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NBA player receives harsh punishment due to domestic assault case

You may not have heard of Jeffrey Taylor, a Swedish national who was picked in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft. Taylor's NBA career never really took off, and it will likely take much longer for it to get off the ground now that he has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Taylor was inebriated in September of this year, and pushed a woman down in a hotel lobby. The woman suffered bruises and other injuries, but she refused medical treatment.

As a result of his actions, Taylor has been suspended 24 games by the NBA. He missed 11 games at the start of this season under an "indefinite" suspension by the NBA, and will miss the next 13 games under the newly released suspension to reach his 24-game punishment. If anything, the NBA's reaction to the NFL's domestic violence controversy has been stark and stern (no pun intended).

Eating a BAC print out is not a good idea

Let's say you are driving late one night after you enjoyed a drink or two at your local establishment. Getting behind the wheel of the car probably wasn't the best decision in your life, but you do it anyway. A police officer pulls you over during your drive and soon the officer accuses you of drinking and driving. You are arrested for the offense, and they take you in to a police station for further testing.

After taking some official tests that will give a reading of your blood alcohol content, the printout of your BAC comes out of a printer. And that's when you take action: you eat the paper.

Which Rx drugs have been added to Oklahoma's drug trafficking laws?

The unfortunate reality is that prescription drug abuse has become a major problem across the nation, including right here in Oklahoma, as more and more people are seeking treatment, dying of overdoses or being arrested on drug-related charges.

According to health officials, there are two primary reasons for this phenomenon. First, the highly addictive nature of the drugs themselves, such that people unwittingly find themselves becoming addicted after initially taking the drugs for legitimate medical purposes.

Second, physicians may be overprescribing these addictive prescription drugs, making them that much easier to procure through legal or illegal channels. Indeed, statistics show that in an average year, physicians will write 128 prescriptions for painkillers for every 100 Oklahomans.

"We have far too many being pushed out legally into the supply, where then a person taking them legally can become addicted, or they can be diverted into the hands of someone who then becomes addicted or is already addicted," said the State Mental Health and Substance Abuse Commissioner.

'Internet crime' carries a very heavy connotation

The amazing technological strides we have made in the last two decades has changed the world forever. We can connect with anyone whenever we want; most, if not all, of human knowledge is just a few keystrokes away; and our ability to create and manage tremendous things online really is an incredible accomplishment when you think about it.

However, there is an unfortunate side to all of this. There are people out there who are so skilled with, and knowledgeable of, the internet and computers that they can use these elements as weapons. They can tap into bank accounts, steal personal information and generally wreak havoc online.

Interrogating teens is practically formulaic, and that's bad

What if -- and stay with us on this one -- you were an alien from another planet. For whatever reason, you're here on Earth and you look like a human. So as you wander aimlessly across this new world, you trespass on someone's property and you're arrested. The police take you in and start interrogating you, but of course you have no idea what's going on. You don't know you have rights. You don't even know what crime you've committed.

Is this a perfect comparison to teens or juveniles who are interrogated for crimes they commit? Well, no. It certainly screams of false equivalency. But the point we are trying to make is echoed by a recent study that found teenagers who were placed in an interrogation room had no clue what their rights were, or what they were even supposed to do while they were in there.

A criminal charge can ruin your life -- but it doesn't have to

It is one of the pillars of the criminal justice system: a person who is accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. However, as everyone is well aware, that isn't necessarily how every criminal case is perceived. In this era of instant news and constant connection, everyone has an opinion, and thoughts become shared so quickly. If someone is accused of committing a crime, there is a good chance that the public at large will label that person guilty, even though he or she is innocent until the prosecution proves its case.

We say all of this because when someone is accused of a crime, there is so much on the line. Their reputation is on the line; their financial future is on the line; their professional livelihood is on the line; and most other aspects of the individual's life are on the line.

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