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Judge Frank Caprio knows that his job isn’t just about upholding the law, but about being fair and just when examining one’s circumstances.

Even when drivers are in the wrong and violate the rules of the road, he takes into consideration the fact that we are all human, and that we all make mistakes!

Drivers who end up in his courtroom don’t always experience their desired outcome, but many have known his kindness.

This time, as seen on Caught in Providence, a mom shows up in court with her two daughters because she failed to pay a $100 parking ticket and the subsequent fines.

When she stands before Judge Caprio, she tries defending her decision to park on the sidewalk, but he’s more interested in her 6-year-old daughter, who he even calls her up to the bench, asking her questions about herself and what she wants to be when she’s older.

The most surprising moment during the trial comes when the little girl tells him that she’s hungry after spending the morning in court, Judge Caprio makes a deal with the mom to buy her daughter breakfast and he dismisses them. littlethings.com
France’s newly-appointed interior minister has said that personal cannabis possession may no longer be prosecuted from as soon as September, although this change may be accompanied by unprecedented strict rules on people with convictions for selling drugs.

Gérard Collomb, the Minister of the Interior, said that new rules are set to be implemented under which someone found in possession of cannabis will be given a ticket and required to pay a fine, instead of being prosecuted or imprisoned.

The plans, which he revealed during an interview with French news channel BFMTV on 24 May, could be in place "within three to four months", he said.

Emmanuel Macron, who was inaugurated as president on 14 May, has previously indicated that a fine for cannabis possession would be up to €100 (£86/$111).

Prior to his successful election, Macron said that the “regime of contraventions would be sufficient to sanction [cannabis use]”, described cannabis prohibition as “[posing] a security problem”, and described the legal regulation of the drug as potentially "efficient". talkingdrugs.org
The FBI's criminal probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is increasingly touching on the multiple roles of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on both the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team.

Points of focus that pertain to Kushner include: the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to US officials briefed on the probe.

There is no indication Kushner is currently a target of the probe and there are no allegations he committed any wrongdoing.

It's not clear if the FBI plans to talk to Kushner, but investigators believe he would be able to help provide information to assist the probe.  cnn.com
Quebec's private, tight regulatory framework will be responsible for the sale of retail cannabis retail come its legalization in July 2018.

Chaired by the Minister for Public Health Lucie Charlebois, the group is has eliminated the hypothesis of entrusting the sale of recreational cannabis to convenience stores. 

Finance Minister Carlos Leitão has argued selling marijuana at the current network of pharmacies would be strange, or even "unnatural" as they can not a product harmful to health.

The private sector could nevertheless operate in parallel with a public network, kept out of grocery stores, video lottery terminals, bars, and gaming rooms, under the responsibility of Loto-Québec.  lapresse.ca
President Trump's controversial travel ban will be kept on hold, a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals maintaining a nationwide preliminary injunction while blocking the executive order from being enforced.

Hearing arguments over the ban earlier this month, a 13-judge panel determines the travel ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination."

The judges "remain unconvinced" that the second executive order, which omitted references to religion and explicitly exempted green card holders, had "more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the President's promised Muslim ban."

"While the president has broad power over immigration," Chief Judge Roger Gregory wrote on behalf of the majority, "that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked."  npr.org
One official told the Post that the line of questioning from the White House amounted to, “Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?”

This is a significant scoop for at least two reasons.

First, it adds to what we already know about a possible pattern of justice obstruction aimed at interfering with the FBI’s Russia investigation.

Second, it suggests that Trump—who pressured Comey to go easy on Flynn in a private meeting at the White House—wasn’t the only member of his administration who took concrete steps to try and quash the Flynn probe.

What’s strange is that the Post buried this news in the 13th paragraph of its story, choosing instead to focus on something else.

To be sure, the “something else” was also hugely important: According to the Post’s sources, Trump asked his director of national intelligence and the head of the National Security Agency to “publicly deny” that his campaign had colluded with the Russian government.  slate.com
The Law Society of NSW, the peak representative body for solicitors, this year released a report on the future of the legal profession that identified the need for future law graduates to be equipped with technological and business skills to meet changing employer demands.

The report follows stark findings that only 74.1 per cent of law undergraduates looking for full-time employment were successful in finding jobs in 2015, compared with 88.4 per cent of graduates in 2005, according to a report by Graduate Careers Australia.

Law Society president Pauline Wright said law graduates without additional skills in other areas risk getting left behind. smh.com.au
Texas governor Greg Abbott will sign in the next few days a bill that would shield ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft from bruising battles over fingerprint background checks that led them to leave some of the state's most important markets.

Lawmakers last week approved the legislation known as House Bill 100 that sets up statewide regulations for the companies.

More than 40 states have set up statewide regulatory systems for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft that can be used to override local regulations in most places, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"There is definitely a national, coordinated push from the industry to enact regulations for this type of transportation at the state rather than city level," said Lara Cottingham, deputy assistant director of administration and regulatory affairs for Houston, which opposed the state bill because it could supersede city regulations.  reuters.com
In a vote of 271-143, the House approved legislation that makes killing a state or local police officer an aggravating factor juries and judges will consider in death penalty cases.

Bill supporters highlight its message of accountability, a universal standard to the murder of state and local law enforcement as well as first responders.

Lawmakers and civil rights groups claim the legislation ignores racial biases in the imposition of the death penalty, called the legislation "duplicative" since the killing of an officer will likely meet one of the other 16 aggravating factors that federal juries already consider in death penalty cases. foxnews.com
New state laws criminalising the sharing or recording of intimate images or videos without consent are expected to work alongside federal powers to direct internet hosts and others to delete those images or videos, the NSW government says.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman will introduce laws into Parliament this week aimed aimed at "manipulative creeps and domestic violence offenders" who distribute images to harm and humiliate.

"Whether it be spurned lovers, domestic violence offenders or pornographers, people are humiliating, coercing and embarrassing those who provided private images, perhaps consensually to start with, but not consenting to their dissemination around the world," Mr Speakman said.

"The impact on victims has been enormous," he said.

The Crimes Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2017 follows an agreement last week by federal and state governments about principles for national legislation around so-called revenge porn and image manipulation. smh.com.au