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Bill Cosby has lost his first battle on the issue of whether an alleged 2005 agreement with a prosecutor bars his current Pennsylvania prosecution. The judge ruled at the end of the hearing, denying Cosby's motion to dismiss.
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It's all over the news, and as the Jian Ghomeshi trial begins, my hands are frigid. Yours may be, too. There are so many of us who have been sexual assault victims.
The initiative seeks to reintroduce parole hearings and early releases. If it passes, nonviolent felons will come up for parole once they complete the basic term for their original offense.
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The cardinal rule of the identity theft quagmire is simply that, sooner or later, every last one of us will get got. No exceptions. Now say it with me: "It's just a matter of time."
Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote that he could not define pornography, "But I know it when I see it." A Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge recently decided that she could define a lewd act when he saw it, and he knew it from a defendant's exposed penis.
In the legal lexicon, words take on meanings that are both specific and even counterintuitive. The legislators who drafted the California Penal Code knew this well and specifically defined a "violent" felony under California law.
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Based on the evidence presented at the hearing, I still think there's a real possibility that Cosby could succeed with this motion, at least in part. The result may turn on some key differences between the two sides' portrayals of what happened back in 2005.
What prompted O. J. Simpson, "Happy Face Killer" Keith Jesperson, and possibly the gang of Smiley Face Killers, to include the Smiley Face in their signatures? Were they trying to convey their love and joy, their ironic glee at spilling blood, or something else altogether?