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The 10 Essential Rules Every Lease Agreement Should Cover

By: Matt Faustman

9423763880_16d2ec4d79Across the nation, and due to the housing and unemployment crisis of the past decade and a half, many former homeowners have returned to renting property. Plagued by high unemployment, many college graduates have also put buying a home aside and settled in a generation of renters.  Residential demographics from 2012 obtained by the National Multi-Housing Council indicate that renter-occupied households make up 32% of the total U.S. households. That number changes depending on the region with cities like New York and Los Angeles having 50% and 42% (respectively) households in rental properties. Continue reading

The art of sketching out the case

By: Alyshah Hasham

court_sketches.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxCourtrooms can seem like the place time forgot.  No more so than when sketch artists huddle on wooden benches, pencils and pens dashing across blank sheets of paper, capturing the drama in one of the few places cameras still cannot go.  “It’s kind of odd,” admits Marianne Boucher, who has been a full-time court sketch artist for CityNews for 25 years, and also does work for the Star and others. “You have to rush off and get a drawing of a person.”  The job features crushing deadlines in an unpredictable environment — bad angles, packed courtrooms, brief appearances and occasional hostility from friends and families of those involved in the case.

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Women in the Criminal Justice System

By: Tricia Hussung

CTX_CJwomenSeeing female police officers, lawyers, corrections officers, and judges is a common occurrence these days. However, women working in the criminal justice system is a relatively new trend. It wasn’t long ago that this was quite rare. In fact, in 1872 the Supreme Court ruled against allowing a woman, Myra Bradwell, to practice law. It wasn’t until the 20th century, especially after the middle of the century, that the number of women in law enforcement significantly increased.  Continue reading

How You Beat A Photo-Radar Speeding Ticket

By: Conservative Politics, Liberty News

Traffic Lights and cameraVirginia resident Nate Cox, an Army vet whose license plate reads “ENDW4R,” received a speeding ticket in the mail last May alleging he was behind the wheel when his Honda Civic was (allegedly) clocked by a photo-radar device exceeding the posted speed limit somewhere in Washington, D.C.But unlike most people, who’ve become inured to the way municipalities con motorists by making it easier to pay a fine than dispute the charge, Cox, in his own words, “knew better.”He didn’t hire a lawyer or concoct some elaborate scheme to outfox the system. Cox beat the ticket by simply standing up for himself as an American citizen whose Constitutional protections would be violated if he admitted guilt and paid the fine. Continue reading

3 Eviction Mistakes Landlords and Tenants Make


1. Not evaluating whether you really have a case.

Whether you are the party seeking damages or the party presumed to owe money, you must know:

The ins and outs of your lease agreement

The laws in your state

Does your lease state that you, the tenant, must give notice in writing 30 days before moving out, and you never gave it? Does your lease state that you, the landlord, must do requested repairs in a timely fashion but you never did? Honestly evaluate whether you have violated the terms of the contract. Continue reading

What dose Indictment mean?

An indictment refers to the formal process of accusing an individual of committing a crime. An indictment is typically heard by a grand jury. During the indictment process, the grand jury is concerned solely with whether or not there is enough evidence to bring charges against the defendant. Therefore, it is not the job of the jury (during an indictment) to determine the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

The indictment process was, at one time, popularly used in many different countries; however, it is now used most commonly in the United States. Typically, indictments only occur as the result of a person being charged with a serious crime, usually a felony of some sort. Furthermore, the United States Constitution, under the Fifth Amendment, states that “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury…”

New Jersey just took a bunch of old laws off its books

By: Reid Wilson

In the 227 years since becoming a state, New Jersey lawmakers have passed a lot of laws. Over time, many of those laws become anachronisms, even if they’re still on the books. Until now, for example, it was illegal to delay or detain homing pigeons within the Garden State’s borders.No longer. Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed legislation over the weekend that removes a bunch of those outdated laws. That means anyone interested can go ahead and detain a homing pigeon if they so choose.  Continue reading

10 Basic Steps to Filing an Accident Claim

By: Carlos Mesa

Takeaway: The key to submitting an accident claim involves protecting your claim and your legal rights to increase your chances of settling your claim.

An accident is a traumatic event. The immediate jolt to the body and the pains or fear of injury can oftentimes leave you so dazed and stunned that it becomes difficult to remember even the most basic steps to take in the immediate aftermath. So, if you ever find yourself in the midst of such an unfortunate event, it is important that you know exactly what to do to attain information that will allow you to:

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Does being a lawyer protect your brain?


By: Debra Cassens Weiss

A new study has found a link between challenging occupations and cognitive abilities as people grow older.  The University of Edinburgh study found that people whose jobs required complex work with data or people scored higher on cognitive ability at age 70 than people in other professions, the FiveThirtyEight blog reports. Continue reading