Controversial Illinois Hearsay Law Played Crucial Role in Drew Peterson Conviction for Murdering Wife

One of the most publicized murder trials within the past few years finally reached its conclusion when a jury found Drew Peterson guilty of killing his former wife, Kathleen Savio. Drew Peterson is also suspected of killing his current wife, Stacy Peterson, who was reported missing in 2007. During the...

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The DC Sex Offender Registry

What is the sex offender registry? The sex offender registry is a database that individuals who have been convicted of a sex offense, whether it was in DC or another jurisdiction, are put into if they reside, work, or go to school in the District of Columbia. Their personal information,...

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DC Court of Appeals Holds Travelling Firearm Law Unconstitutional

On September 26, 2013, a divided three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals struck down a D.C. law that had been effective since 2009. D.C. Code Section 22-2511, entitled “Presence in a Motor Vehicle Containing a Firearm,” made it a felony offense for a person to be...

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Up in Smoke: Changes Coming to DC Marijuana and Cigarette Laws

A proposed bill which has garnered significant council support seeks to amend the District of Columbia Smoking Restriction Act to expand areas of the city where smoking is prohibited.  The bill, numbered B20-0095, is entitled the Smoking Restriction Amendment Act of 2013, and would ban smoking within 25 feet of parks,...

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