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Understanding domestic violence issues

Many domestic-violence hotlines report a spike in calls during holiday seasons. Heightened emotions, closeness of family and the consumption of alcohol can trigger domestic violence. However, alcohol and stressful family events may be only part of the problem.

Sessions: No need to review quality of FBI forensic science

When evidence is used to prove guilt in a criminal case, that evidence needs to be valid. It's a basic tenet of the criminal justice system that prosecutors aren't supposed to fight simply to win, but to fight for justice. They're not supposed to cut corners on evidence, and if there is a problem with that evidence, they're required to tell the defense.

You have the right to mute law enforcement's star witness.

Thanks to our exposure to countless police procedurals and crime movies, most Americans are familiar with the rights extended to those brought in for questioning. Whether the scene features an individual being placed in a squad car or interviewed at a police station, the actor interrogated was informed of the right to remain silent. The safeguard against self-incrimination proffered by the Miranda rights is one that Hollywood has taught Americans from an early age.

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