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  • The problems with peremptory challenges to jurors

    The problems with peremptory challenges to jurors
    The best-known problem with peremptory challenges — a lawyer's dismissal of a prospective juror without a stated cause — may be that too often there actually is a cause, and it's an improper one. For example, lawyers have used their no-stated-cause challenges in attempts to remove jurors because of their race, gender or sexual orientation. Courts have banned the practice, but when lawyers need not state a cause, it's not always easy to know their motivations.
  • No ifs, ands or butts

    State litter-law amendment was long overdue Friday's print column Photo by Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune Whenever I start to feel sorry for cigarette smokers — addicted social pariahs who pay exorbitant taxes to feed their ruinous cravings —...

    Report: Georgia to suspend starters Rambo, Ogletree

    Report: Georgia to suspend starters Bacarri Rambo, Alec Ogletree

    Coverage of undercover sting, arrests of gay men draws protest

    A Los Angeles gay rights organization has protested the decision by Manhattan Beach police to release -- and many local media to publish -- the names and photos of 18 men arrested in an undercover sex sting at a public...

    James Wilder, Jr.’s charges reduced; will begin practice with FSU

    By now, you've likely heard the news: James Wilder, Jr.'s charges from a February arrest have been reduced; he'll be back out practicing with the Seminoles in no time. “No time” literally means just that. According to his attorney, Tim Jansen,...