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February 2016 News

You can marry for love, you can marry for money, you can marry as part of a bet. But if you marry for a green card, your marriage won't count for immigration and naturalization purposes. And if you're caught marrying in order to evade U.S. immigration laws, you're banned from ever getting a visa or green card, even if you enter into a later, legitimate marriage with a U.S. citizen.

And that's just what happened to attempted-immigrant Mohit Sehgal, who got caught paying for a sham marriage only to later enter into a legitimate relationship with another American citizen.

'Looks Like Texting' Isn't Texting, Suppress that Heroin! 7th Cir.

It can't be overstated: Indiana has some funny laws. In the case at bar, Judge Posner authored an opinion that overturned a criminal conviction for possession of heroin all because the police failed to prove probable cause. Now if this seems perfectly reasonable, get a load of the facts before you make your final assessment. It's a great case.

Before you read on, ask yourself a question and remember the answer. If you passed a car on the highway and saw the driver with their head bent forward fiddling with their cell-phone what would you suppose they were doing? Texting, right? Be honest.

Exasperated Judge Posner Kills Easement Dreams for Landowner

Judge Posner, clearly exasperated by the procedural muck that was made out of a relatively routine easement case, killed the landowner's dreams of establishing a prescriptive easement to a public road in the Seventh Circuit.

"The duration of this litigation," he vented, is inexplicable and inexcusable -- for it's a pretty simple case!"

A Wisconsin law requires convicted sex offenders who have been released from civil commitment to wear a GPS ankle bracelet all day, every day, for the rest of their lives. And that is not an unconstitutional violation of their privacy, the Seventh Circuit ruled recently.

The ankle monitor sends daily reports of the offender's movements to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, who can then use the information to connect offenders to reported sexual assaults.

A Putnam County, Indiana, sheriff's deputy who was convicted for excessive force won't get off with just a 14-month sentence, the Seventh Circuit ruled last Thursday. Calling the sentence "light," when compared to similar cases, the court demanded that sheriff's deputy Terry Joe Smith be resentenced.

Smith was convicted following a series of violent episodes in 2012, characterized by the court as "violent, gratuitous, and sadistic," which included beating subdued, unresisting, and handcuffed suspects.