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Newt Gingrich: Arrest Activist Judges on the Moon

Newt Gingrich: Arrest Activist Judges on the Moon | Criminal Law | Scoop.it

Being an attorney, I am always amazed at the level people stoop to hate my profession. http://www.jacksonlaws.com/legal-fun/newt-arrests-judges-moon-colony


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Gwinnett judge tosses suit on schools' campaigning

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A judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Gwinnett County school authorities and the Georgia School Boards Association of illegally campaigning against the proposed constitutional amendment to affirm the state's power to create independent charter schools.


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Georgia House approves rewrite of sunshine laws  | ajc.com

Georgia House approves rewrite of sunshine laws  | ajc.com | Criminal Law | Scoop.it
The state House passed a major rewrite of the state's sunshine laws Monday that could affect public and media access to meetings and government records.

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Georgia might see juvenile justice solution in Texas success

ATLANTA ­— Georgia legislators will consider a major restructuring of laws dealing with children who commit crimes, reforms that supporters say will lower the repeat-crime rate and save money.


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Georgia to reconsider sentencing laws - Macon Telegraph (blog)

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Georgia to reconsider sentencing laws Macon Telegraph (blog) Georgia should allow judges to set aside some mandatory minimum sentences for adults, says the report of the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Council, a blue-ribbon panel charged with...

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Cobb police chief on immigration law: ‘We deal with crime not status’ - MARIETTA — In light of the federal court ruling this week saying Georgia law enforcement authorities may check the immigratio...

Cobb police chief on immigration law: ‘We deal with crime not status’ - MARIETTA — In light of the federal court ruling this week saying Georgia law enforcement authorities may check the immigratio... | Criminal Law | Scoop.it
Cobb police chief on immigration law: ‘We deal with crime not status’ - MARIETTA — In light of the federal court ruling this week saying Georgia law enforcement authorities may check the immigration status of criminal suspects who fail to produce ...

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Police Chief's largely know that alienating the immigrant community just pushes them into the arms of the gangs and cartels.  These laws that allow local police to become ICE-lite are counter-productive to our mission of making safe communities.  After all, what do I care about a person's immigration status if they are otherwise being a productive citizen.

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Georgia’s Juvenile Code Rewrite Passes Senate

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GA's Juv Code Rewrite Passes - at same time, NC goes in rverse with SB217 and tries to put MORE kids in adult court. http://t.co/225ECvbDRR

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Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Juvenile Code Rewrite

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Crime is some action or omission that causes harm in a situation and the person or group responsible is to be held accountable and punished, irrespective of what the law books of a state say. It is also defined as a social construction, as a product of religious authority or doctrine, as a reflection of nation and state legality, and more recent concepts encompasses beyond the nation and state derived social and political theory. If there are no public authorities who are highly capable or ready to police social activity and punish offenders, then there is no crime. Crimes and criminal only exist when a public body has judged them according to accepted procedures. Without criminal law there is no crime, without criminal justice systems then there are no criminals. Criminal Records are one of the important bases of reference when crime happens or when a hearing of a criminal person is currently underway. Background check is a review of the commercial, criminal and financial records of a particular person. These is requested to ensure that future employers, visa requesters, verifications, credit cards, licenses and any other purposes will have a clean background and to deliberate more if a person has criminal records. However information written in a criminal record may vary depending on the country and their jurisdiction. A criminal record has different types of criminal offenses. Felony is a type of offense that has serious cases like Murder, rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault or battery, arson, burglary and grand theft are all considered felony crimes. These committed crimes will send criminals to prison for two years or more. Some offenses may either be considered felony or misdemeanor depending on each case. Probation Violation is known to be an alternative punishment to a jail term. Consequences under this type of offense include revocation of probation, extension on the length or severity of the probation, community service and mandatory substance abuse treatment. Misdemeanor usually considered a less serious or minor offense, it is a crime punishable b incarceration, typically in a local confinement facility. The maximum incarceration period is usually limited to one year or less. Parole Violations are people who are serving jail sentence for a felony conviction that may be eligible after a certain period of time for parole. Most common violations committed were possession of alcohol, weapons and drugs, positive result in a drug test and many more. Sex offender statuses are people who are convicted of certain sexual crimes. Each registered sex offender is categorized as a level 1, 2 or 3. Traffic violations are also present in a criminal record when certain types of traffic offense are made. Criminal law may be defined as the body of rules in which conduct is established and is now imposed against a person that threatened, harm or endanger the safety and welfare of others and such law sets out the punishment to be imposed on people who do not observed it. There are five objects that are widely accepted for enforcement of the criminal law by punishments. These are retribution, deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation and restitution. Retribution is a punishment that is considered morally right and fully deserved. Deterrence is aimed toward the specific offender. It imposes a sufficient punishment to discourage the offender from criminal behavior. Incapacitation is simply made to keep criminals away from society so that the public is protected from their misconduct. Rehabilitation aims at transforming an offender into a valuable member of society. Restitution uses a victim oriented theory of punishment. People should take advantage of Public Criminal Records availability online. A number of web based companies began purchasing public records data and selling it online. Many of these websites advertise background research and provide employers or landlords with fee based checks. Usually checking or viewing public records online are free but if ordering copies are required with payments. We have information and insight on various sources of Criminal Records and other paid and free Criminal Background Check .


