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Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

Making Sense of The Jinx, Robert Durst and What He Said

Joe Navarro | Posted 05.24.2015 | Crime
Joe Navarro

I don't know if the statements made by Mr. Durst in the HBO documentary will be admitted in a future trial or even if they are needed. What I can say from experience is this: We should not be surprised when people make utterances that inculpate them in crimes.

'A Very Social Security Guard'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.05.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Herbert "Doc" Koenig is a security guard in the building where I work. He don't need no stinking badge (he has an ID card with a photo of his goateed visage and the word "Doc" under it) and he doesn't carry a pistol, mainly because he is one. But he does have a rapier wit that could disarm the most suspicious intruder.

The Public, Race, and a Jury of Your Peers

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Last year's jury decisions in racially-charged investigations were only the most recent to reveal the schism in the country's perceptions of how race intersects with justice. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives, here is a look back over more than twenty years of data on race and the jury system.

Divorce Confidential: Child Testimony in Divorce Proceedings

Caroline Choi | Posted 03.31.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

In litigated custody battles, clients sometimes ask if their child can testify. This is undoubtedly tempting, especially if your child is saying he or she wants to spend more time with you than your ex-spouse. However tempting, there are a few things you need to consider.

'Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest Stories of 2014'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 03.09.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

These are not goofy little news items dealing with such inconsequential matters as health care, the midterm elections and various conflicts around the world. Rather, they are the kind of important, socially significant and absolutely true stories that are the lifeblood of this column.

Jury Selection Begins In Arias Penalty Retrial

AP | BRIAN SKOLOFF | Posted 11.29.2014 | Crime

PHOENIX (AP) — Roughly a third of 300 potential jurors were dismissed Monday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after telling a...

Divorce Confidential: Potential Risks When Litigating Move-Aways in Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 11.03.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

For my last installment in this three-part move-away series, I am going to explore the potential risks that you may face when you decide to litigate a move-away motion in court.

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you read a controversial opinion article, instead of talking about "lynching" the author or what "gauge" shotgun you're going to use when you shoot him, maybe present a better idea to solve the problems he's trying to address.

4 Things to Know Before Suing Your Landlord

realtor.com | Posted 10.20.2014 | HuffPost Home
realtor.com

The amount you're suing for will determine which court you'll go to, but in most cases you'll wind up in small claims court. Rules and compensation limits for small claims court vary by state, so ask your small claims clerk about local fees and rules.

Perry Case Complicates Boehner's Lawsuit

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans are going to be arguing one thing for Perry, and the exact opposite for Obama. This is going to become more and more obvious to all concerned.

Santa Barbara Shines on Gang Injunction (VIDEO)

Sam Slovick | Posted 10.11.2014 | Los Angeles
Sam Slovick

Beyond its well-maintained public image, Santa Barbara, California (aka the American Riviera) is a working class town whose local economy includes a large service sector where some 38.0 percent of the population is Latino.

Civil Rights Clash: Transhumanists Prepare to Challenge an Anti-Cryonics Law in Canada

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

British Columbia has a law on the books that prohibits the marketing or sale of services for cryonics. The stage is being set for a civil rights clash. Cryonicists say they will challenge the law in court, citing it as a human rights violation that threatens their ultimate transhuman goal of trying to live indefinitely.

Secrets to a Successful Summer Rental

Andrew Lieb | Posted 09.16.2014 | Travel
Andrew Lieb

With the prime summer rental month of August fast approaching, here are some areas that every summer rental landlord and tenant should consider.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

How to Taint a Jury Pool

Steve Bevilacqua | Posted 08.05.2014 | Los Angeles
Steve Bevilacqua

Jury duty is a pain in the ass. Even the most civic-minded citizens I know consider it a pain in the ass. Last week, Madonna got in hot water for bl...

A Camera in the Court

Josh Lipsky | Posted 08.02.2014 | Media
Josh Lipsky

Unlike Congress or the White House, no cameras are allowed inside the Supreme Court. Every few years C-SPAN dutifully submits a request to the Chief Justice for access and every few years that request is summarily dismissed.

Jodi Arias Can Still Face Death Penalty

AP | Posted 07.31.2014 | Crime

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge denied a motion from Jodi Arias' defense team this week to have the death penalty removed as a sentencing option for the woma...

The Death of Tax Preparer Regulation - Finding a Good Tax Preparer Just Got a Little Bit Harder

Mark Steber | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

Earlier this week the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) declined to file a petition with the Supreme Court to appeal a recent series of rulings thereby s...

'School Choice' -- As Long as Your Child Doesn't Have a Disability

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

In a voucher system, disabled students are not always given true choice, as no choice exists if private schools refuse disabled students' needed services.

How to Get Paid for Your Work When Companies Don't Pay You

Gini Graham Scott | Posted 07.06.2014 | Money
Gini Graham Scott

You can do many things if you feel wronged by a company that doesn't pay you. And feel free to share your experience here, as a forum for sharing grievances and learning what people did that was successful.

A Possible Revolution In Criminal Prosecution

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded cour...

The American Flag T-Shirt Case: It's Not About Patriotism

Dirk Hughes | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Dirk Hughes

The government can, and does, legally violate our Constitutional rights when in its best interest to do so. In fact, they do it quite often. They just need the right reason.

JPMorgan Goes After Feds For More Than $1 Billion

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co sued the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in federal court ...

Magistrate's Messiah Complex

Neal Wooten | Posted 12.28.2013 | Parents
Neal Wooten

I've always been concerned about judges and magistrates having too much power, making way too many decisions based not on law or precedence, but on their own personal or religious beliefs.