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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Sues Minnesota Over New THC Regulations

By Laura Temme, Esq.

This summer, the Minnesota legislature approved a measure making edibles and beverages containing hemp-derived THC legal for folks over 21. Some rejoiced at the jump forward for a state where only medical marijuana was previously permitted. Others, not so much.

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Prosecutors Request New Trial for Subject of "Serial"

By Laura Temme, Esq.

A jury convicted Syed of kidnapping and murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 2000. Lee was 18 years old when she went missing in January 1999, and her body was found buried in a park a few weeks later. She had been strangled to death. Syed always maintained his innocence and spent the last two decades filing appeals and motions for post-conviction relief. But those requests didn't get far in Maryland courts — until prosecutors in Baltimore filed a motion to vacate Syed's conviction last week.

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So What Is a Special Master Anyway?

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

On Sept. 5, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida Aileen M. Cannon appointed a special master to review some 11,000 documents obtained by the FBI in its search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. This ruling essentially delegates to a third party the power to decide what documents the government can and can't use in its criminal investigation of the former president. To many lawyers, this development is breathtaking. Before we explain why, let's talk about what a special master is and why Judge Cannon's appointment of one here is so controversial.

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Is Alex Jones Legally Done For? Part 2

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

Sometimes the odor of an obnoxious client sticks to a genteel lawyer. Once in a while, a lawyer's unprofessional antics can tarnish a seemingly saintly client. In a rare case, they can somehow manage to make each other look terrible. Case in point — the Travis County, Texas, defamation lawsuit against right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. He was represented in that case by attorney F. Andino Reynal. Recall that the jury returned a nearly $50 million verdict against Jones for lying about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Jones and Reynal are now dealing with the fallout from that loss. We have already described some of the legal problems that Jones is facing. Let's focus here on what may be keeping Reynal up at night.

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Is Alex Jones Legally Done For? Part 1

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

Famous right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones got tagged with a nearly $50 million verdict in a Texas defamation case that arose out of lies he told about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. This is just one of his many legal troubles. We have some thoughts about what Mr. Jones and his lawyers get to look forward to. Let's focus in this post specifically on Jones. Then, we will talk about his lawyer's problems in another post.

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FBI Raids Mar-a-Lago: Could Trump Hold Office Again?

By Richard Dahl

What we do know about the FBI's Aug. 8 raid at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate is that it was unprecedented. No former president has ever been targeted by such a law enforcement action. Beyond that fact, however, many questions remain unanswered.

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