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Really Good Marketing Ideas! - Attorney at Work

Really Good Marketing Ideas! - Attorney at Work | Criminal Law | Scoop.it

“Really Good Marketing Ideas” packs 50-plus pages of articles, written by Attorney at Work’s most knowledgable contributors, into three sections: “Getting the Work,” “Your Social Media Game Plan” and “Balancing Legal Marketing Ethics.”

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Federal judge accuses state of ethical lapses in prison case - The Sacramento Bee

Federal judge accuses state of ethical lapses in prison case - The Sacramento Bee | Criminal Law | Scoop.it
In a high-stakes bid to wrest control of California's prison system from federal oversight, opposing lawyers for the state and for 33,000 inmates sparred Wednesday over whether the state violated legal ethics by interviewing mentally ill prisoners...

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The lawyers describe the sessions as being conducted in secret despite the legal requirement that they be present for all those tours and interviews.

"They interviewed our mentally ill clients without our knowledge about the case and then they used the evidence (to buttress their claims that conditions in the prisons have improved)," Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, told reporters after the hearing.

"They didn't really explain to the mentally ill clients what the purpose of the interviews were, so the inmates had no idea who they were speaking to, they had no idea for the reason."

Those interviews and the 50 expert declarations based on them that were filed with the court by the state now are at the heart of a heated dispute over whether California has made enough progress in improving access to mental health care at a constitutional level inside its prisons.

The inmate attorneys want the declarations thrown out, a move that would cripple the state's efforts in court to rid its self of the 23-year-old class action.


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The lawyers describe the sessions as being conducted in secret despite the legal requirement that they be present for all those tours and interviews.

"They interviewed our mentally ill clients without our knowledge about the case and then they used the evidence (to buttress their claims that conditions in the prisons have improved)," Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, told reporters after the hearing.

"They didn't really explain to the mentally ill clients what the purpose of the interviews were, so the inmates had no idea who they were speaking to, they had no idea for the reason."

Those interviews and the 50 expert declarations based on them that were filed with the court by the state now are at the heart of a heated dispute over whether California has made enough progress in improving access to mental health care at a constitutional level inside its prisons.

The inmate attorneys want the declarations thrown out, a move that would cripple the state's efforts in court to rid its self of the 23-year-old class action.

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Judicial Branch of Georgia :: Self Help Resources :: Civil Cases

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Self Help Resource for Citizens of Georgia

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Police go back over cases of female genital mutilation

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CPS considers using conspiracy charges against perpetrators in bid to bring first prosecution.

Police and prosecutors are reviewing hundreds of historic cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a bid to bring the first prosecution in Britain since the practice was ruled illegal in 1985. Legal experts are already examining six cases referred by police, and scores more are also being considered. Tens of thousands of women and girls in the UK are believed to have been subjected to the horrifying ordeal, which is also known as "cutting", in which the genitals of women and girls are severed by unqualified people in the belief that it will preserve the victim's virginity. It can result in infections, infertility and, in extreme cases, death.

The move follows widespread concern that UK authorities were failing to address the scandal adequately. In January, The Independent on Sunday revealed, officials were looking for alternatives after failing to bring a single prosecution in more than 25 years – while more than 100 parents and FGM "practitioners" have been convicted in France since 1988.

The review centres on cases which originally failed to meet the prosecution threshold under existing FGM laws. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is now reconsidering those cases under a variety of alternative criminal offences, including conspiracy charges and the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (which established an offence of causing or allowing a child or vulnerable adult to die or suffer serious physical harm). A CPS spokesman said: "We have been working with police to identify the types of evidence required to support charges under other legislation, including conspiracy charges. In addition the Metropolitan Police will be looking at previous investigations of FGM with the CPS, and whether new action can be taken."

