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Why the Supreme Court Ruling on Racial Bias in Juries Matters

Do you know what the “no impeachment rule” is? It says that anything jury members discuss behind closed doors is to remain private, but that principle could soon change. In an unprecedented Supreme Court ruling, the justices decided that there might be a reason to break the principle of jury secrecy. It might even leave you wondering why the Supreme Court had never acted on this before. Why Did the Supreme Court Rule Against Jury Secrecy? The reasoning behind this decision was based on a Colorado sexual assault case from 2010. In that case, a juror used a racial stereotype to convince other jurors that the Mexican American defendant was guilty. Two jurors revealed this blatant racial prejudice to the defense, who took it to the judge. That judge did nothing to overturn the case, siting the “no impeachment rule,” but the defense was undeterred. The defense took the case…
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What Can You Learn from the TX Rangers Pitcher Arrested for a DWI?

Jeremy Jeffress, a relief pitcher for the TX Rangers, was recently arrested for a DWI according the Dallas Country records. The officer pulled him over after he switched lanes without signaling. When the cop noticed the athlete had blood shot eyes he conducted a sobriety test. Jeffress was in the process of driving a woman home from a nightclub. The cop reported multiple signs of intoxication during his test. The police also found what they believed to be marijuana in the car, but the pitcher denied that it belonged to him, and stressed that he had driven multiple passengers earlier in the night. He did, however, admit that he had been drinking. It’s doesn’t seem that Jeffress really did everything he could to protect himself. Like many people, it appears he was too frightened by the arrest to think too critically about the situation. According to the report, he partially…
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What Are Your Rights When a Cop Pulls You Over?

Getting pulled over by a police officer can be a nervous experience, unfortunately even more so these days. One of the reasons people get so anxious is because very few people actually know their rights when a cop pulls you over. Well, we’re here to remedy that. Know Your Rights When Pulled Over Reasonable Suspicion – The Supreme Court ruled that objectively reasonable suspicion, a burden much lower than probable cause, is all that is required for an officer to initiate a traffic stop. That does not mean, however, that they can pull you over at random. An example of reasonable suspicion would be if an officer notices your car is swerving back and forth in the lane. He may reasonably suspect that you are driving under the influence and pull you over. Pulling Over Safely – You are not required by law to immediately pull over as soon as you…
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