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Eulalio Tordil, a law enforcement officer with the Federal Protective Service, is in custody following three deadly shootings in Maryland over the last two days. Tordil allegedly shot and killed his wife Thursday evening, then killed two more at two separate mall shootings that also left two injured.

The Prince George's County Police Department is "investigating a possible link" between the shootings -- the first of which was in a high school parking lot and the others at a mall and supermarket -- but it was not immediately clear that the killings are related.

Feds Punish NY Corruption: Sheldon Silver Sentenced to 12 Years

Sheldon Silver, former New York Assembly Speaker, knows the legal system very well. But this week he became intimately familiar with an aspect of the law that was previously only an abstraction to him -- federal criminal sentencing statutes.

Silver, who was just one of many local politicians caught up in an anti-corruption sweep by the local US Attorney General for the Southern District of New York, was hit hard. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption and, reports The New York Times, the judge seemed particularly perturbed by Silver's determination to do wrong.

Misdemeanors Are an Obstacle to Employment in Many States

A misdemeanor on your criminal record is not a bar to most types of employment, or it should not be, and many states have laws that govern how or if employers can consider these. Despite that, a new study reveals that in many states across the country a minor offense presents a major obstacle to licensing and certification for certain jobs.

Although 40 states have laws governing the consideration of criminal records in employment, the problem is reportedly widespread. According to the study by the National Employment Law Project, reported in The Wall Street Journal, the majority of state licensing boards do consider criminal records to deny people licenses to work in healthcare and education.

Ohio Police Unravel Family Massacre, Slowly

Last week eight members of one family, the Rhodens, were executed in Ohio, in four different homes on the same night. Local authorities still haven't found the killer or killers, and all of Pike County, the rural Ohio region where the slayings took place, is reportedly on edge.

There is reason to believe that the murders may have had to do with illegal marijuana growing operations allegedly discovered on the properties where the Rhodens were murdered. There are also stories in the media about the Rhoden family teenage boys being fighters. But despite massive law enforcement efforts, the investigation is moving slowly, writes ABC News, and little is known for sure.

Is It Illegal to Tell Someone to Commit Suicide?

There's a case in Massachusetts juvenile criminal court that's creepier than most horror movies. It's the bizarre story of a suicidal teenager and his girlfriend who texted encouragement while he killed himself.

She is 17-year-old Michelle Carter, and she faces involuntary manslaughter charges for her electronic missives, telling Conrad Roy III, "The time is right and you're ready." The case is alarming for what it may say about communication today but also, reports Vice, because of the legal issues it raises.

Dennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months for Past Child Molestation

You cannot judge a person's character or qualities by their title or standing in society, and Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is proof positive of this. The longest-serving Republican Speaker of the US House of Representatives today admitted to abusing at least one student while he was a high school wrestling coach decades ago.

The admission came during a sentencing hearing on his plea of guilty to charges of illegally structuring bank withdrawals to evade reporting rules for large transactions. The money Hastert was hiding was being paid to a man who says the Former Speaker abused him sexually when he was a 14 years old.

3 Flint Authorities Criminally Charged for Water Crisis: More to Come?

Politicians in Flint, Michigan are waiting and no doubt worrying. Last week criminal charges were filed against three men involved in the water crisis there. Mike Glasgow, Stephen Busch, and Mike Prysby face years in prison if convicted, according to CNN, and they are the first government workers criminally charged in relation to the water crisis.

Governor Rick Snyder responded to the move saying that due process will reveal whether anyone acted criminally. Indeed, that is the goal of the probe being led by State Attorney General Bill Schuette, who says that the charges filed last week are only the beginning of his investigation. "No one is above the law, not on my watch," Schuette said.

For smokers, stoners, tokers, vapers, and now edible nibblers, tomorrow is a national holiday on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Eve all rolled into one giant doobie, lit, puffed, and passed to the left. Every year, 4/20 celebrations around the country get bigger and bigger, as marijuana becomes more and more legal.

Does that mean you have the right to blaze wherever you want on 4/20? Not quite. The feds still outlaw weed (though maybe not for long) and even in states where recreational pot is legal, being high in public may not be (though we don't expect that to stop all of you). What else do you need to know about marijuana possession and use on 4/20? Here's a quick rundown:

A Texas judge sentenced Ethan Couch to a tentative 720-day jail sentence related to the "Affluenza" teen's probation conditions stemming from his 2013 drunken driving accident that killed four people and injured two more. Couch celebrated his last teenage birthday in the maximum security Lon Evans Correctional Center in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, and could spend his remaining teenage days there.

But District Judge Wayne Salvant did give Couch's attorneys two weeks to come up with an argument to reduce the jail sentence. Can they do it?

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Man Cleared of Crimes After Decades in Prison

No one can give Keith Allen Harward back the decades he spent in prison but DNA evidence has helped him to win his freedom. Harward is 60 years old, a former sailor in the US Navy who was convicted of killing a man and raping his wife in 1982, according to NBC News.

He spent over 30 years incarcerated in Virginia prisons before the state Supreme Court unanimously found that he was innocent. The State Attorney General Mark Herring, who joined a brief petitioning the Supreme Court to issue a writ of actual innocence, called the ruling "wonderful news."