Monthly Archives: June 2013


Posted 4 years ago in Criminal Law Uncategorized by Staff Editor   
Marijuana News Coverage on Lawyers.com

One of the most far-reaching, yet underreported and sporadically covered, issues is the legalization of marijuana. Some 43 years of being listed as a Schedule 1 narcotic, public opinion favoring the legalization of marijuana has grown dramatically. Today, medical marijuana is legal in 18 states and Washington, D.C., and voters in Colorado and Washington have legalized the drug for recreational use. These laws, however, operate in direct conflict with federal law, which regards possession as a crime. Following are highlights …

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New Benefits with Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage

Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief wrote the following editorial, published in LGBTQ Nation on June 27, 2013.   Two bad laws died on June 26. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state and a federal law that defined marriage as something for heterosexual couples only. For the 130,000 legally-married couples in the U.S., this means an end to second-class status and end to a stigma in the law. I predicted one year ago that the court would strike down provisions in the federal Defense of Marriage …

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Posted 4 years ago in Criminal Law by Michele Bowman  
Zimmerman Trial Week Two Round-Up

The second week of George Zimmerman’s trial for the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin wrapped on Friday with more conflicting testimony from state witnesses, following a grueling examination of the state’s star witness.   Knock, Knock Joke: That Happened Opening arguments began Monday. Prosecutor John Guy kicked off the trial by referring to Zimmerman’s expletive-laden statement to the 911 operator after spotting Martin: “F—–g punks. These a——s, they always get away,” he quoted Zimmerman as saying. Defense attorney Don West …

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Posted 4 years ago in Labor and Employment Video by Amber Statler-Matthews  
Ripped Off Interns Suing Employers for Payment [Video]

  The movie, “Black Swan,” is a psychological thriller that at times is a terrifying journey through the disturbed mind of a young ballerina. But as Lawyers.com videojournalist Amber Statler-Matthews reports, the drama on the scene was not the only drama on the set of the film produced by Fox Searchlight in 2010. Two unpaid interns sued Fox Searchlight and its parent company, Fox Entertainment Group, claiming they were essentially working for free. A federal judge in New York City …

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Posted 4 years ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
How To Avoid Government Spying

They’re watching. Revelations in recent weeks of the extensive programs that the United States government is using to spy on its citizens have made it clear that we live in a surveillance state, and it’s here to stay. We’ve learned that the National Security Administration collects data on nearly every phone call made in America. We’ve learned they have the capacity to compile every bit of online activity we engage in. Feeling paranoid yet? Much of the spying was actually …

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