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Supreme Court Ends Death Penalty for Minors

March 4, 2005
The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that executing those who were under 18 when they committed murder is cruel and unusual punishment, making it unconstitutional.

Bush Nominates New Chief of Intelligence

February 17, 2005
Following the senate’s confirmation of Michael Chertoff as the new secretary of Homeland Security, Bush has nominated John Negroponte, currently U.S. ambassador to Iraq, to become the first director of national intelligence.

Traditional Identify Theft More Common Than Online Fraud

January 27, 2005
Although many consumers worry about their private information being stolen online, a new study found that most identity theft doesn’t happen via the Internet, but through more traditional means.

CPR Often Done Incorrectly

January 20, 2005
While civilians and police officers depend on trained medics and medical professionals to be able to take over CPR in a crisis situation, two recent studies found that many doctors, paramedics, and nurses don’t perform the procedure properly.

Sing Sing Prison Museum Proposed

January 6, 2005
Officials in Westchester County in New York state want to create a museum at Sing Sing prison, which would draw tourists to the place where the Rosenbergs were electrocuted in 1953.

Boston’s Toys For Tickets Benefits Toys For Tots

December 9, 2004
In a unique show of holiday spirit, the City of Boston is allowing some motorists to donate new toys to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign in lieu of paying fines to the city in cash.

Gang Suspected a Danger to National Security

December 9, 2004
Mara Salvatrucha, a widespread mostly Salvadoran gang seen by some as a rival in violence to the Mexican Mafia, is now believed to have ties to al-Qaeda.

Man Wants to Change Law For Interrogating Children

November 18, 2004
A father whose 13-year-old son was charged with sexual assault after a more than two-hour interrogation says the law is wrong to allow police officers to do so without first calling a child’s parents.

Bill Gives Cops More DNA Database Access

November 4, 2004
President Bush has signed into law a bill to give local police across the country increased access to federal DNA databases. The law epands the national DNA database by allowing states to add samples to it as well as compare their samples with the national database.

Montana Approves Medical Marijuana Law

November 4, 2004
With Tuesday’s election, Montana became one of the many Western states to approve a medical marijuana initiative, while other parts of the country haven’t even put the issue on the ballot.
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