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A confident eyewitness could still be wrong

Have you ever heard that people's memories change over time? It's true. You probably think that every memory you have is accurate, assuming that the only problem is when you can't remember something at all. The science tells us that some of your memories are probably false, though, no matter how real they seem.

There are a lot of reasons for this, but much of it has to do with outside information. It can taint the memories that you have. As you bring them up and recall them, this information can get filtered in and change that memory.

Youth should learn about domestic violence in school, says judge

Talking about domestic violence is never pleasant, but doing so can save lives. A Texas judge believes that applies to high school students and has made it her mission to visit their schools and talk about the topic. The judge, Inna Klein of the 214th District Court, believes that domestic violence is common and recently went to Moody High School to talk about her views.

Klein is in charge of a domestic violence court in Nueces County, so she has presided over many cases in which someone was accused of domestic violence. She talks to students about the signs of domestic violence, and what to do if they see those signs in their own relationships or in the relationships of friends and family members. She also talks about the legal terms for domestic violence and the penalties incurred by those who are found guilty of committing it.

Switching price tags can get you arrested

People who might never shoplift outright may attempt to get an extra discount on the merchandise they purchase by switching price tags to pay a substantially lower amount. Technology has advanced and made this more challenging with the use of RFID tags and barcodes, yet people still manage to get away with some price tag switches.

Until they get caught. One man in another state attempted to dupe Walmart out of a great deal of money by switching tags on $1,800 worth of merchandise and using the self-checkout lane to ring up only $3.70 on the register. He was caught.

Yes, legal drugs can lead to drug charges

In recent years, the way we view illicit drugs has changed significantly. Prescription drugs, like Oxycontin, that were once thought to be safe are now having worse effects on the body than long-time illegal drug, marijuana.

As the difference between illegal and legal drugs continues to blur, it’s important for people to understand that legal drugs can still be used illegally. Here are just a few ways that using legal drugs can lead to criminal penalties.

Much of forensic science isn’t very scientific

If you’ve ever watched “CSI” or any similar drama, you likely know that forensic evidence analysis is a sophisticated science that produces iron-clad results. Unfortunately, that conclusion is completely wrong. Many forensic tests that have been used for years are not very reliable, and some are so bad that they can’t honestly be called scientific.

To make matters worse, these tests often prove highly convincing to jurors because forensic “experts” are allowed to overstate the efficacy of their tests and the accuracy of results. This was the subject of an article in the New York Times about the increasing number of exonerations in recent years. In many of these cases, bad forensic science played a role in the original convictions.

Myths about the consequences of drug charges

Most of us don’t think about the consequences of our actions until they’re upon us. Worse yet, when we do, we might imagine that these penalties won’t be so bad.

But this thinking can be really dangerous when it comes to drug charges in Texas. Here are a few of the more popular myths you shouldn’t believe and why.

Will marijuana legalization play a part in the 2020 election?

In past presidential elections, social issues, such as abortion and gay rights, have divided political parties.

However, 2020's presidential candidates seem to be in some degree of agreement over the once-polarizing issue of marijuana legalization. 

Common reasons for a dismissal of your criminal case

If you face criminal charges, you may wonder whether the charges can be dropped. Many people who have been charged with a crime never go to trial for a variety of reasons: The charges could be dismissed, or a plea deal could be reached.

Some of the main reasons your case could be dismissed includes:

The way we consider illicit drugs is changing

Within a relatively short period of time, this country's attitude toward certain drugs has changed a lot. Some doctors are now prescribing drugs that used to be illegal, while others are discouraging prescriptions that were once commonplace.

Here are just a few examples of how people are changing the way they think about some drugs.

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