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June 2017 Archives

When young love becomes a sex crime

While no one may bat an eye if a 20 year old and a 25 year old engage in consensual sexual activities in Indiana, the story is very different if the parties ages are ages 14 and 19. While the state has what is known as "Romeo and Juliet laws," allowing individuals ages 14 or 15 to have a consensual sexual relationship with someone up to four years older than them, once that four-year limit is breached, that sexual activity becomes a crime. This is known as statutory rape, and it does not matter at that point whether the teenager has consented or misrepresented his or her age, as, with regards to that age limit, the teenager is deemed incapable of consent.

Is it still a rite of passage if you wind up in jail?

If you were to survey all college graduates in Indiana to ask them what some of their most memorable moments were during their school years, many of them would likely include tales that have to do with parties. In fact, it's often the more social aspects of a college career that are remembered after graduation. At many schools, socializing on and off campus includes recreational drug and alcohol use. Some say school officials tend to turn blind eyes to binge drinking or marijuana smoking because it's typical behavior.

Being accused of a white collar crime is a serious situation

Not every crime involves a violent affair. White collar crimes are taken just as seriously as violent crimes by prosecutors in Indiana. In fact, depending on the circumstances, a white collar crime might be punishable by both state law and federal law. Moreover, accusations of white collar crimes could tarnish a person's professional reputation leading to job loss and difficulties obtaining new employment.

Senate considering new mandatory minimum sentences for drugs

Setting harsh drug sentences that judges couldn't reduce wasn't controversial in the 1980s, when the majority of mandatory minimum sentences were put in place. Today, however, we can see the results of the policy: jails and prisons nationwide are stuffed to capacity.

2 State AGs, SEC probe ExxonMobil statements on climate change

The attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts, along with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are investigating whether ExxonMobil has been misleading investors about the full costs and benefits of some of its oil and gas projects. The New York Attorney General has accused the company of making "materially false and misleading statements" in its reports to investors, which would be a violation of both state and federal law.

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