The Constitution of the United States is only 4543 words—7762 if you count the Amendments—and originally fit on just four large sheets of paper. But it packs a wallop. Not only is it the oldest written national constitution in the world, it's arguably the most influential in the world, too.
Granted, this is an opinion piece, but Steven Parton brings up an excellent point: Why are lawyers persuading judges about ethical issues surrounding technology instead of the people who actually understand the underlying beast?
Monday, Sep 17th 2018 (9:05am)
Three kayaktivists who oppose construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline - the tail end of Energy Transfer Partner's Dakota Access Pipeline - are reportedly the first people to be charged with felonies under a new Louisiana law that, like a model bill crafted by the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), criminalizes peaceful protests of fossil fuel projects.
Monday, Aug 13th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: softest voice
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Notably the states that allow parents to use religion as a mean to deny their children live saving treatment?
All states have laws prohibiting child abuse and neglect. But in 34 states (as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico), there are exemptions in the civil child abuse statutes when medical treatment for a child conflicts with the religious beliefs of parents, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Sunday, Apr 29th 2018 (2:51pm) | Thanks: kRYS
The House of Representatives is about to vote on a bill that would force online platforms to censor their users. The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865) might sound noble, but it would do nothing to stop sex traffickers. What it would do is force online platforms to police their users’ speech more forcefully than ever before, silencing legitimate voices in the process.
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There is an interesting case out of Michigan where the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that a man can be charged with driving while intoxicated on his own private driveway. The case against Gino Rea of Northville was reinstated in this decision after the court found that the law encompasses any area accessible to motor vehicles, even if it is on private property.
Rea was arrested after a police officer responded to a noise complaint in 2014 and saw Rea start to back his car down the driveway. Rea however saw the police car and pulled back into his garage. Later police determined that his blood alcohol was three times the legal limit.
Sunday, Aug 6th 2017 (12:01am)
After decades of inactivity, the US Supreme Court in 2008 began a major reexamination of the scope of the right to keep and bear arms, an issue that has long ignited passionate debate and prompted powerful political lobbying.
How well do you understand this constitutional evolution? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.
Friday, Apr 14th 2017 (11:53am)
If you have ever doubted the importance of the humble Oxford comma, let this supremely persnickety Maine labor dispute set you straight.
Thursday, Mar 16th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: jaidubs
Because space is an area without defined boundaries, there are many questions about legal jurisdiction on spacecraft orbiting Earth and other celestial bodies. Space-faring nations have agreed to a variety of policies and treaties that concern activities in space exploration.
Maritime law governs maritime questions and offenses. It's a body of both domestic law governing maritime activities, and private international law governing the relationships between private entities that operate vessels on the oceans.
It deals with matters including marine commerce, marine navigation, marine salvaging, shipping, sailors, and the transportation of passengers and goods by sea. Maritime law can be confusing, but interesting.
You wouldn't think that an author can posthumously write a book, would you? Of course not, but it did place into motion the copyright laws of this country and the modern evolution of public domain works.
Thursday, Mar 17th 2016 (5:13am)
We're all familiar with the term potluck; very few however are aware that it's illegal to have one outside the workplace in Arizona. "Who cares? So is marijuana," said Roger Farris, who lives at Golden Acres Mobile Home Park. He gave us the grand tour of the area where potlucks are thrown quite regularly. "I've never lost one person in here on a potluck," Farris said.
Monday, Feb 8th 2016 (12:01am)
Our friends in Texas seem to place the Bible high on the priority list when inflicting punishment. I wonder if the judge would order this sentence if the accused was not Christian.
Sunday, Aug 9th 2015 (3:35am)
A man arrested on a trespassing charge probably didn't make a good first impression on a judge when he greeted him with a profane remark.
"How you doin' a--hole?" David Riffle asked Broward County Judge John Hurley in bond court Wednesday morning.
Saturday, May 16th 2015 (6:27am)
This is not what you think it is. This has nothing to do with Michael Brown, Eric Garner, or Tamir Rice. Though a 2004 tragedy in Kenosha, WI meant a father had lost his son, the story turns out to be a very good read.
Friday, Dec 5th 2014 (12:00am)
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