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September 2016 Archives

Ohio House passes ignition interlock bill

The Ohio legislature has invested a great deal of time in section 4511.19 of the Ohio code. This section deals with "Operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs," or OVI. Even if you did not read the section, you would suspect it is important simply because of its size. It is made up of nearly 10,000 words. It has also been amended about 30 times since the 1950s.

Student returns to Ohio and must register as sex offender

The functioning of the Ohio sex offender registry was highlighted recently with the return of the Stanford student who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Because of his conviction, he is classified as a Tier III sex offender and he had to register with Green County Sheriff's Department. Under Ohio law, every 90 days he must return to update this information, and if he moves, will have to report to the sheriff's department in whichever county he takes ups residence.

Ohio medical marijuana law not much help for now

Ohio's medical marijuana law went into effect last week. But even if you qualifies under the laws very strict definitions of who is permitted to possess medical marijuana products, you may find it virtually impossible to obtain the medicine you need and not risk criminal prosecution.

Big brother wants a better look?

People often worry about the concentration of power in a government agency. One of the most powerful government agencies in the U.S. is the FBI. The law enforcement agency has thousands of agents and a vast budget. It controls numerous large databases, which contain millions of records of those charged with crimes and those only under investigation.

New DNA test has promise for greater accuracy

DNA analysis has revolutionized some elements of criminal investigations. DNA evidence could provide support for truly scientific support for crime scene investigations, and provide a means of identifying criminal suspects that weren't "by gosh and by glory." In recent years, rigorous examinations of many so-called tests used by forensic labs have shown they, in fact, were base on little more than educated guesses and gut-feeling conclusions.

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