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Is Photographing Abandoned Buildings Legal?

By Richard Dahl

The COVID-19 pandemic has prodded Americans to discover new outdoor activities that don't involve crowds. Many of these activities focus on exercise, like hiking and biking. But Americans have also rediscovered the joys of the good, old-fashioned afternoon drive. And as they motor along, they've rediscovered other good, old-fashioned things — like abandoned buildings.

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What You Should Know Before Purchasing a Gun From a Pawn Shop

By Linda Long, Esq.

Buying a firearm from a pawnshop can be a cost-effective way to purchase a gun for hunting, home protection, or to add to your personal collection. But there are some things that you should know before you purchase from a pawnbroker. Below, you will find everything that you will need to know before you decide to buy a gun from a pawnshop.

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What Will Happen to Alec Baldwin?

By Andrew Leonatti

Hollywood was rocked by the recent news that a cinematographer was killed and a director was hurt when legendary actor Alec Baldwin fired what he thought were blanks from a gun while filming a movie. So far, Baldwin is cooperating with an investigation by local authorities in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, the site of the film set. The district attorney is refusing to rule out charges against the actor or anyone else.

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Can I Legally Drive With My Trunk Open?

By Teo Spengler, J.D.

Many people occasionally drive their cars, trucks, or SUVs with the trunk open. This may or may not be legal, depending on the vehicle you are driving, the state you live in, and whether you are carrying cargo in the back of the truck.

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Illinois Says Police Interrogators Must Stop Lying to Minors

By Richard Dahl

Do police interrogators knowingly lie to minors to gain confessions that might be false? The answer, at least sometimes, appears to be yes. And now some states are taking steps to halt the practice. In July, the governors of Illinois and Oregon signed bills into law making their states the first to bar police from lying to minors during questioning. In New York, a similar bill would go even further, barring police interrogators from lying to anyone.

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Could Rioters' Defense Be: 'Trump Said It Was OK'?

By Richard Dahl

Let's say you know the police chief in your town and he tells you it's OK to park in a "No Parking" zone. Let's say that you do and when you come back to your car, there's a parking ticket tucked beneath your windshield wiper. If you would decide to contest the matter in traffic court, you might have a strong case. That's because you received permission from a "public authority" to do something that otherwise would be considered illegal.

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