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A jail guard for New York City's Rikers Island unit was arrested Monday in connection with the overheating death of a mentally ill prisoner earlier this year.

Carol Lackner, 34, was stationed in a special jail unit for mentally ill inmates and has been accused of falsifying records to make it seem as if she was checking on inmates when she wasn't. Lackner was tasked with checking on ex-Marine Jerome Murdough, 56, every half-hour in February, when he roasted to death inside his 101-degree cell.

What criminal charges is Lackner facing for Murdough's death?

When protestors take to the streets, in many instances they also take over the streets by blocking traffic. But by doing so, these protestors may be inviting more than just attention to their cause, but also potential legal consequences.

Over the weekend, multiple protests spurred by a grand jury's decision not to bring criminal charges against the New York City police officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner resulted in blocked streets and freeways. These protests included a demonstration in Oakland, California in which protestors blocked a freeway, resulting in a heated stand-off with police, reports CNN.

What potential legal consequences do protestors face for blocking streets? Here are a few possibilities:

With an increasing number of states legalizing recreational and medicinal use of marijuana, those traveling between states may be curious about the legalities of traveling with marijuana.

The first two states to pass laws legalizing the recreational of marijuana, Colorado and Washington, have both seen an influx of pot tourists -- those coming to the state to legally purchase and use marijuana. But what happens when travelers from other states attempt to pack some pot in their luggage and return home?

Is it legal to travel with pot?

A 13-year-old boy was found in a Georgia residence behind a fake wall, four years after his mother reported him missing in Florida.

The teen, who has not been identified, was found in a Jonesboro, Georgia, home along with five other people, including the boy's father, Gregory Jean. According to Reuters, Jean, 37, and Samantha Joy Davis, 42, are facing charges of false imprisonment, cruelty to children, and obstructing an officer.

What legal consequences could these alleged kidnappers face, if convicted?

Black Friday Crime Roundup 2014

The tremendous deals afforded only those people who get to Walmart at 6 AM on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, inevitably lead to pushing, shoving, trampling, fighting, and then arresting. Sometimes, they lead to stealing, and this year, they've also led to picketing, as consumers protest stores being open on Thanksgiving, requiring employees to work on a day when they should be at home with their families.

To help kick off the holiday shopping season, here's a roundup of some Black Friday crimes from the long weekend.

A child who was carrying a fake gun died from his wounds on Sunday after being shot by an Ohio police officer on a playground.

Tamir Rice, 12, was identified by the Cuyahoga County medical examiner as the victim of this fatal shooting, which occurred outside of Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday. According to The Associated Press, officers were responding to a 911 call that a boy was pointing a pistol that was "probably fake" and scaring others.

Were the officers within the law when Rice was shot and killed?

On November 24, 2014, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri delivered its long-awaited decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager.

The grand jury was presented with five different options for what to charge, ranging from first-degree murder to manslaughter. CNN reports that after months of evidence presentation and two days of deliberation, the grand jury returned "no true bill," meaning it didn't find any probable cause for any of the five charges.

What does this mean for Darren Wilson and Michael Brown's family?

A California couple has been charged for an alleged conspiracy to make and distribute pot on the recent incarnation of a black-market website, Silk Road 2.0.

David Schell, 54, and Teri Schell, 59, of Durham, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday for conspiracy to make and distribute marijuana on the illicit Internet hub. According to Sacramento's KXTV, the couple were charged with 11 criminal counts relating to their alleged scheme to sell pot and pot products online.

So how do these pot growers fit into Silk Road 2.0?

Retrial over the punishment of convicted murderer Jodi Arias resumed Wednesday, after legal issues with the defense's case caused testimony to be delayed for almost two weeks.

Part of this period was spent addressing legal arguments that media outlets should be excluded from court during testimony in Arias' retrial to accommodate a "skittish defense witness" to testify in private, reports The Associated Press. The judge in Arias' case also denied a defense motion to delay the trial based on allegations that police altered or deleted evidence on the victim's computer.

As the retrial resumes this week, what should those interested in Arias' retrial look for?

A recent Gallup poll finds that about one in four American households includes someone who's been victimized by crime -- a figure that's remained fairly constant over the past decade.

According to a Gallup study from 2000 to 2014, between 22 and 27 percent of households have reported being victimized by crime over the last 14 years. Victimization on the individual level has been slightly less reported, with between 14 and 19 percent of Americans claiming to be individual victims of crime.

What do these numbers mean for the average American, and which crimes are the most common?