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Powdered Alcohol Approved by Federal Government

On April 8th, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved a powdered version of alcohol called Palcohol for sale. You can read more about how the substance is made and works at WFTV, or at the BevLaw blog. Instructions have also popped up recently for how to make your own powdered alcohol. To be clear, the only way to have pure unadulterated alcohol in a powder form would be to have in a solid state, meaning it would need to be frozen at a temperature of approximately-173.2 degree Fahrenheit. Eating or "drinking" anything at this temperature would destroy your mouth and stomach. Powdered alcohol isn't really dry or solid alcohol, but is rather a modified modified starch, a maltodextrin made from tapioca. Liquid alcohol is mixed in with the powder and-- because of the molecular structure of the powder-- the powder absorbs alcohol well and still retains a powdery appearance. Keep in mind that any high concentration of alcohol raises concerns about flammability. While many beers hover around 5% alcohol content, you've likely seen high-proof spirits used to light desserts on fire at fancy restaurants. Powder alcohol is very flammable and should not be used around cigarettes or other open flames. There are no details yet as to how this relatively new form of powder alcohol will interact with Oregon's DUI statutes concerning "intoxicating liquor."    

By | April 21st, 2014|Categories: Criminal Defense, DUI|Tags: , |0 Comments

Oregon Man Arrested For DUII… Wearing the Wrong Shirt

Gawker and The Smoking Gun report that on Sunday March 30th, 2014, in Corvallis Oregon, Ross McMakin, 21, was arrested and accused of drunk driving, reckless endangerment, harassment, and strangulation. Unfortunately for him, his mugshot shows a T-shirt that reads, "Drunk As Shit."      

By | April 7th, 2014|Categories: Criminal Defense, DUI|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Record Exonerations in 2013

A report released February 2014 by the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, shows that there were a record number of exoneration nationwide. The number of reported exonerations of people who were wrongfully convicted of a crime they did not commit-- and who served prison time-- rose to 87 in 2013. The previous record was 83 in 2009. Samuel Gross, editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, notes that while the number may seem small, "The great majority of people who are innocently convicted are never exonerated because they are never discovered." More on the report can be read at Here & Now.    

By | March 12th, 2014|Categories: Criminal Defense|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments