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]

Can States Legalize the Use of Marijuana?

November 8, 2012

The November 2012 Election will be remembered for many reasons.  One of the most memorable and toughly fought presidential campaigns ended in a decisive win for President Barack Obama.  The balance of power in the United States Congress remained unchanged, but this 113th Congress will begin its ...[Continue Reading]

Unconstitutional Dog-Sniffs – Man’s Best Frenemy

October 16, 2012

“Working like a dog.”  This is a phrase I have never quite understood.  My dog has never worked a day in his life, and until there is a high demand for butt-sniffing, then I doubt he ever will.  However, not all dogs are lazy bums.  Indeed, canine units have been integrated into nearly ...[Continue Reading]
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