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Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you. I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size. Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.


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What was SCOTUS up to?

Posted at: Apr/30/2016 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Historical Insights, Politics & Gov, The Law, Watching America,

Listening to lawyers speak beyond the fictional versions of television can be extremely boring and confusing. The most prestigious place in the United States for a lawyer to argue a case is before the United States Supreme Court. Acting as presumed experts on the Constitution, the Supreme Court therefore is tasked to evaluate judicial appeals, new laws and other legal content with respect to ens.....read more…

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The Clerk, the Licenses and the Law

Posted at: Sep/05/2015 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Behavior, People, The Law, Watching America,

There is nothing like a creative news story or event to pique my interest. With our 24/7 news cycle, there is always the potential to find something that questions what we thought was normal. Some of these events are about important social questions; some are a manifestation of holes in current law. Some of these unique events are the unintended consequence of change or misguided legislation. O.....read more…

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Bring back firing squads

Posted at: Feb/18/2014 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Society, The Law,

It seems as though most things we do or experience go through circular cycles evolving from acceptance, to falling out of favor and back again. Behind all the other issues that comprise our constant barrage of media cycles is a renewed debate on capital crime executions. Obviously, the debate on executing or not executing has not significantly changed, but the means of execution in those states .....read more…

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Freedom, Federalism and the First Amendment

Posted at: Nov/20/2013 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives, Politics & Gov, The Law, Watching America,

One of the bedrocks of our governmental institutions and infrastructure is federalism. This is the constitutional recognition of the legal origins of the United States as a union of independent states. America started, of course with 13 colonies, which evolved to become 13 states. With the passage of time and expansion of our geographic footprint America has gradually added 37 additional states. .....read more…

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Was justice served?

Posted at: Jul/24/2013 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Society, The Law, Watching America,

A trial recently concluded in Sanford Florida that has garnered national attention and a proportional level of controversy. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer was charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin. After due deliberations, a jury of six women found George Zimmerman not guilty on all charges. Many people are using this trial and its verdict as a t.....read more…

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Guns, Violence and Common Sense

Posted at: Apr/18/2013 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Common Sense, Politics & Gov, Society, The Law, Watching America,

Nothing creates a passionate outcry faster and louder than the killing of children. From the Columbine High School massacre in April of 1999, to Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012; these are tragedies of the first order. We are instantly stirred to fervently ask “what can we do to prevent this from ever happening again.” In the wake of this tragedy, lots of things are getting blame.....read more…

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The Pulpit and Free Speech?

Posted at: Oct/12/2012 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Society, The Law,

Did you hear that, October 7, 2012 was designated at Pulpit Freedom Day? This is a day when hundreds of pastors were expected to openly violate the law of the land and preach politics or endorse political candidates from their respective pulpits. Technically the law they intend to violate is the Johnson Amendment, enacted in 1954. Sponsored by then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, this law limits the.....read more…

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Good Speech, Bad Speech, Obnoxious Speech

Posted at: Sep/20/2012 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Society, The Law,

It is the summer of 2012 and things are not going well in the Middle East. There have been attacks and large scale protest on American embassies and consulates in Pakistan, Egypt, Yemen and Libya. At the center of all this violence is a YouTube video titled “Innocence of Muslims.” It is unfortunate, but most of the world does not understand why we tolerate, and even periodically defend such tras.....read more…

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My 4 days on a jury

Posted at: Apr/07/2012 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: The Law,

First of all it is important to say that despite the advice of my coworkers, I have always looked forward to the opportunity of serving on a jury. There is of course the curiosity issue; after years of dramatic TV shows where the guilty party confesses on the stand, I wanted to see what a real trial looks like. There is also my strong belief in the value of participating in our American Judicial.....read more…

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An Important week for the Supreme Court

Posted at: Mar/27/2012 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: The Law, Watching America,

Traditionally, when the Supreme Court agrees to hear a case, they are agreeing that there is some critical issue that the lower court “may have” gotten wrong…or at least it is worthy of open discussion. Most cases that the Supreme Court agrees to hear are given 2 hours for presentation of arguments. Now the court has allocated 6 hours to hears arguements over portions of the "Affordable Healthca.....read more…

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