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Not Guilty Plea Request Denied by Attorney, Death Row Inmate Fights Back

In Bossier City, Louisiana, a man that has maintained a claim of innocence has been put on death row for shooting and killing his mother, stepfather, and son of his separated wife in 2008.  The thing is, ever since he was detained and put on…
vermont marijuana
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US Attorneys Urged to Prosecute Against Marijuana, Vermont Commits to Legalization

As of January 4, 2018, federal prosecutors were ordered to assert power over state marijuana legalization laws and activities.  The command came through a simple memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions where he, according to a release from…
west virginia divorce and family law
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How Do You Calculate Colorado Child Support?

In every Colorado divorce or paternity case involving children, the Colorado family law court steps in to determine whether one parent owes the other child support to assist in the financial expenses associated with child-rearing. Between themselves,…
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What are the Colorado Marijuana Laws and DUI Penalties?

In 2012, Colorado successfully passed a popular initiative to amend the Constitution of the State of Colorado, outlining a statewide drug policy for cannabis. How do the Colorado marijuana laws effect DUIs, and what are the penalties for being…
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A Right Without a Remedy: The New Mexico Correctional Facility Tragedy

What is “qualified immunity”? Among many definitions, its most timely must be: the law which could provide legal protection for twenty-three New Mexico State prison workers accused of repeated abuse against six of their female colleagues.…
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Damaged in Shipment: The Bankable Business of Human Smuggling

The Manus Regional Processing Center at Lombrum Naval Base, an offshore detention complex formerly administered by private contractors, housed more than 600 asylum-seekers. Last Thursday--November 2nd, 2017--the camp was shut down. With its…
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What is the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program?

Under the motto e pluribus unum (from many, one), U.S. presidents frequently remind Americans that they share the immigrant experience of starting fresh in the land of opportunity. Yet, as migration demographic concentrations faced noticeable…
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Court Ruling Divides Union Workers in Iowa Collective Bargaining Case

Scrutiny of Iowa’s revamped collective bargaining laws were rejected in a recent hearing where a Polk County judge upheld the laws’ constitutionality. The laws’ greatest protesters included the 40,000 union members representing Iowan…
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Illinois Strikes Time Limits to Criminally Prosecute Sexual Abuse of Minors

In August 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into the law SB 189, an amendment to the criminal code regarding sexual abuse of minors. The new law allows for prosecution of sexual abuse of children at any time, basically completely eradicating…
iowa collective bargaining
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What are Consumer Protection Laws?

Consumer protection laws are federal and state statutes that regulate seller and lender practices concerning consumer goods. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are federal agencies that handle product…
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What Traffic Law Violations Cause Wrecks?

Vehicle safety regulations exist largely to minimize the number of auto accidents and improve the efficiency at which traffic moves. Disobeying a traffic law can often put other vehicle occupants and pedestrians at risk for injury in a traffic…
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Is Florida Deporting Undocumented Immigrants Who File Workers Comp?

Generally, all injured workers whose employer has workers' compensation or is required by the state to have workers' comp insurance have the right to file a claim after being hurt on the job. All states allow this, as the states know that whether…
illinois family law
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Illinois Revamps Child Support Calculations

New child support calculations will be implemented on July 1, 2017. Prior to this overhaul of the calculations, child support was generally determined based upon the payor's income and number of children. For example, a person who was obligated…
virginia car accidents
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Were You Hurt in a Traffic Accident?

Traffic accidents happen regularly, and they often result in significant damage and injuries. In most states, the person at fault for a traffic accident is the one found negligent, and that person or the insurance company (who is not a party…
utah estate planning
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Need an Attorney for Tax Law?

In the United States, tax laws are difficult to comprehend without a professional at your side. A number of lawyers are also CPAs, and other types of attorneys focus on tax litigation. Different regulations dictate when the government can…
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Can I Receive Social Security Disability?

Social Security provides financial assistance for those with disabilities. People in these situations can apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Those who apply for and successfully receive Social Security…
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What Can a Lawyer Do for My Small Business?

Starting a small business can be a daunting but ultimately rewarding challenge. Small business owners face a number of complicated laws that a business lawyer can help them understand. Business lawyers train themselves to understand all the…
oklahoma estate planning
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What Should I Know About Retirement Planning?

Preparing for retirement can be a complex process, but fortunately lawyers can ensure that those considering retirement have legally sound, effective retirement plans. Attorneys who specialize in elder law, estate planning law or probate law…