Archive | July, 2012

SOME YOUNG MURDERERS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled recently ruled that judges cannot impose mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole on some juveniles convicted of homicide. This has been a very controversial subject over the years. It has [...]

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THE WEST METRO REGIONAL DRUG ENFORCEMENT OFFICE

From what I have been told, little is known about the tremendous effort exerted by law enforcement officers who are seeking to eradicate the marketing, trafficking, and distribution of illegal drugs that flow in and out of the State of Georgia. Over [...]

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UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT EXPANDS THE 6TH AMENDMENT

From a criminal procedure standpoint, one of the most important aspects of the 6th Amendment is the right to counsel. Case law over the years has consistently held that counsel must be effective during criminal trials in order for convictions of def [...]

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TURKEY HUNTING AND THE PRACTICE OF LAW

At the end of May each year, I seem to get a little depressed for a couple of weeks. This is probably because turkey season in Georgia usually ends on May 15 and the woods have become hot and uncomfortable to navigate. From late April until t [...]

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THE CAPITAL TRIAL OF JESUS CHRIST

Around 2000 years ago in the Roman province of Judea, a death penalty trial took place that entirely changed the world. During the Passover celebration, Jews gathered by the thousands in the ancient city of Jerusalem. During this festival, Jesus of [...]

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SHOULD YOU TAKE THE STATE’S ADMINISTERED TEST IN DUI INVESTIGATIONS?

I will first point out that there is a very simple rule that if followed can avoid 100% of DUI alcohol related arrests. If you drink even 1 beer and decide that you need to go somewhere, either get someone to drive or stay where you are. Trying to [...]

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THE NEW LAW ON CHARACTER EVIDENCE

In the realm of criminal procedure, one of the largest barriers to a fair trial is the broad use of “similar transactions.” Similar transactions are past actions by a defendant that are introduced into evidence during a current trial.
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SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE?

In the 1700s, men and women began to flock to the English colonies from Europe to escape among other things, religious persecution. This religious persecution was primarily based on state (or king) sponsored abuses inflicted on people who did not con [...]

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WHY DO WE HAVE THE SECOND AMENDMENT?

It has taken over 250 years for the United States Supreme Court to clarify a very simple phrase in the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution. The English phrase in the 2nd Amendment that has caused such an unnecessary stir for decades read [...]

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PROFESSIONALISM VS PERSONALISM

The word professionalism is rarely used in modern society. In the legal field, we are required to accumulate a certain amount of professionalism credits for CLE (Continuing Legal Education) in order to remain licensed, but little else is actually em [...]

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