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State police plan major crackdown on marijuana-impaired driving

The Massachusetts State Police have announced plans for a crackdown on marijuana-impaired driving, even as the state continues to work on implementing legalization. Since there is no reliable test for measuring marijuana intoxication, however, the agency will be relying on officers who have received special training in how to recognize stoned drivers.

Study: Blacks and Hispanics are indeed more likely to be searched

African-Americans and Hispanics have long suspected they are more likely than whites to be searched and ticketed when they're pulled over. An extensive study by Stanford University researchers has found strong evidence that this is the case.

What will it take to get my license back after an OUI?

Drunk driving comes with a host of serious penalties, some of which can have an impact that reaches into various areas of your life. From your financial well-being to your right to drive, there is much at stake. One of the most frustrating of these is your loss of driving privileges, a consequence that can affect both your career and your personal life.

New DOJ forensic evidence group to set standards for testimony

The evidence continues to mount that commonly accepted forensic science techniques are much less reliable than juries and the public had long been led to believe. In 2015, the FBI revealed that its own analysts had overstated the scientific certainty of microscopic hair analysis tests in at least 90 percent of cases reviewed.

Lawmaker demands release of Justice Dept. enforcement priorities

In light of a number of recent policy announcements by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a leading Senate Democrat is demanding details on the Justice Department's law enforcement priorities. Specifically, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is seeking the immediate release of recommendations of the presidential Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, which Sessions leads.

Is the Justice Dept. about to crack down on marijuana possession?

The presidential Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is scheduled to release a report this week. Criminal justice reformers fear it will signal a major crackdown on marijuana -- even in states where it is legal.

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