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Second mistrial and judge's decision brings end to case

Sometimes, there's just no easy answer to a question of someone's guilt or innocence -- which is the message that two different juries sent in the case of a white police officer charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a black motorist.

What happens when you're busted for shoplifting

Getting caught shoplifting triggers a series of distressing problems. Some are psychological: You feel ashamed. You get mad at yourself. Telling your family is super stressful. You feel you let them down.

Self-defense is still allowed despite illegal activity

Being engaged in an illegal activity doesn't negate your right to act in your own self-defense. Being on the losing end of a gun battle doesn't necessarily mean the survivors won't get charged with some form of murder if they started the fight.

Ohio's opioid epidemic is putting pressure on law enforcement

Ohio is in the middle of an epidemic: Over the past couple of years, the state has seen a dramatic increase in opioid use. More and more people are becoming hooked on opioids - especially fentanyl, but others as well such as heroin, morphine, and certain prescription painkillers. The problem is only growing - and the results are tragic.

Will Sessions' memo affect criminal defendants?

The latest news about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be about what he know about the meeting between President Trump and ousted FBI Director James Comey. But one piece of news that may not garner headlines is Sessions’ efforts to roll back Obama era efforts on criminal justice reform. A recent Atlantic.com report, highlights his instructions to federal prosecutors across the nation about the Justice Department’s new stance on drug crimes.

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