For years, movies like “The Godfather” and “Goodfellas” have provided a glamorous look at organized crime. In these movies, figures like Vito Corleone (The Godfather) commit numerous crimes ranging from theft to murder. In order to stay in these criminal organizations without getting “whacked,” you have to continue to contribute to the organizations criminal enterprises. While it is clear the...
It is that time of year again. Halloween is upon us and children everywhere are thrilled at the opportunity to go door to door and collect their mini Snickers. But the adults and teenagers look past the sugar highs and aim their attention to adrenaline highs and extreme scares. Before you think the perfect Halloween night is lighting candles at...
Until recently, sports gambling has been banned at the federal level. Things changed in 2018 with the Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. NCAA, 138 S. Ct. 1461 (2018), where the Court overturned a federal ban of sports gambling. In the time following this landmark decision, 25 States, including the District of Columbia, have passed legalized sports betting in some...
Did you know that the State can forfeit your vehicle when you are convicted of a certain crime? This means that the State takes ownership and possession of the vehicle used to commit the crime. Under Minnesota Law (§ 609.5312, subd. 4), vehicles can include cars, snowmobiles, motorboats, and other off-road recreational vehicles. These motor vehicles are subject to forfeiture...
At different times in one’s life you or someone you know may be negatively affected by alcohol. You are not alone. Understanding the impact of alcohol misuse or abuse — not only on your life but on the lives of those around you — is the first step to getting back on track. Statistics show the impact that alcohol has...
You may have clicked this blog expecting deep insight into the legal ethics of Batman, a superhero who acts outside the law to bring justice to Gotham City, we are sorry to disappoint. Interestingly enough, if Gotham City were in Minnesota, Batman would be guilty of an unlikely and often overlooked crime, concealing identity. Minnesota Statute § 609.735 criminalizes the...
When people are stopped on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), officers might request that they complete a series of tests known as Field Sobriety Tests. These are a battery of tests developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine whether a driver is impaired. What kind of tests are they? The standard Field Sobriety Tests developed...
It is no secret that people do not always face the same consequences for committing the same crimes. Whether it be racial disparity, economic inequality, or something else entirely, there are always factors to consider when analyzing what affects sentencing outcomes. What are collateral consequences? Imagine that two young men are both arrested for the same crime, for example—marijuana possession....
Since the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, two rallying cries have been consistent – “Justice for George” and “Defund the Police.” The first one is self-explanatory, but what does the City Council mean when it pledges to defund the police? First, it’s important to note that defunding the police does not mean ending emergency services or even...
The Office is an iconic television series that was known for placing its characters in awkward and uncomfortable situations. In the episode “Dinner Party,” Michael (the boss) invites his employees over for a relaxing get together where Michael attempts to solicit funds for his ex-boss/girlfriend Jan’s failing candle company. Instead of a relaxing dinner party, Michael’s guests are treated to...
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