Legal Articles

Census 2020: Everything You Need To Know Before You Say No



Let me start with the most important part of the article: responding to the census is required by the constitution. Not doing the census and/or refusing to talk to a census taker is against the law and you could get fined. And if you think, “Yeah, sure, but they wouldn’t enforce it. That’d be ridiculous.” […]

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Martial Law: Everything You Need To Know In 2020



There’s been a lot of talk about martial law recently, particularly in the news. There’s no playbook for what we’re seeing happening in the US right now – never mind the world. So, what exactly is martial law, what are the rules, and what can we expect to see if this does happen? Technically there […]

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Examining the President’s Legal Responsibilities



The position of President of the United States is often referred to colloquially as the “most powerful man in the world”, or the “leader of the free world.” More than just a figurehead in American democracy, the role of president does come with legal responsibilities under the framework of the United States set forth in […]

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How The Supreme Court Changed The Number of States that Allow Gay Marriage



Before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2015 declaring laws banning same-sex marriages to be unconstitutional, a review of marriage laws throughout the country would have revealed that states that allow gay marriage far outnumbered those that did not. In fact, 37 states allowed same-sex marriages, so what were the issues preventing all states from […]

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Is Slander Protected by the First Amendment?



The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of speech and is, as such, considered one of the most important protections that exist in a democratic society. Without free speech protections, citizens would have a hard time challenging their government or speaking freely about the issues that matter to them. A democratic system can […]

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Probable Cause Arrests vs. Arrest Warrants



The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures. It goes on to specify that warrants for searches and seizures may only be issued by a court upon a showing of probable cause. The seizure of a person, as occurs during an arrest, is a Fourth Amendment event requiring probable […]

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The Selection of a New Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court



Justices of the United States Supreme Court are appointed through a process in which the president nominates a candidate who must then be approved by a majority vote of the Senate. While it might appear to be a simple process, it is one that was designed by the drafters of the Constitution 229 years ago […]

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