IT IS not often that a criminal trial involves a prosecutor pushing for rehabilitation and appropriate counselling", and a defence lawyer urging the judge to jail his client. But that is what happened at a hearing on June 2nd for Amos Yee, a 16-year-old Singaporean blogger found guilty of circulating an obscene image and insulting Christians.
Alaska's Marijuana Control Board will craft regulations surrounding legalized recreational and commercial marijuana. Of 132 applicants vying for the spots, here are the five chosen by Gov. Bill Walker.
Bad“He always got in trouble, and every time he did, I would grab him by the ear and take him to the police station,” she said. Modal Trigger Pamela Sweat Photo: CNN The trouble started when Sweat was 9 and his dad bought him a broken fishing pole for his birthday, she recalled. “He went to the bedroom and took his baseball and threw it through the window hoping it would hit his dad,” Pamela Sweat said. “He broke his new TV that I just got him for his birthday.”
CHINA'S stockmarket sell-off continues, with the Shanghai Composite sell-off reaching 10% in a week and approaching 30% from the peak. Somoene must be to blame and the authorities are investigating "market manipulation" with some short-selling accounts suspended. Earlier this week, measures were announced to prop up the market, including a proposal to allow traders to pledge their houses in margin accounts; one of the craziest ideas ever announced. What next? Pledge your kidneys on commodity futures?
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Another reason why WCC isn't always easy to differentiate....
Here’s how speed limits are established in most states, according to Federal Highway Administration research: Traffic engineers conduct a study to measure the average speed motor vehicles move along a road. The speed limit is then set at the 85th percentile. From then on, 85 percent of drivers would be traveling under the speed limit and 15 percent would be breaking the law. Sometimes other factors2 are taken into consideration, but in most places, speed limits are largely determined by the speed most people feel safe traveling.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers said that the man couldn't invoke state laws allowing animals to be shot in defense of life and property because his improper storage of garbage had caused the incident.
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This is the jist of those who advance the idea that victims can contribute to their own victimization. See Routine Activities Theory, for instance. In rape investigations, this has been extremely controversial (e.g. the idea that the rape victim might contribute by failing to wear proper clothing, etc.).
What do you think? Does the victim have to be 100% correct in order to be a "true" victim?
“We find FCI’s conduct with respect to this entire case demonstrative of a particularly nasty type of scorched earth tactics,” the court opinion said, referring to Finton Construction as FCI. “While we strongly suspect that FCI is the prime mover behind the prosecution of this lawsuit, we remind FCI’s counsel–and indeed, all attorneys–that while they owe their clients a duty to zealously represent them, that zealousness does not trump the duty they owe the courts and the judicial process to prosecute only lawsuits with merit.
“The type of uncivil behavior and specious tactics demonstrated by filing this case represents conduct that brings disrepute to the entire legal profession and amounts to toying with the courts.”
The lead undercover agent in the federal investigation of the drug-dealing website Silk Road pleaded guilty Wednesday to using his position to extract $500,000 in digital currency from the drug kingpin and an investor in another enterprise. In a plea agreement filed in federal court in San Francisco, Carl Force also admitted signing a contract with 20th Century Fox in March 2014 for a movie about the Silk Road investigation without authorization from the Drug Enforcement Administration, where h
The rule change would raise the threshold for people who earn overtime pay from $23,660 to $50,440 by 2016.
Rob Duke's insight:
Giving a person a managerial title was a key way companies kept pay low. Entry-level workers get less than 30 hours, so they don't qualify for benefits and salary employees get benefits, but very low pay (long hours). This could be a significant game changer for those who make low wages.
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