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Robert Durst will be staying in jail for the foreseeable future. Now that authorities have Durst in their grasp, they aren't going to let him go any time soon.

A Louisiana magistrate denied bond, also known as bail, for Robert Durst at a bail hearing in New Orleans. Durst was arrested recently after "The Jinx," an HBO documentary, showed him allegedly confessing to killing a California woman and his wife. He was also charged with illegally owning weapons and drugs. Prosecutors argued that Durst is a flight risk, and the magistrate agreed. Durst's lawyer, Dick DeGuerrin, didn't put up much of a fight and did not seek bail.

When can a judge refuse to grant bail?

Just when you thought it was safe to be George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted of the 2013 shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is back in the news.

Zimmerman was arrested and jailed on Friday for aggravated assault after allegedly throwing a wine bottle toward his girlfriend -- an incident he denies. It was Zimmerman's third domestic violence-related incident since his acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case.

Friday is the 20th anniversary of the killings that led to the murder trial of former athlete and actor O.J. Simpson.

As you may recall, Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were killed June 13, 1994. O.J.'s news-breaking acquittal for their murders occurred a little more than a year later; he's currently in prison for an unrelated armed-robbery conviction.

So what legal lessons did we learn from O.J. Simpson? Looking back over the last two decades, here are five that come to mind:

Kerry Kennedy Found Not Guilty of Drugged Driving

After a five-day trial, a New York jury found Kerry Kennedy not guilty of drugged driving on Friday.

In 2012, Kennedy -- daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- was arrested and charged with driving while impaired after she crashed into a tractor-trailer while under the influence of a sleeping pill.

Why was she found not guilty?

Can a DUI Result in Deportation?

After pop star Justin Bieber's DUI arrest and the trending #DeportBieber hashtags on Twitter, many are wondering if a DUI can get a foreigner deported.

The Canadian-born singer's arrest brings to the forefront the immigration issues surrounding what happens to non-U.S. citizens who commit crimes while in the states. It's believed Bieber has an O-1 performer's visa, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Since DUIs are serious and dangerous offenses, can a DUI get a non-citizen deported?

Justin Bieber couldn't keep himself out of trouble for long this year, as he was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of a DUI in Miami Beach.

Police Detective Vivian Hernandez told the New York Daily News that the DUI charge was for "a combination of alcohol and narcotics."

Although it seems the "Boyfriend" singer isn't giving Beliebers much to "belieb" in anymore, these five legal lessons from Bieber's DUI arrest might help:

Mars Heiress, 74, Fined $2,500 for Fatal Crash

Just like we predicted, Mars heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars, 74, will be facing light penalties for the fatal crash she caused that killed an 86-year-old woman and caused a pregnant passenger's miscarriage.

A Virginia judge ordered Mars, one of the world's richest women, to pay a $2,500 fine and suspended her driver's license for six months.

How did the candy heiress get such a sweet sentence?

Mars Heiress Charged in Fatal Crash

As we suspected would happen, Mars heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars, 74, is now facing criminal charges after a fatal crash that killed an 86-year-old woman and caused a pregnant passenger's miscarriage.

With reckless driving charges underway, what's at stake for the heiress who's worth a staggering $20.5 billion -- making her the third-richest woman in the United States?

What Happens If You Refuse a DUI Breath Test?

What happens if you refuse a DUI breath test? Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar might have an answer for you, after he refused to take a breath test during a recent traffic stop.

Kosar was pulled over last month for suspicion of OVI -- operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Ohio's version of a DUI. But when asked to take a breath test, he refused, saying that he'd always been advised never to take one, Cleveland.com reports.

When you refuse a DUI breath test like Kosar did, what happens next? While DUI laws vary by state, here are some possible outcomes:

Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel to Get New Trial

In a scathing 135-page decision, a Connecticut judge has set aside Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction and ordered a new trial. Skakel was convicted in 2002 for the grisly murder of Martha Moxley, his teenage neighbor in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1975.

Though Skakel has served about half of his 20-year sentence, he's slated for a brand spankin' new trial because his original trial lawyer did not competently represent him.

Getting another bite at the "judicial apple" is no easy feat -- but it is possible under pretty extraordinary circumstances.