Legal Articles

The 14th Amendment Explained



The 14th amendment is a constitutional amendment that defines citizenship, equal protection and due process for all people in the United States. These rights are given to anyone who lives on American soil, but not necessarily those born on American soil. The 14th amendment was ratified in 1868 as part of the reconstruction era following […]

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What is the Security Exchange Commission?



The market structure is constantly changing, and new challenges have to be dealt with. There are dishonest individuals out there, and the marketplace creates those rules to protect everybody and create fairness. Therefore, in this article, we will be discussing the security and exchange commission.  What is the Security Exchange Commission? The government created the […]

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Double Jeopardy Law



You may have heard about the double jeopardy law by watching crime and justice shows like Law & Order, but perhaps you may not know how it works in the real world. So, in this article, we’re going to discuss the double jeopardy law and common misconceptions about it. What is Double Jeopardy Law & […]

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Imperialism Definition, Laws, & History: From Rome To Now



Imperialism involves nations enforcing their authority over other nations. Usually through unprovoked military force, but it could be through political power plays as well. Since it’s an old practice that’s frowned upon in modern days, the word ‘imperialism’ is often used to criticize a nation’s foreign policies.    Whether that’s warranted or not, I’ll leave […]

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Impeaching a President: 4 Facts About Impeachment That May Surprise You



It seems as though every time a president does something of a controversial or unpopular nature, such as sending military forces to a foreign country, opposition voices can be heard calling for impeachment proceedings. In some instances, predictions of impeachment proceedings have been made even before a president-elect took office. As common as it is […]

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Strict Construction Has Been Debated For More Than 200 Years



The concept of strict construction has usually been associated with the United States Supreme Court and how some of its members interpret the Constitution. Someone who is a strict constructionist believes that the literal meaning of the words should be adopted, but it can also mean that the language used in the document should be […]

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Three Alternatives to the Rule of Law



The rule of law is the legal principle that states that nobody, not even a king, president, or prime minister, is above the law. Rule of law is foundational in many countries, particularly in North America and Europe. Without the rule of law, the risk would quickly arise that people in positions of power would […]

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The Pillory and Other Unusual Types of Corporal Punishment



Today, misdemeanors and petty crimes don’t usually lead to much more than a hefty fine and/or a stay in prison or jail. While such punishments are definitely not welcome by those who receive them, they are a lot milder than what petty criminals were subjected to prior to our modern era. From the pillory to […]

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Seditious Conduct and Freedom of Speech: Three Things You Should Know



It seems at times as though everyone has something negative to say about the government or about the people elected to political office. Most people might correctly assume that such political rhetoric is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, but history shows that criticism of the government was once considered to be seditious speech that […]

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