions Want to Block Release of Disciplinary Records

California has the dubious distinction of being the most secretive state in the nation when it comes to releasing police disciplinary records, but last year lawmakers approved SB 1421, which went into effect on January 1.
Now, in response to a California Public Records Act...

Washington Governor Pardoning Thousands with Weed Convictions

Washington Governor Pardoning Thousands with Weed Convictions

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced he will pardon thousands of state residents with misdemeanor marijuana convictions. He recently instituted the Marijuana Justice Initiative (“MJI”), which will expedite the clearances of approximately 3,500 people convicted of low-level marijuana...

New Year Brings New Superior Court Judge in Contra Costa County

New Year Brings New Superior Court Judge in Contra Costa County

Although Judge Linda Lye, 45, was officially appointed a Contra Costa superior court judge in late November by Governor Jerry Brown, an appointment during the holiday season is close enough to the New Year to count. Lye was named as a replacement for the notorious Judge Bruce C. Mills, a man barred...


Police Don’t Have to Release Body Cam Footage in Alabama

Police Don’t Have to Release Body Cam Footage in Alabama

On Thanksgiving night, 21-year-old Emantic (“E.J.”) Bradford Jr. lost his life to a police bullet while trying to direct shoppers away from gunfire at Alabama’s Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, the state’s largest indoor mall. The young man was a hero, but he was also a black...

Court Recommends Three-Month Suspension for California Prosecutor

Court Recommends Three-Month Suspension for California Prosecutor

It’s possible that prosecutor Andrew Ganz will have his license to practice law suspended for three months, based on a recommendation by State Bar Court of California Judge Pat McElroy after Ganz was found guilty of prosecutorial misconduct.
The State Bar of California not only...