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NeJame the Man

So, the previous post (done some time ago) was about the Trayvon Martin case. It contained some tweaked facts that allowed us to illustrate the failings of the stand your ground law. Today, a solid topic for discussion is an op-ed currently on CNN.com by Mark NeJame. NeJame, you’ll all remember is the fellow that caused … Continue reading

Never Back Down

A little while ago we broached the topic of self/home defense with one of our Everyday Legal Terms posts. In that post, we discussed how the Castle Doctrine may or may not require you to try to escape a potentially life-threatening situation before you can use deadly force. We also got a little bit into … Continue reading

Clash of the (Social Media) Titans

And here it is. The first time two wholly internet based (social) media companies go head to head in litigation… Kind of. There are many industries and subsets of industries that exist out in the world. One of the newest is social media having seen its development in earnest within the last decade or so. … Continue reading

Two Steps Back

This post is not about abortion. It is not about whether using birth control is right. It is not about the fact that God would prefer that your seed land in the belly of a Snooki,  Paris (or Nikki) Hilton, or Kardashian sister than fall on the ground (or in a tissue). It has nothing … Continue reading

Everyday Legal Terms: Castle Doctrine

Despite a few rulings and opinions saying that it might be prudent for Congress and state legislatures to regulate things like gun ownership, and even okaying limitations being placed on free speech, people almost always have a virulent negative reaction when they feel the Bill of Rights is being limited in any way. Especially the Second Amendment. Such was the case … Continue reading

Superdonors

Here they come. They are full of very passionate people with very passionate wallets who don’t even notice that they are suddenly out $14 million. Likely by now we have all heard of them. They are a scourge of the legal world. Political commentators speak of them with a good deal of contempt and even … Continue reading

Why Do States Allow The Unemployed To Be Punished By Banks?

It has been pointed out recently, that the major banks that are administering several states’ unemployment programs have been charging people receiving those benefits numerous, and (shocker) poorly disclosed, fees for the use of a debit card. We touched on this topic a little while ago in a post about the misconceptions surrounding TANF and other welfare programs, but … Continue reading

But What Am I Going To Tell My Children?

    Surely by now everyone has heard that Proposition 8, the proposed amendment to the California state constitution that defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman only, has been overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.   The wording of the decision, somewhat unsurprisingly has pleased no one.   … Continue reading

“Legal Twilight Zone”

The thought of somehow making your girlfriend into your “daughter” is a little bit creepy. Even more so when you are a mere six years older than her. However, that is exactly what happened when the awesomely named, albeit scummy, John Goodman, 48, adopted his longtime partner Heather Hutchins, 42. Critics of the move say … Continue reading

ZUI

Quick post here on a news story that I found over at Yahoo!’s Puck Daddy Blog, which they found at KDSK.com. It appears that a man, Joel Bruss, was arrested Monday night for driving a Zamboni under the influence, or ZUI. Back in October, we did a post about the elements of DUI and we … Continue reading

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