Legal Lasso: More than 300 Years for Human Trafficker

by Law Week

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A Very Long Sentence
A man convicted of human trafficking received the second-largest sentence in state history: 304 years to life.

Murder Charges for Security Guard
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said her office is pursuing second-degree murder charges for the security guard who shot and killed a protester at a recent rally.

Burnt Out?
Marijuana sales dropped in August, marking the first decrease since April. Despite the decline, the industry reports sales numbers are still high.

Jobless Claims Rise
Unemployment numbers, however, increased by 7% last week, with 8,700 filing for benefits. (Denver Post)

Cigarette Makers Sue
Discount cigarette manufacturers filed a federal lawsuit seeking to prevent a minimum-price clause in a ballot measure from taking effect, even if voters approve it in November.



Not Quite a Debate
President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden had dueling town hall forums last night, in lieu of a debate. Biden discussed court packing, social justice and crime, among other topics; Trump addressed questions about his tax returns and the peaceful transfer of power.

Charges Mount for Members of Kidnapping Plot
Eight men have been charged so far in relation to the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Charges range from gang membership, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and material support of an act of terrorism.

Fox Rothschild Undoes Pandemic Cuts
AmLaw firm Fox Rothschild announced that it is rolling back pandemic austerity measures. The firm cut salaries across the board in May.

DOL Looks to Speed up Internal Decisions
The Department of Labor is looking to make its administrative law judges more efficient by polling them on how long it takes to reach decisions, but some worry about how that information will be used.

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