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Don't count on legal pot under the Trump administration

Louisiana voters turned out in force last year to help sweep Donald Trump into the White House. But those who may have done so in the hope of seeing marijuana become legal at the federal level are likely to be disappointed.

Exonerees face an uphill battle upon release

In June of 2015, Glenn Ford died of lung cancer. If you don't recognize his name despite his story being the subject of documentaries and movies, his story might infuriate you. This man spent 30 years in Angola for crimes he didn't commit. After being exonerated and released from prison, he only lived one short year before he died. He never got the compensation that was due to him for being wrongfully incarcerated. Situations like this happen at an alarming rate.

Can a defendant plead insanity in Louisiana?

The short answer to your question is yes. An insanity defense in the state of Louisiana falls under the M'Naghten Rule, which has been in place since the mid-1800s. Under this rule, the defendant has the burden of proof and must show that he or she was unable to tell the difference between right and wrong at the time the alleged crime was committed.

How can malicious mother syndrome affect child custody?

Malicious mother syndrome is something that can have a big impact on child custody cases. When this occurs, the mother will try to make the father look bad so that she can have the child all to herself. In some cases, she tries to turn the child against the father. It is imperative that men who are involved in a custody dispute with a woman who might be malicious takes this information to heart.

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