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Many roadside drug tests are inaccurate

A Florida sheriff’s deputy recently made national news for a string of arrests based on inaccurate drug tests. The now-dismissed man made 81 arrests in his first 11 months on the job, and now he faces criminal charges for false arrest. While it is still unclear whether deputy is guilty of ineptitude or malicious intent and faked results, the fact remains that the deputy is responsible for putting many innocent people behind bars for days, weeks or months.

Some DAs use blacklist for lying cops

Statements from law enforcement usually carry a lot of weight in a court room or during pretrial negotiations. These officers’ jobs are to protect and serve as well as relay the details of a case in a way that is factual and unbiased. This, however, is not always the case. Sometimes law enforcement is guilty of lying under oath, abuse of power or corruption.

Elkhart police chief resigns

Police Chief Ed Windbigler recently announced his resignation. This comes in light of video of two officers under his command beating a handcuffed man who tried to spit on them. The chief downplayed the situation during a review last June. The officers were reprimanded at that time; however, they were subsequently charged with misdemeanor battery after news outlets attained a copy of the video.

Some prosecutors changing their approach

The federal government is in the middle of passing First Step, a major bi-partisan bill that will change the structure of sentencing guidelines. However, there are also reports that District Attorneys overseeing prosecutions at the local level are already on board with many of the changes. According to a recent article in the New York Times, there is a movement across the country among DAs of varying political backgrounds that are taking a restorative approach to prosecution and sentencing similar to First Step.

President backs new sentencing guidelines

President Trump has put his backing behind a new bill that has tentative bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress. If signed into law, this bill would be the most substantial change to federal sentencing guidelines since 1994. The law would boost rehabilitation measures and give judges more flexibility in handling mandatory minimums that have disproportionately affected minorities. It would also reduce the expense and size of the penal system, which has three times the inmates it did 30 years ago. There are a details in this bill, but the highlights include:

A refresher on IU guns laws

Hunting season is upon us once again. It is a great way to get out of town and experience nature with the company of friends and family. However, it is important to remember that those on campus must adhere to specific rules regarding weapons. This includes those who live in Indiana University housing, attend classes, are employed by the school or are simply on the IU property.

Parking tickets can get you arrested

It is not uncommon to see a car double-parked, parked too far from the curb or parked in a no parking zone. Typically, this can lead to parking ticket. Now the case of Johnson v. United States heard in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose jurisdiction includes Indiana) that examines whether a bad parking job is probable cause for search or seizure of a vehicle, which subsequently could lead to arrest and jail if the officials find anything illegal.

Arrests involving marijuana are up nationally

The legalization of marijuana in several states in recent years has dominated the conversation about marijuana use. There are also stories and rumors about the de-criminalization of cannabis even if it does stay on the books. Nevertheless, marijuana-related charges make up 40 percent of drug busts, totaling 1.63 million charges.

Indiana ranks high in drug use

We recently wrote about the large number of college graduates who still engage in binge drinking. We now follow that post with more news that is cause for concern. According to an analysis of drug addiction on a state-by-state basis plus the District of Columbia, Indiana ranks seventh overall.

'Weed breathalyzer' to be tested by several cities this fall

When it comes to marijuana-impaired driving, everyone agrees that a fairer test is needed. When marijuana was illegal nationwide, it made some sense to have a so-called "per se" rule. If a properly performed test found marijuana in your system, you were considered guilty.

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