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Broken taillights: as useful as a search warrant

A man was arrested this week in Cedar Rapids and is now facing multiple drug charges, after police found a meth lab in his vehicle. For this man, if this is his first arrest, is likely to be the beginning of a long struggle with criminal justice system. He will have to determine with the help of his attorney if he should challenge the arrest at trial or accept some form of a plea bargain.

A matter of no discretion

Federal district court judges are seen by many has having a position of great respect and authority. A lifetime appointment, at a decent salary, at least by most Americans' standards, it is in some sense the pinnacle of many a lawyer's legal career. Only a seat on a court of appeals bench is more prestigious and the U.S. Supreme Court only sees a few appointments during most judges' careers and requires extraordinary political connections.

Missed it by much more than a hair

Science in the courtroom is important. Many elements in many criminal cases are dependent on lab tests to confirm a white powder is really cocaine or that some other substance is an illegal Schedule 1 drug. It is necessary when testing the blood of someone accused of driving while intoxicated and to determine if a bullet slug matches a particular gun used during the commission of a crime.

Should marijuana be reclassified to Schedule II?

Having a federal drug conviction on your record is a problem. A felony drug sentence can cause innumerable difficulties for your life. From finding a job and obtaining federal student aid to go to school or just finding some place to live, a drug conviction can derail your life and your future.

Drug testing for benefits found unconstitutional

By many measures, the so-called war on drugs has been a colossal failure. From its significant increase in the numbers of people incarcerated to the degradation of constitutional civil liberties, to the effect on the militarization of the police throughout the nation, it is hard to examine any aspect of the "war" and conclude it in any way has resulted in an increase to public safety.

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