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Is It Legal to Rescue Farm Animals From Cruelty?

By Richard Dahl

It is legal in many states to rescue dogs from hot cars if you see them suffering. But if you try to rescue an abused farm animal, you could have the same experience as sisters Alexandra Paul (a former star on the "Baywatch" TV show) and Alicia Santurio. The California…

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Can You Own a Gun and Use Marijuana?

By Heather Kennedy-Bordeaux, Esq.

A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that a federal law prohibiting marijuana users from owning firearms is unconstitutional. The ruling is the latest to remove firearms restrictions based on the reasoning in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. In Bruen, the court ruled that, for regulations…

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How Retail Stores Prevent Self-Checkout Theft

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

Consumer confidence unexpectedly dipped in January. A tight labor market and worries about inflation have made Americans a little wary of the direction the economy is headed. The bottom line for retailers is that most of us are a little less eager to shop for non-essential items. It also means…

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When Can a Police Dog Attack?

By Arin E. Berkson, J.D.

Law enforcement commonly uses drug detection dogs in the United States to alert police officers to the presence of illegal drugs and other contraband. But dogs can also be used by police departments to administer force during arrests. Although trained dogs are generally considered a “less lethal force” method…

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Car Accidents Caused by Impaired Driving Are On the Rise

By Catherine Hodder, Esq.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a report that in motor vehicle crashes "just over 54% of injured drivers had drugs or alcohol in their systems, with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient in marijuana, the most prevalent, followed by alcohol."

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The January 6 Committee Referrals, Explained

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

On December 18, the House Select Committee on January 6 voted to refer former president and declared presidential candidate Donald Trump and a few of his associates to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. No House investigative committee has ever recommended the prosecution of a former president before.

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