June 2013 Archives

Kid exonerated for posting 'terroristic' rap lyrics on Facebook

An interesting case recently came up in Massachusetts in which the criminal charges brought against an 18-year-old aspiring rapper have been found to violate his First Amendment rights. While the case didn't take place here in Alabama, the implications are pretty far-reaching. With the government and law enforcement increasingly coming down hard on the side of security from terrorism versus citizens' civil rights, here is one case in which citizens -- in the form of a grand jury -- decided otherwise.

For new citizen DNA database, what counts as a 'serious' crime?

Technically, DNA databases aren't new. Right now, 26 states including Alabama have DNA databases, and federal agencies have had them for years. Last year, the Obama Administration passed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act, which gives states grants to build genetic databases or participate in a nationwide version.

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