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October 2018 Archives

What some people are doing while driving may surprise you

Like in other states, distracted driving in Texas is a problem. From phones to the technology that now comes in many vehicles, there are many things that can distract a driver from what he or she needs to be doing most – staying focused on safe driving. In fact, studies and statistics have found that a startlingly high number of people admit to engaging in various types of significantly dangerous distracted driving.

Should the government need reasonable suspicion for watch lists?

Should the federal government be able to add you to a terrorism watch list just because of your religion? Because you bought a computer at Best Buy? After you waited at a train station for your mother? Shouldn't you have to have done something suspicious before you're placed on a government list that keeps you from flying or traveling abroad?

Could a kickoff change reduce concussions in football?

In 2016, the NCAA introduced a new kickoff rule on an experimental basis for eight private, Ivy League universities. League coaches recommended the change when 2015 data showed that kickoffs made up only 6 percent of plays but accounted for 21 percent of concussions. Kickoffs are the only play "where players on both teams have the space to get up to full speed," potentially risking injury from a head-on tackle, noted the lead author of a recent study.

More evidence shown to be overstated, faulty in case of Joe B.

We've discussed the case of Joe B. before. A former Clifton, Texas, high school principal, Joe was convicted of his wife's 1985 murder. The evidence seemed pretty persuasive at the time of his trial, but that evidence is quickly unraveling.

Under investigation or charged with a crime? Avoid social media

Family law attorneys have been telling their clients to stay away from social media during the divorce proceedings for many years now, since nothing is ever really as private as you believe. They warn their clients that their posts and pictures could come back to haunt them in courtroom battles for property or custody of their children.

Even in the border zone, searches and seizures must be reasonable

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits unreasonable government searches and seizures. The general rule is that the government needs a warrant, or an exception to the warrant requirement, for a search or seizure to be constitutional. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that no warrant or even probable cause is required for customs officers to search at the U.S. border or 100 miles into the interior in what is called the "border zone." The border zone includes Houston, San Antonio and even New Braunfels.

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