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Not being able to vote as a convicted felon may seem harsh, but the practice of disenfranchisement varies widely, depending on where you live.

Each state has the power to regulate the ability of convicted felons to vote, and they don't all agree on whether (or even how long) a felon should lose the right to vote.

So when and where do convicted felons have voting rights?

St. Louis County prosecutors will begin presenting evidence to a grand jury this week in connection with the fatal officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The grand jury will be tasked with evaluating testimony and evidence regarding the unarmed 18-year-old's death and will consider criminal charges against those responsible. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, assistant St. Louis County prosecutors Kathi Alizadeh and Sheila Whirley have been selected to present the case to the jurors.

As the grand jury process begins, here are three legal facts to keep in mind:

What Is Jury Nullification?

Jury nullification is a legal phenomenon in which jurors choose to acquit a defendant despite the facts and law presented to them supporting conviction. The practice is often cited as a boon for juries who wish to free sympathetic defendants and block unjust enforcement or unjust laws.

Do juries have the right to nullification, and is there any recourse for refusing to convict a defendant?

A traffic stop should be reasonably short, but often drivers are subjected to what may seem like hours of detention. Sitting behind the wheel interminably with a cop's spotlight pointed directly in your side view mirror, you may feel like something unlawful is going on.

There are legal standards for judging how long a police officer may hold a driver during a traffic stop, but it doesn't come down to minutes or seconds.

Here are some of the principles that can determine how long is too long for a traffic stop:

Ferguson, Missouri, has been a hotbed of conflict between protesters, reporters, and law enforcement, with police seemingly arresting and allegedly abusing members of the press earlier this week.

As civilians feel more and more squeezed by the authority and force of police, it's only natural for the public to demand answers to serious legal questions.

Here are five common legal questions (and some general answers) relating to the events in Ferguson:

What is a REDDI report, and can it be used as the legal basis for a traffic stop?

A REDDI report (the acronym stands for "Report Every Dangerous/Drunk Driver Immediately") is a way for civilians to notify law enforcement when they notice dangerous driving conduct. They also may serve as part of the legal justification for a police officer stopping a driver to investigate a traffic offense or even a DUI.

But what separates these REDDI reports from simple anonymous tips, and what makes them reliable enough to allow an officer to stop a vehicle?

James Brady, President Ronald Reagan's former press secretary, died last week at a Virginia retirement community. However, the medical examiner's office ruled his death a homicide, from a shooting that occurred more than 30 years prior.

Brady was shot in 1981 during an assassination attempt on President Reagan by John W. Hinckley Jr. The Washington Post reports that Hinckley, now 59, was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting, and has been housed at St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital ever since.

With Brady's death being ruled a homicide, many are wondering: Could Hinckley be brought up on new murder charges for shooting Brady?

So you skipped a criminal court hearing. You may be hoping to read that it's no big deal, but this isn't something trivial.

Real talk: It won't change the facts in your case, but it will change how the justice system treats you. Judges are given a large amount of discretion regarding bail and sentencing, even for very minor offenses, and missing a criminal hearing date may get you a raw deal.

So what can happen if you skip your criminal court hearing? Here are a few potential consequences:

Convicted murderer Jodi Arias is getting another chance to tell her story during her upcoming sentencing retrial, and this time she'll be representing herself.

An Arizona judge agreed on Monday to allow Arias to represent herself in a retrial that could end with Arias facing the death penalty. Reuters reports that Judge Sherry Stephens advised Arias against taking over for her current attorneys, who will now "act as advisory counsels."

Can Arias really represent herself at her retrial?

A New Jersey defendant was granted a new trial after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that gangster rap lyrics found in his car cannot be used as evidence to help prove motive for attempted murder.

Vonte Skinner was convicted of shooting and paralyzing a drug dealer in 2005 based on rap lyrics that officers had found in Skinner's car -- lyrics which were read to the jury during his trial. The Star-Ledger reports that New Jersey's High Court decided unanimously that the fictional exploits described in Skinner's rap lyrics should not have been introduced as evidence of Skinner's guilt.

Is this a win for rap lyricists over prosecutors?