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You probably do not want U.S. Marshals in your home (cont.)

One of the more troubling aspects of this type of search and seizure is that depending on the scope of the search warrant, which is likely to be relatively broad, federal law enforcement could be searching through virtually every folder and document on computer hard drives, looking for evidence of a crime.

You probably do not want U.S. Marshals in your home

The U.S. is often seen as the home of second chances, where individual who failed, went bankrupt or went to jail, often begin again. But there is one area where American are somewhat less forgiving. Sex crimes and in particular, crimes related to children and involving child pornography.

Heroin trafficking charges filed in large Chicago drug raid

In a large-scale drug bust, law enforcement officers from state and federal agencies arrested 42 individuals on Chicago's west side. Those arrested include 16 who will face federal charges and 26 facing Illinois state charges. The arrests were made as part of an investigation by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

Will a modified bail system help low-level offenders?

As many people know, bail is a monetary figure that a person accused of a crime can pay to be released from jail while his or her trial is pending. The individual can get their bail back upon completing their trial. However, even when these bail figures are considered "low," they are still in the thousands of dollars. That's a significant amount of money, and many people can't afford to pay it.

Should sex crimes have a limitation period in Illinois?

The Dennis Hastert case has raised questions, both in the sense that it seems he is being prosecuted for an unusual charge, that of the financial crime of "structuring," while the more ominous crime, that of alleged sexual abuse of a school student was ignored.