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Even though Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death last week, it could be another decade before he is executed. Tsarnaev was convicted in federal court, and the last federal execution took place in 2003.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the average time spent on death row, without taking into account the 152 exonerations of prisoners on death row since 1973. So how long will Tsarnaev's wait be?

At the beginning of this year, 3,019 people are sitting in death row facing the death penalty. Last year 73 people were sentenced to death, and 35 were executed.

This month, Boston Bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death. However, he, and many other death row inmates, will spend years in prison awaiting several rounds of appeals before they are actually executed.

The Boston Marathon bomber was sentenced to death last week, and much was made of his reaction (or lack thereof) to the verdict:

That was one of many reactions to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's demeanor during and after the verdict. Which makes you wonder what people were expecting to see. Did they want to see him show remorse? And when does showing remorse matter, legally speaking?

It almost seems silly to ask whether racial profiling is allowed in policing. Obviously there are laws against racial discrimination in law enforcement, right?

As it turns out, there are still 20 states that haven't specifically outlawed racial profiling by police. And statutes can differ even in the states that have. Here's a quick look at how some states deal with racial profiling.

You've been served ... with a subpoena.

The prosecutor is calling you to testify against your boyfriend, father, boss, close friend. But, you're no snitch. You don't want to be the one to put them in jail. Or, you just don't want to bother with the hassle of testifying.

What can happen if you refuse to testify?

Hopefully you know by now that police need a search warrant to conduct most searches. There are however several exceptions to the warrant requirement, and some police activity that doesn't constitute a search.

Most warrantless searches fall under one of a few main exceptions: if contraband is in plain view, searching a person after he or she has been lawfully arrested, if there is an emergency or an officer is in hot pursuit, and at some checkpoints like airports or international borders.

Here's a roundup of other scenarios where officers don't need a search warrant:

One of the most persistent myths regarding criminal law is that if an officer makes a mistake on your police report, your charges get dropped. Not only is it highly unlikely an error on a report will result in dropped charges, police report mistakes, whether substantive or merely spelling, can work against you.

So what can you do if there's a mistake on your police report? Generally, it will depend on the kind of mistake.

Attorneys are expensive. There's no argument about that.

So, why hire one if you're just planning on pleading guilty? Even if you never plan on going to trial, you will want an attorney who can help you. Here's why:

Everybody's got that story, overheard at a party or from a friend of a friend, of getting out of a ticket or beating a charge on some technicality. Or, you watched undercover cops on TV dance around the inevitable question.

We may want to think there might be some kind of "Get Out of Jail Free" card that can be used against the system, but most of them are myths. Here are five of the most persistent myths about criminal law.

The trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begins today and is expected to focus more on punishment than on guilt. Holmes killed 12 people in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater over three years ago, but he has pleaded not guilty, contending he was legally insane at the time of the shooting.

This case bears some similar elements to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial for the Boston Marathon bombing: little question of guilt, but large arguments about the proper punishment. And like Tsarnaev, Holmes is attempting to avoid the death penalty. But there will also be some significant differences as well.