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2014 in Review: Top 10 Blog Posts From FindLaw's Blotter

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By Brett Snider, Esq. on December 31, 2014 6:01 AM

FindLaw's Blotter attempts to cover the latest in criminal news as well as provide common-sense explanations of the legal intricacies of the criminal justice system. With 2014 coming to a close, we've tried to reflect on the stories that have caught our readers' attentions most -- both news-based and general.

With that, here are the 10 most popular posts from FindLaw's Blotter in 2014:

  1. Is It Illegal to Open Someone Else's Mail? -- We all have received mail for someone else at a certain point, but how you proceed with that mail may violate federal law.
  2. Is It Legal to Videotape, Record Police? -- With more and more police misconduct dragged into the light of day, it's more important than ever to know if you can record the police.
  3. Is It Legal to Carry a Sword in Public? -- Yes, samurais and warriors carry swords in the movies. No, you may not legally carry one in most states.
  4. Is There a Statute of Limitations on Murder? -- There is generally no statute of limitations on murder, but that isn't the end of the story.
  5. Can You Put Your Dog to Sleep Yourself? -- After watching "Old Yeller," you may be wondering if the law even allows you to end your own dog's life.
  6. Why Don't Police Shoot to Wound? -- Police seem to shoot to kill too often, but this may explain why shooting to wound is not practical for cops.
  7. 5 BB Gun Laws You Need to Know -- BB guns are legal, but kids and parents should know these laws before buying them.
  8. When Can Police Place You in Handcuffs? -- You don't actually have to be under arrest to be placed in handcuffs.
  9. How Do Inmates Buy Things in Jail, Prison? -- This might be academic unless you're an inmate, but you'll need commissary funds to buy things legally behind bars.
  10. If You Insult a Cop, Will You Get Arrested? -- You may have certain free speech rights, but you might have to spend some time in cuffs to vindicate them.

Keep reading FindLaw's Blotter in 2015 to stay abreast of the latest criminal news and tips.

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