Jurispundit

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200. Go Straight to Jail.

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Admit it – we all have some debt rolling around in our lives. Some of us have more than others to be sure. But if you have a house, a car, an education, a couple of credit card or kids, then, chances are, you’ve borrowed some money and have to make some monthly payments. In this day and age, having just a small amount of debt is actually a badge of honor. Most people (at least the ones I happen to encounter) are either on the edge of their debt consuming them, or they have already been consumed. ... read more

The GOP Plays the Trump Card

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In this, the last quarter of 2015, I’m not terribly proud to identify as a Republican. We have a front-running presidential candidate who is a horror show and car wreck waiting to happen. And when it does happen, there are no other viable candidates to step in and take his place. We have a county clerk that’s refusing (for what appears to be little more than a publicity stunt) to follow the law of the land and has cheapened her office as a result. Finally, we have what may be blossoming into ... read more

I’ll Take the Nickel

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“I’m not talking to you. I know my rights.” I can’t tell you how many times I hear that (Hundreds if you count my son.) However, the application of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution is a bit more selective than a one-size fits all solution; much more selective than the writers of television shows and movies would have you believe. There is one interesting nexus of “Taking the Fifth”, which I’ll get to later on. But, for our purposes, you’re right to remain silent ... read more

Randomness

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This week (or month, or every other week or whatever), I’m going to try something new. Frankly, my brain is tired, and I just want to get some quick takes down for your (read: Brenda’s) entertainment. All set? Here we go. There seems to be an awful lot of shark attacks off the coast this year – seven in North Carolina alone! Plus, the amount of media coverage these are getting reminds me of the Summer before 9/11. We’re just one missing intern away from some very bad déjà vu. First Cuba, ... read more

Government Malfeasance?

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Over the past few years, we've seen data breaches on an increasingly large scale. First it was a bank with tens of thousands of names and personal information in the hands of the black hats. Then, hundreds of thousands of people had their department store credit card information seized by hackers. Now, it would appear that the federal government, and its millions and millions of employees have been compromised. Things go from bad to totally apocalyptic. With the banks and the department stores, ... read more

You’ve a lot to Answer for, Schoolhouse Rock!

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Tragically, I took history, government, social studies and civics in the eighties and nineties. Back in those days, we learned about the three branches of government - executive, legislative and judiciary (these were the big three that the Constitution set forth). I really thought I had this info down cold - so much so that I got fancy and studied other countries' governmental systems. Once I "conquered" that particular intellectual realm, I went to law school to put a finer point on my governmental ... read more

Trial By Media

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A few columns ago, I wrote about my interest in a pod cast called Serial. For those of you that don't know, it examines a murder trial that occurred right down the road in Baltimore. Taking bits and pieces of the defendant's testimony and public records, the host tried to objectively (I guess that's what you'd call it, even though some would call it subjective) see whether the defendant received a fair trial, and, if possible, attempt to get him an appeal. Whether or not the show was successful ... read more

Wacky Weed and DC

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A storm came to the District of Columbia at the end of March. No, it wasn't a snowstorm or polar vortex or tsunami; rather it was a storm about legalized marijuana. Yep, Mary Jane, Pot, mari juanna, whatever you call it, at the end of March it's legal in our nation's capital. While it's true that, for the most part, possession of a small amount of wacky tobacky isn't going to be prosecuted, legalizing the sale of the drug will be a whole new ballgame. Problem is, even though the District of Columbia ... read more

To Cloud or Not to Cloud

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A while back, I wrote about potential legal issues stemming from cloud storage. For those of you that are still unsure of what it all means, cloud computing refers to information that you can access on your computer, but that is also stored on random servers throughout the world. Since that column was published, Apple and Amazon have introduced cloud services for their products and there are a number of different programs you can use to store documents on the Internet and access same through different ... read more

Freedom – Short and Sweet

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If you don't count bankruptcies, I'm not in Federal Court very often. But currently, I have a case that requires me to go to the federal courthouse in Greenbelt. It's a pretty big complex, set off of the road a ways. Recently, I had to file a document there and, on my way out of the place, I noticed a federal marshal just patrolling the grounds. Maybe it was because I had already been to two other courthouses that day and was attuned to all manner of security procedures that I noticed. But the thought ... read more