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In the two weeks following Dylann Roof's massacre of nine parishioners in a Charleston, South Carolina church, seven other churches in five states caught fire. A connection with the shooting, and with the history of racist violence against black churches, seemed obvious.

But none of these fires have been charged as hate crimes. Why not? Shouldn't all church burnings be hate crimes?

Our legal system is predicated on the rule of law -- that our laws apply to everyone, equally, and that everyone is entitled to equal protection under the law. Nowhere is this principle more important and necessary than our criminal justice system.

We expect prosecutors to treat every defendant equally, but new research suggests this might not be the case. Instead, prosecutors often treat minority criminals far more harshly -- especially in terms of crimes carrying mandatory minimum sentences.

Minor crimes happen around us all the time: jaywalking, failing to stop at stop signs, drinking in public ... Chances are, you won't even think twice about ignoring these infractions. But what if you witness a serious crime involving loss of property or harm to others?

Witnessing a crime can be a frightening experience, but it can also be a chance to do the right thing. Here's what you should do if you witness a crime:

Look, it wouldn't be International Beer Day without a few beers. The idea, though, is to not drink a few too many beers. And especially not to get behind the wheel afterwards.

No one wants a good celebration ruined with a costly DUI conviction. So here are a few things to keep in mind while saying "Cheers" to man's greatest invention.

We usually think of criminal charges and our credit score as two separate issues. But when a store is coming after you over a shoplifting incident, you might be worried that one indiscretion could wind up on your criminal and financial record.

Here's what you need to know about the affect a shoplifting charge could have on your credit score.

I know what you're thinking: It's just a misdemeanor, right? No big deal -- I can handle this myself. But misdemeanors are crimes that can include jail time and are prone to turn into felonies if you're not careful.

So while you may not think a misdemeanor charge is serious, you may still want the help a qualified criminal defense attorney. Here's why:

[DISCLAIMER: This article is not legal advice. For your safety, if you are being detained by police, you should follow all officer instructions.]

An interesting legal quirk came to our attention the other day from this legal summary: "It's not a criminal attempt to escape where the arrest was unlawful." So, if an officer's reason for arresting you is invalid or illegal, you can't be charged with trying to flee that arrest.

Given the current climate of police shootings, especially against those fleeing from police, this seems like dangerous advice. So let's take a closer look at where this rule comes from and what it means for criminal suspects and defendants.

Red and blue lights flashing in the background. A siren whoop. Looks like you have to pull over. What did you do? Are you been pulled over for no reason?

Traffic stops may be a daily occurrence for police officers. However, cops can be jumpy during stops because they're dangerous. Just a few days ago, an officer from Hayward, California was shot and killed only 45 seconds into a routine traffic stop. In another case in Texas, Sandra Bland was pulled over for the relatively minor infraction of failing to signal. By the end of the stop, the officer became upset, and Bland was arrested.

Even if you think you were pulled over for nothing wrong, here are five tips on what to do during a traffic stop:

The transition from life in prison to life outside can often be jarring, at best. If you're not lucky enough to have a ride home and a supportive network, that adjustment can be even worse.

Finding a job can be the hardest part about transitioning back into society. Despite all the programs and incentives available to make it easier ex-cons easier, some of the old hurdles -- fear, prejudice, etc. -- still exist. So here are a few ideas for getting a job after jail.

As it should be obvious to everyone by now, the cops are on Facebook. Heck, they may even put your arrest on their own Facebook page.

So it shouldn't be that surprising that a New York state court made the police's job a little easier by ruling that Facebook must turn over photos, private messages, and personal account information in response to legitimate warrants. The ruling was in regards to 381 warrants served on the social media company by New York prosecutors, but could have much larger online privacy implications.