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Federal crack sentencing guidelines voted retroactive

In a widely anticipated decision the U.S. Sentencing Commission today voted unanimously to retroactively apply the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 ("FSA") crack cocaine sentencing guidelines amendments.

Issue of Warrantless Cell Phone Searches Now Before Oregon Supreme Court

Fifteen years ago, not much more than 1 in 10 people even had a cell phone. Today, more than 9 and 10 people do, and the phones are getting smarter all the time. As more and more people use their phones as cameras, text messaging centers and Internet portals, the amount of personal information available on the phone is breathtaking.

Is Oregon facing a federal marijuana crackdown?

An article in this morning's Oregonian appears to signal a renewed effort to prosecute medical marijuana users, growers, and distributors. The story appears two days after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department would soon "clarify" its position on state medical marijuana laws like Oregon's.

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