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Racist jurors’ impact on guilty verdicts will be weighed by Supreme Court

Racist jurors’ impact on guilty verdicts will be weighed by Supreme Court
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Seats in the jury box sit empty during a hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court.; Credit: Pool/Getty Images If a juror shows racial bias during jury deliberations, then is a defendant being robbed of his or her Sixth Amendment right to trial by an impartial jury? That question will be debated at the Supreme Court […]

Is distracted driving the same as drunk driving? The ‘textalyzer’ would treat it that way

Is distracted driving the same as drunk driving? The ‘textalyzer’ would treat it that way

A driver texting while driving.; Credit: iStockphoto In an effort to curb an increase in distracted driving, a New York State lawmaker is proposing a law that would give police the technology to treat texting and driving the same way as drinking and driving. The so-called “textalyzer” would allow police at the scene of a […]

Is distracted driving the same as drunk driving? The ‘textalyzer’ would treat it that way

Is distracted driving the same as drunk driving? The ‘textalyzer’ would treat it that way

A driver texting while driving.; Credit: iStockphoto In an effort to curb an increase in distracted driving, a New York State lawmaker is proposing a law that would give police the technology to treat texting and driving the same way as drinking and driving. The so-called “textalyzer” would allow police at the scene of a […]

Legal void allows post-mortem sperm extraction

Legal void allows post-mortem sperm extraction

An expert performs in-vitro fertilization.; Credit: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images Imagine the sudden death of a young husband, the promise of a future together snatched away — except for his sperm, an ethically dubious option for having a family with the one you loved. As discussed in The Atlantic, the practice of post-mortem sperm extraction has […]

Tobacco ban on Cal State, Cal Community Colleges moves forward in legislature

Tobacco ban on Cal State, Cal Community Colleges moves forward in legislature

A person dressed as a cigarette called ‘Ciggy Butts’ encourages students on the UC Berkeley campus to quit smoking.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California State University and California Community College campuses got one step closer to being tobacco-free after the state Assembly voted 41-24 yesterday to approve a tobacco ban. It would include electronic cigarettes, […]

Tobacco ban on Cal State, Cal Community Colleges moves forward in legislature

Tobacco ban on Cal State, Cal Community Colleges moves forward in legislature

A person dressed as a cigarette called ‘Ciggy Butts’ encourages students on the UC Berkeley campus to quit smoking.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California State University and California Community College campuses got one step closer to being tobacco-free after the state Assembly voted 41-24 yesterday to approve a tobacco ban. It would include electronic cigarettes, […]

ISO a better ballot for the state Senate race

ISO a better ballot for the state Senate race

Voters cast ballots at the Multnomah County elections office.; Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images California officials have a unique problem on their hands this June: to come up with an appropriate election ballot for the Senate primary. Thirty-four candidates are in the race to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer in June, who will be retiring after two […]

What the Uber settlement means for passengers, drivers

What the Uber settlement means for passengers, drivers

In what’s being hailed as a major coup for Uber, the ridesharing company has settled a series of class action lawsuits by drivers. ; Credit: TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images In what’s being hailed as a major coup for Uber, the ride-hailing company has settled a series of class action lawsuits by drivers. Under the settlement, Uber […]

What the Uber settlement means for passengers, drivers

What the Uber settlement means for passengers, drivers

In what’s being hailed as a major coup for Uber, the ridesharing company has settled a series of class action lawsuits by drivers. ; Credit: TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images In what’s being hailed as a major coup for Uber, the ride-hailing company has settled a series of class action lawsuits by drivers. Under the settlement, Uber […]

SCOTUS: Should it be a crime for suspected drunken drivers to refuse a blood or breathalyzer test?

SCOTUS: Should it be a crime for suspected drunken drivers to refuse a blood or breathalyzer test?

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether a search warrant should be obtained to ask drivers to take a blood or breathalyzer test. ; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images (AP) The Supreme Court is expressing doubts about laws in at least a dozen states that make it a crime for people suspected of drunken driving […]