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Ohio Supreme Court: Warrantless backpack search was acceptable

The question of whether law enforcement has the right to search through people's belongings without their permission is at the core of our Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure. The baseline position is that, in order for a search to be reasonable, police need a search warrant, the person's consent, or another reason that furthers a compelling government interest without being unduly burdensome to the individual.

Court: Cleveland's gun laws fail due to conflict with state law

The Ohio Court of Appeals has just ruled that Cleveland's 2015 ordinances meant to restrict gun violence are unconstitutional. The reason is that the Ohio Constitution, like that of the United States, holds that state laws are superior to local ones. Local laws may only augment the protections of state law and the state constitution, but local laws cannot be opposite to state laws.

There might be no end to being a fugitive from justice

If you've been accused of a sex crime, it often seems as if the accusation itself can destroy your life. It certainly has a profoundly negative effect on your reputation, which can follow you wherever you go. A conviction is worse, of course. Depending on whether you are charged in state or federal court, a conviction means years behind bars and, in most cases, lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Is Ecstasy a Schedule 1 drug?

Ohio residents who educate themselves on the severity of potential punishments related to various drugs are better equipped to avoid high schedule drugs, and avoid getting into trouble. This article will describe various criminal substances and how they're classified by the federal government under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

4 questions teen offenders may have about the Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment helps protect the privacy of U.S. citizens, regardless of age, gender, race or other factors. Under it, police must have reasonable suspicion to search homes, make arrests, and take other actions. In many cases, they also require a warrant, handed out by a judge, before acting.

What is the Justice Department's Clemency Initiative?

In early 2014, ex-Deputy Attorney General James. M. Cole released the U.S. Justice Department's clemency initiative. The initiative asked certain federal inmates to submit petitions to request reduced or commuted sentences from the President of the United States. The initiative announced that the Justice Department would prioritize clemency petitions submitted by inmates meeting the specific criteria listed below.

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