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Amy Dardashtian is a television correspondent and attorney living and working in New York City. She is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and has reported on trials in the tri-state area.

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SCOTUS: Is Trump's Immigration Policy More Constitutional Than Obama's?

(4) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 2:51 PM

Mass deportation. Donald Trump's herd them up and ship them out rhetoric is getting more attention than Miley Cyrus at the VMAs. Everyone from Barbara Walters to Scott Pelley has asked the presidential hopeful, how can you do this?

His answer usually sounds a little something like this, "we...

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Drones, the Robot Revolution and a Star Wars Society

(5) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 5:28 PM

It's estimated that nearly a million drones will sell this holiday season. Think about that for a moment. A million more drones. Now look up at the cool, clear sky because one day it won't look so vast. The aerial landscape will be littered with tiny robots whizzing...

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Why Daily Fantasy Sports Is Redefining Gambling

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 4:53 PM

What is gambling? It's a new question with an old-aged answer. The creation of daily fantasy sports necessitates a change in our country's legal definition of gambling. Ever since DraftKings and FanDuel attracted the attention of politicians looking to get a slice of their multi-billion dollar businesses for state funds...

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Why Fantasy Sports Makes 'Insider Trading' Legal

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 10:45 AM

A recent Washington Post headline reads, "Insider-trading scandal rocks daily fantasy sports industry." There is one problem with that headline; there is no such thing as "insider trading" in fantasy sports. It is unregulated. Insider trading activities are illegal when laws make them illegal. For example, trading a...

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Would You Want Khloe Kardashian Making Your Life and Death Decisions? How to Avoid it.

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 4:16 PM

News that Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian's divorce was never finalized led to the revelation that she's reportedly in charge of making his medical decisions. This means that when he was on life-support, she was deciding or about to decide whether to keep him alive or pull-the plug....

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How a Nevada Commission Bullied UFC's Nick Diaz Out of the Ring

(6) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 4:49 PM

The Nick Diaz hearing is the perfect example of a regulatory body abusing its power. Whether you are a UFC fan or not, all eyes should be on Diaz's hearing on YouTube. We see a regulatory body unfairly test an athlete more than his fellow fighters. We see...

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Nick Diaz's 'Career Death Sentence' Won't Hold Up In Court

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 3:40 PM

Support for UFC fighter Nick Diaz is skyrocketing after the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned him from fighting for the next five years. Due to Diaz's age, many say the ban amounts to a career death sentence. The ruling followed an intense three-hour long hearing before...

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Judge Vindicates Tom Brady, Embarrasses NFL

(94) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Obviously, Judge Richard Berman is not a die-hard New York football fan or if he is, he was able to put that bias aside. Even if you despise Tom Brady, the overturning of his suspension was the right legal decision. Judge Berman did not rule on whether Brady knew or...

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Jail for Cosby? The Case for Serial Rape

(14) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Despite Bill Cosby's sheer number of accusers, at first many Cosby friends and fans found their allegations hard to believe. Not Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable! Then a judge unsealed a court document. In it, Cosby admits to procuring Quaaludes and intending to drug women for sex. Now, most find the allegations...

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From Television Reporter to Mom

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 3:17 PM

A malteser is the British version of a whopper. I first met the chocolate malt ball when I presented a box to the President of NBC News. "How did you know I love these?" She asked. "A birdie told me," I said, coolly. I had done my research. After reading...

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Colorado Shooter's Urge to Kill Could Set Him Free

(6) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 3:10 PM

A jury will soon decide whether James Holmes is guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity. Last week, one of his victims, Ashley Moser, took the stand in her wheelchair. She is paralyzed from the waist down. She described how she was watching a Batman sequel in a theater...

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Jurors Admit: Defense Blunder Critical In Hernandez Guilty Verdict

(11) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 11:57 AM

On Wednesday, I made the observation that Aaron Hernandez's defense team sealed his fate by irresponsibly and outrageously conceding during closing arguments that he was at the scene of the crime, witnessed the murder and did nothing. It was a colossal shift in the defense strategy and I believe it...

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Guilty: Aaron Hernandez's Attorney Sells Him Out

(25) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 4:28 PM

Aaron Hernandez can thank his attorney for making the jury's guilty verdict a no brainer. His defense attorney basically sealed Aaron Hernandez's fate when he conceded in closing arguments that Hernandez was present at the time of Odin Lloyd's murder. Under Massachusetts law, the theory of...

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Hey Aaron Hernandez: Who Shot Odin Lloyd?

(8) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:50 AM

A murder trial is a lot like football: a game of strategy. Normally, no jury would convict Aaron Hernandez on a first-degree murder charge absent proof that Hernandez pulled the trigger. O.J. Simpson's prosecutors found the bloody glove that didn't fit and Hernandez's prosecutors found the joint that he lit....

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The Real Prejudice Behind the Garner/Brown Decisions

(14) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 10:25 AM

The lack of grand jury indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases left thousands maybe even hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Americans angry. Many consider the Garner decision most shocking after seeing a disturbing video of his takedown, as he stood, hands in the air,...

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Prosecution's Case Is Weak in Oscar Pistorius Trial

(31) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 7:51 PM

If you examine all the evidence presented thus far in the Oscar Pistorius case, there's just one critical fact, in my opinion. Perhaps this is just common sense, but I love stepping back and looking at the obvious when everyone overanalyzes a case and gets lost in it. Here's the...

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Utah Ruling May Foreshadow Supreme Court Defeat for Gay Marriage

(54) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 1:45 PM

The Supreme Court halted gay marriages in Utah with a judicial stay. The big question is whether nearly 1,000 marriages performed over the last three weeks will be valid if the 10th Circuit ultimately sides with Utah and upholds its ban on gay marriage. Let's put it this way: The...

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2013: What's Behind the Headlines?

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 10:45 AM

A look back at the sand slipping through the hourglass that was 2013 and very few of the headlines circulating reflect on a positive year. We remember one filled with strife, tragedy, loss, destruction, lewdness, insensitivity, irresponsibility, fury, fear, helplessness, disappointment, anger and tears.

The lists on surveys conducted...

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Jonathan Martin's Polite, Suicide-Free Society

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:41 PM

When Miami Dolphin Jonathan Martin complained he was bullied by teammate Richie Incognito, the public chose sides in a way we have not seen before in recent bullying stories. Almost always, the "victim" garners overwhelming public sympathy and the accused bully is despicable. When the victim commits suicide, the bully...

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Zimmerman Verdict Exposes Deficiencies in U.S. Self-Defense Law

(435) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 3:52 PM

How can a teenage boy be dead and the man who killed him walk free with no legal consequences? That's the question people across this nation are struggling with. Those who believe George Zimmerman should have been found guilty and those who believe the verdict was correct, share the same...

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