Buried in all the recent news about ISIS, horrific weather lashing the United States, the violence of NFL players, and the like, came a hardly noticed news item about the idea of legalizing drugs. Yes, all drugs.
Inside courtrooms where the most-watched trials take place there is a group of unsung regulars - professional courtroom artists. Whenever I can I try to get a seat next to one of them. Watching them work is a treat.
To this day, no one has been held accountable for the deeds that took a loving brother and son, and a doting and beautiful mother. The court of public opinion may have decided who the murderer was, but that is cold comfort to the families who are still left wanting.
Can a dog violate your constitutional rights? The high court recently agreed to hear two separate cases from Florida in which police dogs, trained to sniff out illegal drugs, alerted their human handlers to the presence of drugs.
It's time for a lesson in the latest illegal street drugs. You might want to tear out this column and carry it with you to help remember the modern-day lingo associated with today's illicit drug trade.
I propose we forget the one-size-fits-all category of "sex offender." Let's give those who have gone on to live law abiding lives for a set number of years the hope -- the goal -- of getting their names expunged.