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Juvenile Strikes Count in Three Strikes Law

Juvenile Strikes Count in Three Strikes Law

by Maria Wood “Three strikes and you’re out” doesn’t just refer to baseball, it also applies to those who commit serious crimes in the Garden State. New Jersey is one of 28 states that have three strikes laws on the books. Passed in 1995, New Jersey’s Three Strikes...

Right to Remain Silent? Not About Passcodes

Right to Remain Silent? Not About Passcodes

by Michael Barbella Increasingly, the nation’s courts need to look to the U.S. Constitution to interpret laws dealing with 21st century technology as digital devices become entrenched in everyday life, as well as in criminal activity. Computers, cellphones, and other...

It’s a Warming World—What Can Be Done?

It’s a Warming World—What Can Be Done?

by Jodi L. Miller There is no question that the Earth is warming. According to the World Meteorological Organization, the warmest seven years on record have all occurred since 2015, with 2016 and 2020 tying for the hottest. According to the National Aeronautics and...

Adult Marijuana Use Now Legal in New Jersey

Adult Marijuana Use Now Legal in New Jersey

by Maria Wood In February 2021, New Jersey became the 14th state to legalize adult marijuana use when Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act. New Jersey legislators had...