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New Year Equals New Laws

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”1_2″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]   With the new year just upon us, several States have new laws that take effect.  Here are some of the more notable.   California has legalized recreational use of Marijuana.  While many would think California would’ve been the first state to do so, they follow behind…

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State Bar Has Published The Top 10 Verdicts From 2014

The State Bar Has Published The Top 10 Verdicts From 2014.  The cases range from a wrongful death cases to a battle between two Keg Restaurants. The highest jury award in 2014 was $30,000,00.00.  The case was a wrongful death case.  The decedent was hit head on by suspect fleeing a bank robbery in Tempe.  A…

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Veterans Day 2014

On this Veterans Day we all should take a moment to reflect and thank those few who have given so much for our country.  Many of us probably have family members and/or friends who have served in the military.  On this Veterans Day we should remember not only those who gave their lives fighting for…

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SCOTUS Expands Police Use of Deadly Force In High Speed Chase

In the case of Plumhoff v Rickard, the SCOTUS expands police use of deadly force when involved in high speed chases.  In this case, officers were pursuing a vehicle in a high speed chase.  In attempt to stop the vehicle, officers fired multiple rounds into the vehicle, hitting the driver and passenger and contributing to their respective…

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The Arizona Supreme Court Rejects Law Allowing the Governor More Choices In Filling Judicial Vacancies

In Dobson v. State, the Court struck down legislation that enabled the governor greater influence in selecting judges.  The law in question (HB 2600), allows the judicial commission to submit at least five persons for nomination to the governor.  The Court struck down the law because it conflicted directly with State’s Constitution that provides that the commission…

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Should An Undocumented Immigrant Be Allowed To Practice Law?

Sergio Garcia graduated law school in California, like most law school graduates, he sat for the bar exam and submitted his moral character application.   He graduated from Cal North School of Law (a California accredited law school).  He passed the bar exam and the California State Bar deemed him to be of moral character.…

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SCOTUS Busy Today

The Supreme Court issued three rulings today, the most significant one being Shelby v. Holder, in which the Court addressed the constitutionality of the Voter Rights Act of 1965.  In a 5-4 decision the Court struck section 4 of the act.  Section 4 which contains a preclearance formula that enables the Federal Gov’t (dep’t of justice)…

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