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Goodbye 2016! Top Legal Stories in Review

2016 was a whopper, and not just because of all the famous people who died or Mariah Carey’s *amazing* New Year’s Eve performance. It was a big year in legal news, too, and here were the top stories. In January 2016, Joaquín Guzmán (EL CHAPO), widely regarded as the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, was recaptured following his escape from a Mexican maximum security prison. In October,......
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Coming in 2017….California’s New Laws

2017 is coming! If you don’t want to be jailed or fined, read up on these new laws brought to you by the California Legislature. WAGES The statewide minimum wage goes from $10 to $10.50 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Under Assembly Bill 1676, an employer can’t pay a woman less than her male colleagues because of her prior salary. CARS......
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Assassination Threats Against the President: What Lands You in Prison?

According to the NY Post, comments on social media about assassinating President-Elect Trump soared immediately after the election. While the Secret Service investigates all social media postings containing credible threats, it distinguishes between someone saying they’re planning to kill the president and suggesting that someone else should attempt an assassination. Generally, indirect threats are not prosecuted. What Constitutes An Illegal Assassination Threat Against the President?......
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Students Still Aren’t Going to Law School, But Will Robots Replace Them Anyways?

 Students Are Still Avoiding Law School The number of law school student admissions is the same now as it was in 1973, even though there were fewer law schools back then. The numbers have been dropping since 2010, triggered by the Great Recession. Enrollment numbers have dropped 21 percent at private law schools in the past five years and 18 percent at public law schools. Even......
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True or False: Overturning Roe v. Wade Would Criminalize Abortion Nationwide

This is false! Many people mistakenly believe that if the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade were overturned that abortion would become a crime in every state. Abortion would actually remain legal in states that have no existing laws criminalizing it. What is Roe v. Wade? In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 7-2 majority, ruled that a right to privacy under the Due......
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16 Holiday-Themed Lawsuits Even a Grinch Would Hate

To you the holidays may seem like a time of gift-giving, over-eating, self-reflection, and hope. However, not everyone feels that way. In fact, some people see the holidays as an opportunity to grinch out, particularly in the courts system. From anger over Christmas displays to ugly Hanukkah sweaters, the litigious are out in full force. Putting it all in perspective, we’ve compiled the 16 Holiday-Themed......
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“Serves At the Pleasure of the President” … Can Congress Block Trump’s Cabinet Appointments?

There are some 4,000 political appointments for the incoming administration to fill. Of those, about a quarter require Senate confirmation through a simple majority vote of the Senate. As of the writing of this post, President-Elect Trump has officially announced just one Cabinet officer – Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Here’s a list of the other candidates being considered for the Cabinet. Which Executive......
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California Just Legalized Recreational Marijuana, But Don’t Smoke Up Yet….

On November 8, 2016, Californians voted 56.2% Yes to Prop 64 to legalize recreational marijuana use! This wasn’t decriminalization, but legalization. What’s the difference? Decriminalization is a loosening of criminal penalties imposed for personal marijuana use even though the manufacturing and sale of the substance remain illegal. Legalization, on the other hand, is the abolishment of laws banning the possession and personal use of marijuana.......
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Early Voting Laws: How Millions of Americans Have Already Voted

More than 40 million estimated votes have already been cast already across 38 states with early voting. Although early ballots are not actually counted until Election Day, various data companies analyze voter lists and try to connect returned ballots with demographic and registration information, such as party registration. Their findings indicate who is voting and which party is turning out to vote. According to CNN’s......
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Halloween Edition: Legal Duties When Selling “Murder Houses”

In 1974, a gruesome mass murder claimed every family member, except one, at the house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville in Long Island, New York. Ronald J. DeFeo Jr. The 23-year-old killer, was convicted of shooting and killing his parents and four siblings and was given six sentences of 25 years to life. It inspired a best-selling book and two “The Amityville Horror” films.......
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