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One Conjugal Visit

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

How long would your relationship last without a kiss or more than a kiss? In America, only three states allow prisoners and their spouses or domestic partners to have extended family visits, also known as conjugal visits or on the inside, “booty calls." It's a place and time where couples can have privacy and they can have legally sanctioned sex. This is the story of one couple and the 48-hour conjugal visit they share once a month inside San Quentin State Prison.

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Fair Share

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The producers at Life of the Law teamed up with the producers at the podcast Destination DIY to take a look at the legal grey area occupied by the sharing economy. How are cities grappling with these increasingly popular, disruptive, peer-to-peer business models?

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Living With Wolves

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Returning wolves to the West has tested the legal system’s tolerance for restoring wild animals to places not entirely wild. ­The Endangered Species Act is at the center of a debate that will determine how that rugged landscape will look in the future and whether it includes humans and wolves.

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In The Name Of The Father

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Scottsboro Boys are infamous — nine black teenagers falsely accused and convicted of raping two white women. Last year, the state of Alabama finally exonerated all nine. But what does a pardon means 82 years after the fact? And what does forgiveness look like after so many years? Story by Producer Ashley Cleek

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Who Owns That Joke?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Comedian Carlos Mencia is notorious for stealing other comics’ jokes. But he’s never been sued—in fact, there are almost no lawsuits in comedy. On this episode of Life of the Law, what the law means to comics, and what they do when it can’t help them.

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Abuse, Abduction and International Law

Monday, September 08, 2014

What happens when one parent takes a child across international borders without the other parent’s permission? In 1980, the United States and international partners created a treaty that lays out the rules for what federal officials are supposed to do ...

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Two Sides of a River

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sometimes what’s considered as socially acceptable behavior can also be technically unlawful. Reporter Jason Albert follows one city as it grapples with how to enforce laws in a public park without unnecessarily restricting public use.

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One Reporter on California’s Death Row

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What do we really know about death row in California? When we don’t know we create, we imagine.

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