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- What the Confrontation Clause Means Today
The Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution gives a defendant the right to confront his or her accuser. This includes any witnesses who speak out against him. The interpretation of this right has changed over time.
- Background Checks for Firearm Purchases
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, gun control laws and the prevalence of mass shootings made up an ongoing debate during the second decade of the 21st century. During recent years, there have been additional measurements put in place to help safeguard communities from mass murderers.
- Constitutional Rights and Carrying a Dirk or Dagger
When most people think of the right to bear arms, they think about guns. However, there are other weapons that may be used for self-defense, such as a dirk, dagger or knife. There may be laws that infringe on the general right to bear arms when it comes to these weapons as well as guns.
- Duty to Disclose
A prosecutor has the duty to disclose certain information to the defense. This helps aid the defendant in being able to lodge a proper defense.
- Evidentiary Privileges in Criminal Cases
Evidentiary privileges concern confidential communications, such as those between spouses or between a lawyer and his or her client. The United States Supreme Court has dealt with evidentiary privileges more than any other part of the Federal Rules of Evidence, indicating the importance that society has on these privileges.
- The History of Police Brutality, and What it Means for You
Police brutality in the United States has always been a huge problem, though it is more visible now that widespread ownership of handheld electronic devices gives ordinary people the unprecedented power to record instances of police using extreme force against the unarmed and the powerless.
- All About the Attorney Client Privilege
There are a number of privileges that criminal defendants have that protect certain communications. These privileges include clergy privilege, spousal privilege, doctor-patient privilege and the attorney-client privilege.
- When Is a Person Legally Insane?
The insanity defense is one of th emost controversial defenses. Additionally, it has one of the lowest success rates among all criminal defenses. Knowing about the insanity defense and when this defense may apply has the potential to help a criminal defendant who may be able to assert this defense.
- Religious Freedom Bill and LGBT Community
Congressional leaders are in heated arguments over a proposed bill that would protect religious freedom, but could also allow members of the LGBT community to suffer legal discrimination. The proposed bill titled, The First Amendment Defense Act, would prohibit anyone from bringing legal action against a person exercising their religious beliefs.
- Criminal Appeal Based on Unfair Trial
In the United States, all criminal defendants have the right to receive a fair trial. There are numerous constitutional safeguards in place to help protect these rights.