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Blog Posts in 2012

Judicial Irrationality-A Commentary on Goodlow v. State, Docket No. 54198

In 2010, Deljuan Goodlow appealed his judgment of conviction which was entered after a Washoe County jury found him guilty of first degree murder with use of a deadly weapon, home invasion, and ...
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Government, Hypocrisy and Legitimacy

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Holder v. Humanitarian Law. In that case, Plaintiffs, Humanitarian Law Project, argued that certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act (18 ...
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Constitutionality of Drug Dispensaries in Nevada

In 2000 Nevada voters changed the state's constitution to allow people who need marijuana for medicinal purposes to possess seeds, grow their own plants and possess marijuana. Unfortunately, the ...
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Alien Tort Statute and the Corporate Person

A Corporation is a person with the same freedoms ascribed to real flesh and blood people, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) recently ruled. Specifically, in Citizens United, the SCOTUS held ...
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Big Brother is Watching

Recently, Wikileaks released 5 million new documents obtained from government files. Contained within those leaks was a five page report issued by the Orwellian named Department of Homeland Security, ...
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Do What's Right, Not What's Legal

This phrase struck me as I was reading a story about Occupy Oakland protestors. One activist, in describing his strategy to bring awareness to issues of economic and social justice, indicated his ...
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The Dangers of the Prison-Industrial Complex

In 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a memorable farewell address wherein he warned of the corrupting influence of the military-industrial complex. That speech is worth quoting at length: This ...
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A Word About the Police

On October 29, 2010 as he was driving to work at 4 in the morning, Adam Greene, 38, a man suffering from diabetic shock, was mistaken for a drunk driver, ripped from his vehicle, beaten by five ...
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State of the Bar Address

Guess what? Most attorneys in town do nothing for you, the poor bastards. Why? Some are greedy and vain though paralyzed by fear and some are just plain dumb. In this article I'll focus on the ...
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Unequal Protection and its Consequences

Two articles caught my attention recently. In the first one, a journalist recounts how he was caught up in the Occupy Oakland demonstrations and was arrested and mistreated by Oakland Police despite ...
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Oligarchy and Equal Protection of the Laws

An Oligarchy is a form of social organization wherein political power is held by a wealthy elite who use that power to serve their own class interest. Arguably, we the living live in an age of ...
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Fraud Is Illegal Unless You're A Banker

Recounting the last few years in Southern Nevada is a grim tale of Capitalism run amok. Consider the following: Nevada has the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, with one foreclosure for every ...
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The Law and the Legal Pretext

A “legal pretext” is a justification provided, usually by government and its agents, particularly law enforcement, in an effort to mask one's true intentions. Legal pretext can be ...
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The Absurdity of the Legal Fiction

A legal fiction is an assumption that courts use to reach a desired result despite the fact that there is absolutely no basis in reality to assume such a fact; indeed, in some cases, the legal fiction ...
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