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DNA Testing in Criminal Justice: Background, Current Law, Grants, and Issues

DNA Testing in Criminal Justice: Background, Current Law, Grants, and Issues

Date: May 2, 2011
Creator: James, Nathan
Description: This report provides an overview of how DNA is used to investigate crimes and help protect the innocent. It also reviews current statutory law on collecting DNA samples, sharing DNA profiles generated from those samples, and providing access to post-conviction DNA testing. The report also includes a summary of grant programs authorized by Congress to assist state and local governments with reducing DNA backlogs, provide post-conviction DNA testing, and promote new technology in the field. It also reviews select issues Congress might consider should it legislate or conduct oversight in this area.
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Climate Change: Comparison of S. 2191 as Reported (now S. 3036) with Proposed Boxer Amendment

Climate Change: Comparison of S. 2191 as Reported (now S. 3036) with Proposed Boxer Amendment

Date: May 30, 2008
Creator: Yacobucci, Brent D. & Parker, Larry
Description: This report discusses S. 2191 (the Lieberman-Warner CLimate Security Act of 2008), which was reintroduced as S. 3036 with a deficit reduction amendment. In particular, it provides a comparison of five key differences between the bill and the proposed Boxer Amendment.
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The Federal Grand Jury

The Federal Grand Jury

Date: May 7, 2015
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: This report discusses the federal grand jury, which exists to investigate crimes against the United States and to secure the constitutional right of grand jury indictment.
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Border Searches of Laptop Computers and Other Electronic Storage Devices

Border Searches of Laptop Computers and Other Electronic Storage Devices

Date: July 28, 2009
Creator: Kim, Yule
Description: This report discusses a developing issue in the law of search and seizure: whether the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution permits warrantless searches of the content of laptop computers and other electronic storage devices at U.S. borders. The federal courts that have addressed this issue have held that the border search exception to the Fourth Amendment applies to these searches, making warrantless searches permissible.
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Oil and Natural Gas Industry Tax Issues in the FY2014 Budget Proposal

Oil and Natural Gas Industry Tax Issues in the FY2014 Budget Proposal

Date: October 30, 2013
Creator: Pirog, Robert
Description: This report discusses the FY2014 budget proposal that outlines a set of proposals, framed as the termination of tax preferences, that would potentially increase the taxes paid by the oil and natural gas industries, especially those of the independent producers.
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Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences: The Safety Valve and Substantial Assistance Exceptions

Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences: The Safety Valve and Substantial Assistance Exceptions

Date: October 21, 2013
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: This report discusses the federal law that requires a sentencing judge to impose a minimum sentence of imprisonment following conviction for any of a number of federal offenses.
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Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Federal Aggravated Identity Theft

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Federal Aggravated Identity Theft

Date: October 22, 2013
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: This report discusses the aggravated identity theft, which is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment for two years or by imprisonment for five years if it relates to a terrorism offense.
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Unconventional Gas Shales: Development, Technology, and Policy Issues

Unconventional Gas Shales: Development, Technology, and Policy Issues

Date: October 30, 2009
Creator: Andrews, Anthony; Folger, Peter; Humphries, Marc; Copeland, Claudia; Tiemann, Mary; Meltz, Robert et al.
Description: This report discusses the Barnett and Marcellus Shale formations, which serve to illustrate the technical and policy issues that are most likely common to developing all gas shales.
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"Regulatory Relief" for Banking: Selected Legislation in the 114th Congress

"Regulatory Relief" for Banking: Selected Legislation in the 114th Congress

Date: May 14, 2015
Creator: Hoskins, Sean M.; Labonte, Marc; Murphy, Edward V. & Shorter, Gary
Description: This report discusses regulatory relief legislation for banks in the 114th Congress that, at the time this report was published, has seen floor action or has been ordered to be reported by a committee.
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Border Searches of Laptop Computers and Other Electronic Storage Devices

Border Searches of Laptop Computers and Other Electronic Storage Devices

Date: November 17, 2008
Creator: Kim, Yule & Henning, Anna C.
Description: This report discusses a developing issue in the law of search and seizure: whether the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution permits warrantless searches of the content of laptop computers and other electronic storage devices at U.S. borders. The federal courts that have addressed this issue have held that the border search exception to the Fourth Amendment applies to these searches, making warrantless searches permissible.
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