Author: Scott Limmer

By Scott Limmer

An attorneys blog about criminal law and procedure, college discipline, Title IX and cases of Interest

Fake IDs

Sometimes teens consider getting a fake ID if they want to buy alcohol or go to a bar. About 12.5 percent of pre-college students and 32.2 percent of college students have admitted to possessing a fake ID; in 2020, there were 14,000 fake IDs seized in the city of Cincinnati alone. Today, fake IDs are […]

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Baltimore Stops Prosecuting “Low-Level” Crimes Like Prostitution, Drug Possession

In a March 26 press conference, Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, announced the city would permanently cease prosecuting “low-level” offenses, including possession or attempted distribution of controlled substances, prostitution, possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing, open container, public urination, minor traffic offenses, and vagabondage. The announcement said the new steps grew out of an […]

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether Punishing a Student’s Off-Campus Speech Violates the First Amendment

The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case that asks whether public schools can punish students for making profane social media posts about school activities when the student is not in school. The Court will be asked to balance a student’s right to free speech against a school’s alleged interest in promoting respect for […]

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Supreme Court Hears Case on Warrantless Home Entry

Courts across the country have reached different answers to the question at issue in the case. Five state supreme courts have held a misdemeanor pursuit justifies a warrantless home entry, according to Lange’s lawyers, while three state courts and two federal appeals courts say the issue must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. “The courts […]

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Supreme Court Rules against College for Curbing Christian Students’ Free-Speech Rights

In an 8-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled a speech code enforced by a Georgia state college violated the First Amendment. and authorized students claiming to have been harmed by the policy to file suit, even if just for nominal damages. The decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, was handed down on March […]

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Victims of Police Shootings Have Been “Seized” under Fourth Amendment: Supreme Court

In a 5-3 decision in Thomas v. Madrid, handed down March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that victims of police shootings qualify as having experienced a “seizure” subject to the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches or seizures, even if they were able to evade arrest. Written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the decision […]

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Virginia Governor’s Executive Order Restores Voting Rights for Over 69,000 Released Ex-Felons

By an executive order signed March 16, Virginia governor Ralph Northam restored voting rights to more than 69,000 felons released from state prisons and jails. The “Reforms Restoration of Rights Process” order immediately restores voting and other civil rights to any Virginian upon release from incarceration, even if they remain on community supervision, such as […]

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New York Becomes 15th State to Allow Recreational Cannabis Use

New York Legalizes Recreational Use of Cannabis On March 31, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the “Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act,” and New York became the 15th state to decriminalize adult recreational use of cannabis. The measure earlier cleared the state Senate on a 40-23 margin and had passed the state Assembly on a […]

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VA Gov. Backs Big Changes in State’s Criminal Justice System

Virginia governor Ralph Northam (D) is pushing for major changes in the state’s criminal justice system, including repealing the death penalty – which would make Virginia the first state in the South to take that step – and automatically restoring felons’ right to vote on release. Delivering his “State of the Commonwealth” address on January […]

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Biden Orders DOE to Review Title IX Rules on Campus Sexual Assault or Harassment

On March 8, President Biden signed an executive order directing the federal Department of Education (DOE) to make a fresh review of its controversial treatment of how colleges and universities conduct Title IX investigations of claims of sexual assault or harassment. Those rules were issued last May by former DOE Secretary Betsy DeVos. The DeVos […]

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