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What’s the Difference Between Jail and Prison?

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The words “jail” and “prison” are often used interchangeably. While both terms generally refer to incarceration, they’re not the same. Incarceration of any kind is a punishment. It is designed to be unpleasant. That said, the policies and rights that define the day-to-day life of inmates are quite different in the two institutions. What exactly is the difference between jail …

Is Cryptocurrency Safe

Is Cryptocurrency Safe – Are There Any Legal Protections?

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In a May 2021 press release, the US Treasury Department announced that it had put in place various measures to crack down on fraudulent cryptocurrency transactions. It stated that it would now require individuals or business entities transferring $10,000 or more worth of crypto assets to report those transactions to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). According to the US Treasury, …

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Get Paid for Reporting PPP Loan Fraud

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In July 2021, 22 people were arraigned in court on charges of engaging in fraudulent schemes to acquire more than $11 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The individuals used the loan proceeds to purchase jewelry, luxury vehicles, and other personal items. According to court documents, the defendants submitted or aided in submitting loan applications on behalf …

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Can You Sue a Country?

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In a 2019 ruling, a federal judge ordered Iran to pay Jason Rezaian and his kin almost $180 million in damages. The Washington Post reporter took to the courts to sue the Middle Eastern country for his unlawful detention, imprisonment, physical abuse, and the psychological torture he endured at the hands of Iranian authorities. This ruling raised many questions, key …

Organized Crime

What Is Organized Crime?

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Movies have an incredible way of making anything look glamorous – even the dangerous world of organized crime. You would be surprised by the number of people who’ve contemplated becoming a mobster after watching Robert De Niro pulling up in front of a nightclub in his shiny, vintage Aston Martin moments before shooting up the entire place. Make no mistake …

What are the Federal Rules of Evidence?

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The outcome of a case ultimately boils down to the strength of the evidence presented. This statement sums up why evidence is so important in civil and criminal trials. It is the only way a judge in a bench trial or jury can establish a defendant’s liability or guilt. The Federal Rules of Evidence were established to govern the way ...

How Did the Colonial Pipeline Get Hacked and Who’s Next?

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On April 29, 2021, hackers gained access to the Colonial Pipeline Co. IT network. The security breach, which took down the country’s largest fuel pipeline, caused widespread gas shortages across the East Coast. The cause: a single compromised password. How did the Colonial pipeline get hacked, and could it happen again? Here’s everything you need to know. Who Owns Colonial …

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Which States Still Uphold the Death Penalty?

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The history of the death penalty in the United States dates back to the 17th century when Captain George Kendall was executed in Jamestown Colony, the first-ever permanent English settlement in North America. Kendall was charged and convicted for being a spy for Spain, which at the time was considered a capital offense. Even seemingly minor offenses like killing chickens, …

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Who Is Held Liable After a Mass Shooting Incident?

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The country has witnessed a rising number of mass shooting incidents in Texas, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Nevada, and Colorado in recent years. In 2019 and 2020, there were a total of 417 and 610 reported mass shootings, respectively. This year alone, the US has averaged roughly one shooting incident a day, and if past mass shooting statistics are anything to …

What Is a Hate Crime

What Is a Hate Crime?

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Vandalizing a synagogue with swastika graffiti. Burglarizing an Asian-owned oriental corner store. Burning a cross in the front yard of an African-American family’s home. Physically assaulting a person while hurling racial slurs. These are all clear-cut hate crime examples. They target individuals based on characteristics related to their ethnicity, race, or religion. The country has witnessed a spike in the …