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Should the lead be lead?

During the 1960s, there was an "alarming" increase in the crime rate in the United States. This was one of the factors behind Richard Nixon's election as a "law and order" president. He also made the first reference to the "War on Drugs" that was part of his crime control initiatives.

Veteran with PTSD receives five years probation on gun charges

The criminal justice system has to deal with some difficult cases. While ostensibly designed to mete out punishment, protect society from the dangerous and engage in varying degrees of rehabilitation, it is sometimes faced with handling cases where there may be no bad guys, but there seem to be many victims.

What does it mean if a drug is considered Schedule I?

Over the last several years, the nation has been engaged in conversation about how law enforcement treats marijuana. Several states have legalized medical marijuana to varying degrees and two states have even legalized recreational use. This could be viewed as an overall shift in attitudes toward marijuana as it relates to public policy.

Feds storm into Iowa City pursuing synthetic drug charges

Over the last several years, synthetic drugs have increasingly entered the focus of federal officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration. The legality of these substances is in a constant state of flux, which can create significant complications for consumers.

Iowa authorities pursue charges in mobile meth lab case

Over the last several years, law enforcement officials throughout the country have taken a very tough stance against methamphetamine possession and production. In fact, individuals can be charged in Iowa for possessing precursors to manufacturing methamphetamine, not just the substance in its completed form.

Holder lays out sentencing reforms for non-violent drug offenses

Over the last several decades, law enforcement officials across the country have pushed very hard to incarcerate those who are convicted on drug charges. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently pointed out that half of the country's federal prison inmates are serving sentences for drug offenses. This startling fact has caused Holder and others to push for sentencing reforms.

Top court throws out charges related to Iowa drug death

Dealing with drug charges is obviously a very stressful experience. However, one thing to keep in mind is that prosecutors must be able to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt in order for the jury to issue a conviction. At times, law enforcement might not have enough evidence to support their claims as it relates to the relevant criminal statutes.

West Branch woman accused of purloining hydrocodone

A mix-up at an Iowa City pharmacy has resulted in a woman from West Branch being charged with a serious misdemeanor. The woman, who was a medical assistant at the Steindler Orthopedic Clinic at the time of the incident, is accused of obtaining a controlled substance through prohibited acts. The woman was arrested on Wednesday, although the incident occurred in July, and it seems that even a misdemeanor prescription drug charge may be a bit of a stretch.

Mason City man charged with drug crimes after apparent overdose

When people seek medical attention, it’s generally frowned-upon for medical professionals to share their confidential health information with anyone. In fact, in most cases it’s illegal. Doctors and other medical professionals can cite doctor-patient confidentiality to avoid providing patient information to police, or even as evidence in court -- and that’s good public policy. In order for people to feel comfortable seeking the medical attention they need, doctors and hospitals must be save places to do so.

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