Shakespeare and Sexting: Reconsidering Penalties for Teen Sexual Activity

The Pew Charitable Trusts

More than 20 years ago, when Russell Foster was 19 and his girlfriend Amber was 15,
Montana’s laws tore them apart, sending Russell to prison for four years for having sex with
a minor.
Their story mostly has a happy ending. They reunited when Russell got out of prison.
They’re married now, with four kids, and living in Glasgow, Montana.

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Police’s growing arsenal of technology watches criminals and citizens

Star Tribune

Law enforcement agents are deploying an onslaught of new technology to collect information on criminals and unsuspecting citizens alike. Body cameras. Cellphone hacking devices. License plate scanners. Software that can identify faces in surveillance video.

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‘Do better for the kids’: Marion County steps up child abuse response team

Statesman Journal

In the face of extremely complex and challenging child abuse cases, the Marion County District Attorney’s Office is launching a pilot program designed to increase coordination during high-risk child abuse investigations. Officials with the Marion County Child Abuse Response Team announced the pilot project Friday.

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Editorial: State law requires inmate DNA

OWH May 22, 2017

State prison officials are now on the way to following state law by requiring DNA swabs of convicted felons.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services no longer lets inmates refuse to provide the samples without suffering consequences — which was occurring before The World-Herald revealed the practice.

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Recent Developments in the Forensic Sciences

Office of the Deputy Attorney General

Forensic science is generally dated to Hans Gross’ Handbuch für Untersuchungsrichter, Polizeibeamte, Gendarmen (Handbook for Magistrates, police officials, military policemen), which was published in 1893, although forensic medicine and forensic toxicology are much older. Edmond Locard established the first crime laboratory in 1910 in Lyon, France.

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Judges, lawyers want to fix bail system to keep poor out of jail

Star Tribune

Mary Ellen Heng doesn’t think a bank account should dictate how long someone spends in jail. Yet throughout her career, the deputy Minneapolis city attorney has repeatedly seen exactly that: people lingering in Hennepin County jail because they can’t afford a $78 bail.

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Inaccurate leads from IP addresses prompt police to serve warrants on innocent people

ABA Journal

On the morning of March 30, 2016, David Robinson and his partner, Jan Bultmann, were starting their day when six Seattle police officers knocked on their door with a search warrant. The police thought Robinson was trafficking child pornography.

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Student sexting a ‘growing problem,’ in middle and high schools, leading to legislation, Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley says

Gintautas Dumcius

Sexting – the sending of sexually explicit messages via text message — is a “growing problem” in middle schools and high schools, leading to the need for legislation that could curb it, a top prosecutor said Tuesday. “We see it all the time,” Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said at a press conference unveiling the legislation aimed at cracking down on sexting and closing a “revenge porn” gap in Massachusetts law.

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Gun bill pulled from legislative agenda; will return in 2018 with compromises, senator says

OWH May 16, 2017

A major gun-rights bill won’t return for more debate this year in the Nebraska Legislature, but the sponsoring senator said he will try again in 2018.

State Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln said Monday he has nearly worked out compromises to address some concerns of law enforcement authorities and city officials that the bill would end local gun-control ordinances they consider necessary for public safety.

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While fighting lawsuit, Facebook introduces new tools to identify ‘revenge porn’

ABA Journal

Social media giant Facebook will use technology to automatically stop users from uploading images known to be “revenge porn,” the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/04/05/facebook-takes-new-steps-to-stop-revenge-pornimages-from-spreading/) and CNN (http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/05/technology/facebook-revenge-porn/) reported Wednesday. “Revenge porn” images are nude or sexual photos posted online without the consent of those pictured.

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