World History Blog
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trades Center; it is the first attack on American soil since the bombings at Pearl Harbor, in December 7, 1941.
Court Ruling Could Invalidate Local Sex Offender Residency Restrictions. October 2008, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project filed a lawsuit on behalf of six sex offenders residing in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, challenging the county's residency restrictions for people convicted of sex crimes. In the summer of 2011, a decision was issued in the lawsuit that could have a far-reaching impact on city and county sex offender residency restrictions throughout the state.
Many people who have been arrested, charged with a crime or convicted want to just move on with life without a criminal record haunting them from the rest of their lives. Mistakes made earlier in life should not be used to predict future behavior. Unfortunately, employers, rental agencies, colleges and military recruiters can be particularly sensitive about criminal records. Because of this, the law allows some criminal records to be expunged.Expunction (also known as expungement) is the removal of a record of arrest from a person's criminal file. Chapter 55 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure establishes specific requirements for the expunction of criminal history records, including arrest records. Essentially, a defendant can petition the court to remove arrests which did not lead to a finding of guilt or the placement on community supervision in a subsequent prosecution. If criminal charges were dropped, a not guilty verdict was rendered, or a conviction was overturned on appeal, a defendant would be eligible to have all records relating to the prosecution destroyed.
The justification for President Obama's new proposed tax on the wealthy is wrong on the numbers. Despite the president's claims, millionaires...