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Much as some of us would want to, we can't eliminate all physical contact in public interactions. Especially when we enter crowded areas like swarming sidewalks, stuffed shops and stores, and packed public transit. Sound like anywhere you were on Black Friday?

We might have to expect a couple brushes with strangers on Black Friday, but when do those bumps become assault and/or battery? Here's a look.

Legalizing it is no simple task. Just ask Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and other states that have legalized recreational marijuana: from licensing to labeling and from distribution to DUI tests, the regulation of legalized marijuana is a massive task. Still, those states -- and more every year -- have decided that the financial benefits from taxation and decriminalization are worth the regulatory headache during transition.

California was one of those states, voting to legalize marijuana last year. And 12 months later, the Golden State rolled out almost 300 pages of pot rules, set to go into effect January 1, 2018. Here are the *ahem* highlights:

Hate Crimes Hit 5-Year High

According to data released by the FBI last week, law enforcement agencies reported 6,121 hate crimes nationwide in 2016. That's a five percent increase in hate crimes over 2015, and a five-year high.

However, the FBI admits its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program doesn't count jurisdictions of agencies that do not submit reports, and some estimates put the number of hate crimes north of 200,000 per year.

Crooked cops still haven't figured out how their body cameras work. Apparently, no one told them the cameras record the 30 seconds before you turn it on as well. This is good news for defendants accusing cops of planting evidence. And, as we've seen in at least three recent cases, that is bad news for corrupt police officers.

The latest incident comes after an LAPD officer filmed himself placing a baggie of cocaine into a suspect's wallet, then announcing his find to others on the scene. Not a good look on the old body camera.

What Is a 'Body Broker'?

You probably felt pretty good checking the organ donor box on your driver's license application. And the thought of donating your body to science seemed a noble endeavor. After all, you're not going to be using it anymore -- it might as well go to someone in need.

At the same time, you're not able to keep an eye on where your body or organs go after you die. And a new Reuters investigative report claims that cadavers and body parts are being sold in a quasi-black market that's free from regulation or oversight, where so-called "body brokers" can thrive.

Is It Illegal to Honk at a Cop?

"Seriously?"
"Yeah, seriously -- is your horn stuck?"
"Is your brake stuck?"
"Is your f***in' horn stuck, smarta**?"

Probably not the ideal start for an exchange with a police officer, and it didn't get any better from there for Scott Smith, a St. Louis computer programmer with the temerity to honk at an officer who sat too long at a green light.

"I tell you what, you're gonna either show me your driver's license or you're gonna wind up getting a ticket. I'll tow your car and lock you up," the officer threatened, but in the end Smith was merely ticketed, possibly for excessive noise from a vehicle. Smith says he plans to challenge the ticket, so we'll find out whether it's illegal to honk at a cop.

The American bail system has come under an increasing amount of scrutiny lately. Of course we don't want potentially dangerous criminals in public and we want to make sure defendants stick around for their criminal trials. But too often innocent people languish in jail for no reason other than they cannot afford their bail. Even the Department of Justice argued that pre-trial bail schedules that imprison poor people for not being able to afford bail are unconstitutional.

So if you think your bail is too high, or you're facing jail time just because you can't afford your bail, can you get a judge to reduce it?

Ever since Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's extradition to the United States, he has been confined to an 80-square-foot cell in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Correctional Complex for 23 hours a day, given just one hour of exercise in a room with a single treadmill and stationary bicycle. And that solitude has taken its toll, according to Guzman's attorney, Eduardo Balarezo.

Balarezo wrote a detailed letter to United States District Judge Brian M. Cogan, describing the conditions of his client's confinement and the effects on his mental state. "Mr. Guzman has suffered a marked deterioration in his mental state," Balarezo wrote, including an "inability to remember people, places and events ... auditory hallucinations ... and ... depression." Judge Cogan ordered Guzman to be examined by a neuropsychologist as a result.

One of the common threads that tie many mass shooters together is a history of domestic violence or abuse. That was certainly the case with Devin Kelley, who gunned down 26 people at a church in Texas. Kelley was convicted and court-martialed by the Air Force for beating his wife and breaking his young stepson's skull in 2012. The question that naturally arises from these revelations is: How are convicted domestic abusers able to purchase firearms? After all, Kelley bought the AR-15 military-style rifle two years after his court-martial.

As it turns out, there are laws prohibiting domestic abusers from buying guns, but they are not so easily enforced.

For almost 20 years, one Long Island City was 'the world's largest open-air aerosol museum,' a mural space where graffiti artists could work free from the worry of prosecution. And then, overnight, it was gone. Well, not the building itself or course, but two decades worth of art (some 350 works) that adorned its walls. At the behest of the building's owner, workers had whitewashed the graffiti from its exterior in the run-up to its demolition.

Twenty-one of the artists sued, claiming a federal statute protected the work, and the building's owner failed to comply with the law's 90-day written removal notice provision. The jury in that case is now deliberating, and will soon decide if graffiti meets the law's "recognized stature" requirement.