Understanding the Law

Explaining court cases, statutes, and executive actions across the country, providing valuable analysis of the facts and legal impact on the public.

NYPD Engages in some (F)risky Business

March 1, 2013

Over the past 20 years, stop-and-frisk policing has risen to unprecedented levels in New York City.  Studies have shown that from 1990 to 1995, the New York Police Department (NYPD) subjected about 40,000 people a year to these searches.  In 2011, that number climbed to over 684,000.  What is ...[Continue Reading]

Orange County Public Smoking Ban to Take Effect in 2013

December 21, 2012

On November 21, Orange County Commissioners voted 6-1 to ban smoking in most public places.  Prior to the vote, the commissioners were presented with two gallon jars that contained more than 6,000 cigarette butts collected on Franklin Street in 2010.  Commissioner Earl McKee cast the only vote ...[Continue Reading]
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