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Is Use of Certain Emojis Enough to Warrant an Arrest?

A twelve-year-old girl in Fairfax, VA is facing charges in juvenile court after posting a series of emojis in an Instagram post that implied a threat to her school. Emojis, the small pictures used to punctuate texts and social media posts, are a hallmark of smartphone communication. And, like many aspects of digital communication, they are a source of confusion in the courts.

Should Apple unlock its iPhones? Judges Split on Apple's Public Responsibility

Should Apple make a way for law enforcement to access their iPhones? That question continues to play out in the courts, and could have a far-reaching effect on technology and privacy laws in the United States.

The Freddie Gray Trial Had An Anonymous Jury - What Does That Mean?

Recently, an anonymous jury was used in the high profile case of William Porter. Porter was the first of the Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray to stand trial. While there is precedent for using anonymous juries in certain instances, the practice has seen an uptick in recent years.

Supreme Court finds Florida death penalty procedures unconstitutional

Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that Florida's death penalty sentencing procedures are in violation of constitutional rights. The court heard the case of 37-year old Timothy Hurst, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in in 1998.

Florida Death Sentence Rejected in Appeals Court Due to Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Ineffective assistance of counsel is a legal statute that gives persons convicted of a crime a chance to have their case reviewed. It is based on evidence that the defense attorney did a poor job of representation, which resulted in the conviction and/or sentencing. This was the argument that the attorneys of John Gary Hardwick Jr. used in an appeals case with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Do you have a right to an expectation of privacy with pocket-dialed calls?

In today's world, technology follows us wherever we go. Think about the last time you left your cell phone at home. It was probably an accident. If you're one of the millions of people who carry their cell phone with them at all times, you'll probably want to take precautions to ensure that you can't accidently call someone after reading this story.

Former Drug Court Judge Sentenced for Stealing Cocaine

59-year-old Paul Pozonsky, a former judge from Western Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 30 days to two years in jail for stealing cocaine. He pled guilty in March to charges stemming from directing that cocaine meant for police custody be stored in his chambers. Pozonsky then used the cocaine to feed his addiction to the drug.

Complaint Alleges South Florida Media Company Defrauded Clients

Platinum Television Group of Coral Springs and three other companies - New Line Media Solutions, U.S. Media Television and FR media, all of which were formed by Paul Scott - were named by the Florida Attorney General's Office in a complaint recently. The Attorney general alleges that their media productions were deceptive.

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