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Supreme Court questions if ‘Padilla’ ruling goes retro

WASHINGTON – The issue of whether criminal defendants’ Sixth Amendment right to be warned of the immigration consequences of guilty pleas, as established by a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, is retroactive was front and center during oral arguments on ...

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Life sentence for crack dealer doesn’t violate Eighth Amendment

The Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment does not preclude a mandatory life sentence for dealers who possess a smaller quantity of crack cocaine than the quantity of powder cocaine necessary to trigger a similar sentence, the 7th ...

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Unused turn signal doesn’t create reasonable suspicion for traffic stop

Driving through an intersection without turning or changing lanes even though the turn signal was on does not constitute a traffic violation, and therefore the officer who pulled the defendant over did not have reasonable suspicion to effect a traffic ...

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