February 2018 Archives

Proving innocence in a serious case

With the countless portrayals circulating throughout the media, serious crimes have become a common phrase to the average entertainment seeker. However, what many often forget is that those who face severe charges are actual people -- people whose lives have been put on the line in a matter of hours. West Virginians currently experiencing such unfortunate events may feel overwhelmed at the extensive legal process, especially when a felony charge could be looming in the future. While false accusations are a sobering reality, where does the law draw the line? 

The severity of a false terroristic accusation

Current politics surrounding terrorism have sparked debate on the country's legal and ethical stance on the issue. While there have been a number of recent incidents labelled as "terroristic," many West Virginians still wonder what, exactly, constitutes as a threat of terrorism.

Could medical marijuana be the answer to opioid addiction?

As most West Virginian residents are aware, the opioid crisis has only worsened in recent years. The epidemic has taken a significant toll on the eastern side of the United States, with West Virginia reporting some of the highest numbers of overdoses. While federal officials continue to grapple with this situation, many are turning to medical marijuana as an answer.

Selection of one juror not acceptable to defense

People in West Virginia who have been accused of serious crimes and whose fate rests to some degree in the hands of 12 people named to be jurors in a trial will know how important the selection of those 12 jurors may be to their futures. Certainly there may exist the opportunity to appeal an initial decision but it is nonetheless important to know that one's rights are protected by having a fair and impartial jury

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