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On This Date in Legal History

In 1984, Congress passed the Bail Reform Act. This legislation requires courts to detain persons charged with serious crimes, before trial, if the government can show they are a danger to society. Two men (detained pretrial) challenged the Act as … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

The 5th Amendment states private property can’t “be taken for public use, without just compensation.” In 1822 John Barron brought a lawsuit against the City of Baltimore claiming their actions caused him to lose the use of his wharf— violating his … Continue reading

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Happy Law Day!

This year we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Miranda v. Arizona.  If you’d like to learn more about the case go to http://goo.gl/bzfbqF.

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On This Date in Legal History

The 5th Amendment states private property can’t “be taken for public use, without just compensation.”  In 1822 John Barron brought a lawsuit against the City of Baltimore claiming their actions caused him to lose the use of his wharf— violating … Continue reading

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NY’s Highest Court Warns Against Modifying the Miranda Warnings

The law requires after a suspect is taken into custody that he or she be “Mirandized” before being interrogated.  That means suspects must be told– you have a right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used … Continue reading

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A Court Finds A Defendant Shouldn’t Have Been Tried Twice

A man was charged with several crimes.  His case was called to trial, a jury was sworn in, and witnesses testified.  On the second day, the judge announced that she was unable to be objective (after a certain incident occurred … Continue reading

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