It is hoped that successful prosecutions will act as a deterrent, as well as overcoming cultural sensitivities surrounding the subject. Campaigners say it is prevalent in, but not confined to, African diaspora groups in the UK. Nimco Ali, a founder of Daughters of Eve, which campaigns against FGM and supports survivors, said: "We need to make sure there is a way for young women to come forward. People need to understand this is child abuse."

In a further bid to breach the taboo surrounding the subject, the popular BBC 1 TV hospital drama Casualty last night introduced a storyline which deals with the controversial subject. Scriptwriters on the series worked with FGM pressure groups and young girls to produce the two-part drama, which concludes next Saturday.

The need to combat these agonising procedures was reinforced in a recent European report, which warned that 30,000 women and girls were judged to be still at risk in Britain – the highest number in Europe. The report, by the European Institute for Gender Equality, showed the UK also had the most women – nearly 66,000 – who had suffered FGM.

Efua Dorkenoo, advocacy director of Equality Now, which has been campaigning against FGM for decades, said this latest step was an important development. She said: "We have been looking at what aspects of the law can be used. What we have to do is take away the burden from the children to the parents. Children are not going to come forward with information; we have to get the parents to act."

Jane Ellison, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on FGM, said: "At present anti-FGM laws are not respected by all, but I believe even one successful prosecution could change that. I am glad, however, that the CPS is also looking at using other laws."

 

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Lawsuit: Guards Beat Inmates in Georgia Prison

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Four inmates, represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights and the law firm Hunton & Williams, said that while they were handcuffed at Hays State Prison, they were beaten by corrections officers.


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Connection today : Georgia: In Suing State, A.C.L.U. Defends Klan

Connection today : Georgia: In Suing State, A.C.L.U. Defends Klan | Criminal Law | Scoop.it
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Georgia on Thursday for denying the Ku Klux Klan’s application to participate in an “adopt a highway” program.

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KKK and ACLU sue Georgia over ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ ban | The Raw Story

KKK and ACLU sue Georgia over ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ ban | The Raw Story | Criminal Law | Scoop.it

The American Civil Liberties Union this week filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia on behalf of the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (IKKK), which was prohibited from participating in the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program.

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Georgia lawmaker wants state to ignore federal laws, president's orders - Atlanta Business Chronicle (blog)

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Georgia lawmaker wants state to ignore federal laws, president's orders Atlanta Business Chronicle (blog) Many scholars believe such issues were settled with the Civil War, the news service says, adding that according to Neil Kinkopf, a...

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Ga. backs relaxing gun laws for mentally ill--To protect Veterans&those who voluntarily seek treatment...Agree or Disagree?

Ga. backs relaxing gun laws for mentally ill--To protect Veterans&those who voluntarily seek treatment...Agree or Disagree? | Criminal Law | Scoop.it
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 While some states push to tighten gun control laws after the Connecticut school massacre, lawmakers in gun-friendly Georgia want to ease rules preventing some mentally ill people from getting licenses to carry firearms.

 

Legislators in Georgia's House voted 117-56 on Thursday to allow people who have voluntarily sought inpatient treatment for mental illness or substance abuse to get licenses. The same bill would force officials to check on whether applicants have received involuntary treatment in the past five years before issuing licenses. Georgia also may change its laws to allow people to carry guns in churches, bars and on college campuses, contrary to what's happening elsewhere in the United States. 

 

Law enforcement officials say they now screen people seeking to carry guns against a database with information on involuntary treatment orders, though officials acknowledge it is probably incomplete. Judges can require that people seeking a license authorize the release of treatment records and allow the judge to get a recommendation from treatment providers. Because there is no single clearinghouse for treatment information, judges would have to send waivers to multiple hospitals or treatment centers to get information.

 

Jasperse's bill would require that courts submit involuntary treatment orders to a database, and the legislation would force judges to run those checks before issuing a license to carry a weapon. It would also ban people whom law enforcement officials hear making threats against others in the last five years from carrying weapons. Those represented by guardians or conservators because of mental illness or drug abuse would also be disqualified.

 

 

One prosecutor said he was concerned about the provision because not everyone with serious mental illness is forced to receive treatment, meaning they would be eligible to carry weapons.

"My concern would be there's got to be people who voluntarily seek inpatient treatment who wouldn't be any less dangerous than if they're sent there involuntarily," Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said Wednesday.

Federal law prohibits giving or selling guns to anyone who judged to be "mentally defective" or those committed to a mental institution. States set their own standards on who can carry weapons. Some states use the same mental health threshold when deciding whether someone should be prohibited from carrying a gun.

Other states like Georgia have gone further. For example, Massachusetts allows authorities to deny people a license to carry if applicants have been confined for mental health treatment, according to a survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Mississippi will deny licenses to people who have been committed, voluntary or otherwise, unless a psychiatrist testifies they have been free of mental illness for five years. Texas considers psychiatric hospitalization grounds for being refused to carry a concealed weapon.

