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- How Can You Reach Out to Help Stop Pit Bull Bans in Michigan
The people of Kingsford, Michigan need your help! I was recently contacted by an individual named Mark living in Kingsford who owns some type of pit bull mix. The city recently contacted him and ordered that a blood test be done on his dog to determine if the dog is a “pit bull.”
- What Is Unlawful Search and Seizure?
In the United States, the US Constitution's 4th Amendment provides protection for US citizens from unreasonable search and seizure.
- Self Defense and Stand Your Ground laws
The Trayvon Martin case in Florida has received national attention on the Stand Your Ground law and now many states that have the Stand Your Ground law in place are looking at their current legislation regarding the Stand Your Ground law. However, the Stand Your Ground law has a rational basis and dates years back. This is a discussion on investigating self defense cases under the Stand Your Ground statutes.
- The Historical Journey of the Spousal Privilege
Two Privileges Protecting the Husband-Wife Relationship: Confidential Communications and Refusal to Testify in Criminal Proceedings - As we pointed out in a 2008 post, there are two marital/spousal privileges in Texas: the confidential communication privilege as defined by Rule 504(a) and the privilege not to testify in a criminal trial as defined by Rule 504(b) of the Texas Rules of Evidence.
- Confidential and Private - Evidentiary Privileges in the American Legal System
Writing in the Pittsburgh Law Review, University of California Law Professor Edward J. Inwinkelried discussed in detail the history and legal parameters of evidentiary privileges. He opened his treatise with this observation: “From society’s perspective, the rules governing privileged communications, such as those between a client and his or her attorney are arguably the most important doctrines in evidence law.”
- Minnesota Civil Rights Law
This article is an overview of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The reader will learn about protected areas covered by this law and what actions are deemed unlawful. When the concept of civil rights is brought up, most people tend to think of broad, historical events like the civil rights movement, women's suffrage, and the Rodney King riots.
- Prosecutor Accused of Misconduct in Wrongful Conviction
The Brady Rule requires prosecutors to disclose any evidence they discover that is favorable to the defendant – but all too often, prosecutors fail to comply, citing their duty to zealously prosecute the alleged crime. In a criminal case, prosecutors have enormous resources available, including police investigators to conduct in-depth interviews and research, extensive databases, and facilities and staff to analyze evidence with sophisticated (but not infallible) laboratory testing and analysis.
- Maryland Lawyers Battle over Same Sex Divorce - Maryland Appeals Court Okays Same Sex Divorce
Maryland - May 18, 2012 - A new story recently emerged in the heated debate over gay marriage. Last week, Maryland's highest court held that courts in that state must apply divorce laws equally, and grant a divorce, for gay marriages that were legally formed in another state.
- Prisoners’ Rights - A Message from Your Atlanta Criminal Lawyer
If you are in prison or headed for prison, make sure you know your rights. Unfortunately, prison officials are sometimes abusive and may interfere with your rights as a human being and a citizen of the United States. If you feel that your rights have been violated, contact an Atlanta criminal lawyer or the Atlanta branch of the American Civil Liberties Union to help you get your rights addressed.
- Supreme Court: Warrant Required in GPS-tracking Case
In late January, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled to restrict law enforcement’s ability to use GPS tracking devices to follow the whereabouts of those suspected of crimes. The case represented an early test of the right-to-privacy in light of developing tracking technology.