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Human Trafficking in Indiananew

While Indianapolis revels in summertime celebrations of sensuality, a darker and under-acknowledged side to sex in the Circle City also lurks.
NUVO  |  Catherine Green  |  07-06-2011  |  Policy Issues

Family Ties: Why One Non-Biological Parent Wants to Give Up Adoptionnew

My attorney told me that if I wanted to protect myself and my kids, I should adopt them. I wasn't entirely clear why. Did I need to adopt them because we don't share DNA? If a straight couple conceived a child using a sperm donor, would the man have to adopt the child to be considered its father?
Seven Days  |  Cathy Resmer  |  12-09-2009  |  LGBT

Lawsuits Decided by Juries Are on the Decline: What Does it Mean for Justice?new

The right to a trial by a jury of one's peers is still widely regarded as a great virtue of the American Way of Life. But statistics show that fewer Americans are exercising that right, at least in regard to civil lawsuits. We seem to have lost faith in our peers.
Arkansas Times  |  Doug Smith  |  11-19-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Recent Legal Tangles Leave Colorado's Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in a Hazenew

Owners of dispensaries around Colorado have been scrambling to expand their services -- adding everything from housekeeping to lawn-mowing -- in an effort to conform to a recent court ruling that has modified the crucial definition of the "caregiver."
Boulder Weekly  |  Jeff Dodge and David Accomazzo  |  11-16-2009  |  Drugs

Can a Web Commenter be Sued for Libel, or Does the Site Take the Fall?new

Threatening a blog with a lawsuit most times works like a cold shower -- the blogger feels the libel chill and purges any objectionable content from his or her site. But as the internet becomes more crowded, that trend is reversing itself and lawsuits are actually going to court.
NOW Magazine  |  Joshua Errett  |  11-16-2009  |  Tech

Will a New Vermont Free Speech Law Protect Website Owners from a Powerful Religious Sect?new

The Exclusive Brethren is suing the owners of a website that serves excommunicated believers. Will Vermont's new anti-SLAPP statute protect them?
Seven Days  |  Andy Bromage  |  11-04-2009  |  Religion

The Ups and Downs of Caffeinated Boozenew

Even though these products are legal, as many as 30 state attorneys general have been waging a campaign to remove them from store shelves. Not every caffeinated alcohol brand is under fire, however. Instead, the campaign focuses on that subset of the market designed to look and taste like traditional, fruit-flavored energy drinks.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Greg Beato  |  10-02-2009  |  Food+Drink

Harvey Silverglate Dissects Federal Prosecutors' Corrupt Justicenew

In Three Felonies A Day, the civil liberties watchdog's thesis is as provocative as it is simple: justice has become sufficiently perverted in this nation that federal prosecutors, if they put their minds to it, could find a way to indict almost any one of us for almost anything.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Kadzis  |  09-23-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

The Ghost of Bush: How Dubya's Court Can Undo Democracynew

Make no mistake about it. The Supreme Court is the ticking time bomb Dubya left in the executive bedroom. And it's about to blow.
Artvoice  |  Michael I. Niman  |  09-18-2009  |  Commentary

The 9th Circuit's Lion of Liberalism is Having the Last Laughnew

Betty Fletcher, 86, is a liberal icon and the most powerful woman in Seattle you've never heard of. Sadly for conservatives, she just won't stop working.
Seattle Weekly  |  Nina Shapiro  |  08-24-2009  |  Politics

How Federal Restrictions Created Colorado's Medical Marijuana Industrynew

The friction between federal and state law has created a booming industry in Colorado, with enterprising men and women stepping in to provide services physicians can't. The rest of the state may be in a recession, but Colorado's medical marijuana industry is thriving.
Boulder Weekly  |  David Accomazzo  |  08-17-2009  |  Drugs

Neo-Confederate Lawyer Kirk Lyons on What Could Be His Final Flag Casenew

For more than a decade, Lyons has been filing lawsuits that challenge restrictions on the display of the Confederate battle flag and its depiction—thus far—on T-shirts, cell phone covers, prom dresses and purses.
INDY Week  |  Dick J. Reavis  |  08-14-2009  |  Race & Class

Sex Workers Organize and Push for Decriminalization, but Meet Stiff Oppositionnew

In an effort to make sex work safer, not to mention stabilize and legitimize the industry, Susan Davis has helped found the West Coast Cooperative of Sex Industry Professionals.
SEE Magazine  |  Angela Brunschot  |  08-13-2009  |  Sex

Nancy Hollander Defends Guantanamo Prisoners ... and Our Justice Systemnew

The Albuquerque lawyer is one of the nation's leading criminal defense attorneys, but she now faces perhaps her greatest legal challenge yet: Representing two prisoners incarcerated at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Weekly Alibi  |  Simon McCormack  |  08-11-2009  |  Civil Liberties

The Gates Case Isn't About Racenew

The weeks-long hubbub over the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. by the Cambridge Police Department has centered on race, understandably. But the racial façade of the story has obscured two other bottom-line truths that should govern the "Gates-gate" conversation.
Boston Phoenix  |  Harvey Silverglate  |  08-06-2009  |  Civil Liberties

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