The legislation is backed by GeorgiaCarry.Org, a gun owners group that has been more aggressive about expanding rights to carry weapons in Georgia than the National Rifle Association, which supports a more limited slate of changes.

Jerry Henry, executive director of GeorgiaCarry.Org, said the original law was too restrictive and could, for example, deny a license to military veterans voluntarily seeking help for stress-related disorders.

"If he seeks health treatment on his own it should not be held against him," Henry said.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, March 7, 2013 8:51 PM

I don't know if lifting the law on guns for mentally ill is going to prevent more mentally ill from posessing guns, but then again there is already a federal law restricting the mentally ill from owning a weapon but they get them anyways.

 

The issue is identifying, diagnosing and treating the mentally ill before they become a danger to themselves and others. The problem is doing that because current law prevents many from being referred to treatment unless they commit a crime. Then they end up in jail/prison rather than in mental institutes getting the treatment they need. But, if they end up committing crimes where else are we going to put them?? A crime is a crime and mental illness does not excuse their behavior.

 

I can see the point though of protecting veterans rights and others who have not shown evidence of criminal behavior or have not committed any harm to others, who deserve the right to bear arms but were diagnosed with PTSD or anxiety and depression. There needs to be a line drawn somewhere and I say psychosis or past criminal behavior or aggressive behavior and/or threats is one place the line should be drawn. But, then who will define what is criminal behavior and aggressive or threatening behavior??

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Georgia lawmakers poised to consider substantial changes to criminal justice system | The Republic

Georgia lawmakers poised to consider substantial changes to criminal justice system | The Republic | Criminal Law | Scoop.it
ATLANTA - Lawmakers are poised to consider substantial changes to the state's criminal justice system that could reshape the way Georgia courts are run, overhaul the state's expensive prison system and even transform the way offenders are sentenced.

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Federal judge accuses state of ethical lapses in prison case - The Sacramento Bee

Federal judge accuses state of ethical lapses in prison case - The Sacramento Bee | Criminal Law | Scoop.it
In a high-stakes bid to wrest control of California's prison system from federal oversight, opposing lawyers for the state and for 33,000 inmates sparred Wednesday over whether the state violated legal ethics by interviewing mentally ill prisoners...

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The lawyers describe the sessions as being conducted in secret despite the legal requirement that they be present for all those tours and interviews.

"They interviewed our mentally ill clients without our knowledge about the case and then they used the evidence (to buttress their claims that conditions in the prisons have improved)," Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, told reporters after the hearing.

"They didn't really explain to the mentally ill clients what the purpose of the interviews were, so the inmates had no idea who they were speaking to, they had no idea for the reason."

Those interviews and the 50 expert declarations based on them that were filed with the court by the state now are at the heart of a heated dispute over whether California has made enough progress in improving access to mental health care at a constitutional level inside its prisons.

The inmate attorneys want the declarations thrown out, a move that would cripple the state's efforts in court to rid its self of the 23-year-old class action.


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/27/5297978/federal-judge-accuses-state-of.html#.UVpnexHtdRQ.gmail#storylink=cpy

 

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The lawyers describe the sessions as being conducted in secret despite the legal requirement that they be present for all those tours and interviews.

"They interviewed our mentally ill clients without our knowledge about the case and then they used the evidence (to buttress their claims that conditions in the prisons have improved)," Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, told reporters after the hearing.

"They didn't really explain to the mentally ill clients what the purpose of the interviews were, so the inmates had no idea who they were speaking to, they had no idea for the reason."

Those interviews and the 50 expert declarations based on them that were filed with the court by the state now are at the heart of a heated dispute over whether California has made enough progress in improving access to mental health care at a constitutional level inside its prisons.

The inmate attorneys want the declarations thrown out, a move that would cripple the state's efforts in court to rid its self of the 23-year-old class action.

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Two New Legal Ethics Opinions Suggest Clear Skies Ahead for Cloud Computing

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Here is the latest legal-ethics forecast for cloud computing in the legal profession: Clear skies ahead.

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Ethical Leaders Care

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Ethical Leadership Involves Much More Than Avoiding  Risk

Ethical leadership is about much more than making good decisions and abiding by laws and regulations. One of the elements of ethical leadership that may be overlooked when we view ethics using a “legal lens” is supporting and developing the potential of the people we lead.


While many leadership ethics programs focus on the risk side of ethics – compliance with laws and regulations, avoiding lawsuits, etc., there is an equally important side of ethics that involves care.


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