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How Is the Coronavirus Impacting Court Cases?

How Is the Coronavirus Impacting Court Cases?

By Rebecca Pirius Courts throughout the country are trying to operate as effectively as they can in the massive wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With little (if any) historical guidance, courts face the extraordinary challenge of attempting to balance public health and safety with constitutional rights. The Judicial Council of California, which is the policy-making body for the state’s court system, recently reflected on this critical task: The continuous operation of our courts to provide due process and protect the…

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“Florida Woman,” and the Reality of Fake Lawyers

“Florida Woman,” and the Reality of Fake Lawyers

Sometimes I feel like a lecturing parent, telling people that before hiring a lawyer they should check references, ask lots of questions, and check the person’s state bar membership. That’s particularly true in the immigration law setting, where a vulnerable population and lack of oversight (or interest) from law enforcement has led to all manner of scams and ripoffs. But then a news report like this one recently out of Tampa comes along. (And further solidifies Florida’s status as the…

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Is Julian Castro Suggesting We Amend U.S. Law to Open the Borders?

Is Julian Castro Suggesting We Amend U.S. Law to Open the Borders?

As anyone who watched or heard snippets of the first Democratic presidential debate likely knows, candidate Julián Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, proposed a repeal of the portion of U.S. law (8 U.S.C. § 1325) that makes it a crime to cross the border into the U.S. without authorization. People found guilty of a violation under § 1325 can currently be fined up to $5,000 (under the terms of 18 U.S.C. Section 3571) and/or sentenced to a maximum…

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New Jersey Becomes the First State to Outlaw Drunk Droning

New Jersey Becomes the First State to Outlaw Drunk Droning

In recent years, the number of drones (also called “unmanned aircraft systems” (UAS) and “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAV)) being sold in the United States has rapidly increased. Many industries now rely on drones, and more and more members of the public are using them recreationally. But while the utility and popularity of drones are unquestionable, their widespread use has created concerns about misuse and annoyance. In response to these concerns, lawmakers (at the federal, state, and local levels) have started…

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Top Ten Nolo Articles for 2017

Top Ten Nolo Articles for 2017

Happy New Year! And now, for a quick look back at what Nolo’s online readers were putting first on their reading lists last year. Anyone notice any themes? The ones that seem to stand out are money, money, more money, the inevitable inquiries following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and food. Let’s take a closer look, starting at the top. Will I Get Penalized for Working While Collecting Social Security Retirement? Looks like a lot of people either can’t give up the…

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