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It's OK to Speak Your Mind, But Don't Hurt Anyone
Being a U.S. citizen gives you the right to voice your opinion, either with words or through your actions. In civil rights law, "speech" refers to all kinds of expression. But the U.S. Constitution, and the way it's been applied by courts, includes some exceptions. Your words and actions may not always ... READ MORE

The Basic Constitutional Rights of a U.S. Citizen
Civil liberties are about freedom. They determine what you as an individual are free to do, and what the government cannot do to infringe on your freedom. People often use the terms "civil rights" and "civil liberties" interchangeably, but they're somewhat different. Rights protect you from unfair treatment ... READ MORE

The Freedoms of the Press and Bloggers
The U.S. Constitution guarantees Americans the right to speak their minds in the media - print, broadcast, and electronic, and social media. Freedom of the press is covered by the First Amendment. It is similar to freedom of speech, but covers two bases. Not only can you speak, but you have the right ... READ MORE

The Right to Gather Has Some Restrictions
Both the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and most state constitutions protect your right to gather with other people for almost any reason: to express your religious views, to protest, even to have a party. But this doesn't mean you can do any of these things without restriction. You have the ... READ MORE

The Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms
Congress ratified the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1791, granting Americans the right to bear arms. Interpreting the Second Amendment in modern times can be confusing. Legislatures are still trying to sort it out. The U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted it to mean that most Americans ... READ MORE

Your Right to Practice Any Religion or None At All
The freedom to choose and practice your own religion without government interference is a fundamental human right. It's a civil right as well, protected by the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment plainly states that the U.S. government can't make religious laws, and that it can't prevent any citizen ... READ MORE

Assault Weapons and Mass Shootings
The year 2012 was a terrible year for mass shootings involving assault weapons. The Sandy Hook elementary school shooting killed 20 young children and six teachers. The Portland Mall shooting left three dead, including the gunman. In the mass shooting at the Aurora movie theater, 12 people were killed ... READ MORE

Can You Use Deadly Force to Defend Yourself?
You hear someone trying to enter you house at night. You are accosted by a threatening stranger on the street. In these frightening situations, are you allowed to use deadly force to protect yourself? It depends on where you live. Laws differ from state to state. What may be considered self-defense in ... READ MORE

 

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Probably yes. NY Public Health Law section 1399 prohibits smoking in workplaces, defined as any indoor area in the control of an employer, and commercial establishments used for any profession and tra ...Read more

I am not aware of any privacy laws that would prohibit a first loan company from calling and asking a 2nd loan company if you have a loan with that 2nd loan company. It would be up to your agreem ...Read more

You can file a petition in the circuit/chancery court of the county where you live to change your name.

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Michigan Law Firm Creates Martin Luther King Day Infographic

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., a Michigan-based personal injury law firm, has published the first infographic depicting the historical timeline of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday. Today, m ... Read more

Birmingham-based health care firm named in lawsuit over inmate death from alleged starvation

Birmingham-based health care firm named in lawsuit over inmate death from alleged starvation from al.com http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/birmingham-based_company_named.html Simon W. J ... Read more

City of Indianapolis settles wrongful imprisonment lawsuit

City of Indianapolis settles wrongful imprisonment lawsuit from personalinjury.com http://www.personalinjury.com/news/city-indianapolis-settles-wrongful-imprisonment-lawsuit Simon W. Johnson swj@swjla ... Read more

PHILADELPHIA CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYERS: TRANSGENDER HIGH SCHOOL RESTROOMS

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit handed down a favorable decision Tuesday for a Virginia teenager who has taken the fight against transgender discrimination in his high school to federal ... Read more

Court: Police Can’t Taser Subdued Arrestee

Police cannot continue to Taser subdued suspect; decision will impact law in Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.  Learn more at Bryan & Terrill here.  

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