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‘Keep it Indie-Catur’ with Terrific Thursdays This Holiday Season

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be overwhelming. With so many events to attend and loved ones to shop for, wouldn’t it be great if you could do both at the same time? Here in downtown Decatur, you can do just that. Every Thursday in November and December, over 20 small businesses come together to participate in Terrific Thursdays. On these Thursdays, restaurants and shops will feature special Read More

Why We Love the Decatur BBQ, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival

At Pak and McRae Law, LLC, we love the big-time Atlanta food and music celebrations. To us, though, there is nothing like the annual Decatur Barbecue, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival. We look forward to the music, the food, and the fun all year long. What’s more, it’s just around the corner, with Aug. 15 quickly approaching! Held in Downtown Decatur, this is the best place to find good southern BBQ food, soulful Read More

The Importance of Corroborating DNA Evidence

On May 14, firefighters and police discovered a grisly scene when they responded to a house fire in an upscale neighborhood in a Washington, D.C. suburb. Inside the large brick home were four bodies showing signs of being bound, tortured and killed by blunt force trauma. The victims were identified as Mr. and Mrs. Savopolous, their 10 year old son, and their housekeeper. Mr. Savopolous is the CEO and President of Read More

Deflate Gate Part II

Who has forgotten the infamous deflate gate scandal that arose back in January, so named when it was discovered that the game balls used by the New England Patriots during the first half of the AFC Championship game with the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated, raising the possibility that they were purposely deflated in order to please quarterback Tom Brady’s known preference for a softer football. (See previous Read More

The Accused Fight Back

In the past several years, public awareness about the problem of sexual assault and misconduct on college campuses has grown (see previous blogs on this subject). The handling of sexual assault claims by schools across the country has been under scrutiny, with many schools changing their policies and procedures to deal more aggressively with those accused of any sexual misconduct. In their haste to protect victims of Read More

Baltimore Burning

On April 12, 2015, police officers in Baltimore, Maryland arrested Freddie Gray; on that same day he sustained a catastrophic injury and fell into a coma. One week later, on April 19, 2015, he died from that injury. Protests began on the streets of Baltimore, and escalated into violent riots. A night of arson, looting and destruction ended in over 200 arrests, and many officers injured. The National Guard and State Read More

The Reason Walter Scott Ran?

The tragic murder of South Carolina resident Walter Scott by Police Officer Michael Slager has an underlying story with broader implications. While Officer Slager initially pulled Scott over for a minor traffic violation, his family believes that Scott took off running and initiated the pursuit leading to his death over fear of an outstanding warrant. The warrant had been issued for failure to appear at a court Read More

Georgia Legalizes Medical Marijuana

HALEIGH’S HOPE ACT On April 16, 2015, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill legalizing low-THC cannabis oil to treat specific medical conditions, including epilepsy, end-stage ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and cancer. THC is the primary psychoactive substance in marijuana, and is the chemical that makes people feel “high.” In addition to legalizing medical marijuana the bill promises to create Read More

The Verdict is in: Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty

A 10 week trial, 135 witnesses, over 400 exhibits entered into evidence and 7 days of jury deliberation came to a dramatic conclusion on April 15, 2015, when former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of the first-degree murder “by reason of atrocity or cruelty” of Odin Llyod. Hernandez was also convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. Pursuant to Massachusetts law, Read More

Rolling Stone’s UVA Article: Avoidable Journalistic Failure?

In the first week of April, Rolling Stone formally retracted its infamous story about “Jackie,” an undergraduate at the University of Virginia who alleged that she had been brutally raped by members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity while at a party in their house. The story was originally published in November 2014, and almost immediately came under fire for inconsistencies. Fact-checkers from the Washington Post Read More