Category: Federal Law

November 12, 2007

Oil Spill In San Francisco Bay?

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Filed under: Federal Law - 12 Nov 2007

Oh hell. 58,000 gallons of fuel were spilled in the San Francisco Bay last week, and over 40,000 of the spill remains unaccounted for. The crew of the tanker, which crashed into the SF-Oakland bridge, will almost certainly …


September 5, 2007

The Miranda Hiccup

I’ve been thinking about a particular situation that might arise as a result of police negligence and, as you might expect, it’s at once a sad and funny thing to think about.

As most of us know, since 1966 …


July 12, 2007

Federal Law Blocks Marriage For Illegal Immigrants

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Filed under: Federal Law,Immigration - 12 Jul 2007

A new federal law is inadvertently making it impossible for illegal immigrants to get married in the United States. The law, which has been in the books for over a decade, requires couples to present their Social Security numbers …


June 18, 2007

White House Emails Likely Violated the Hatch Act

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Filed under: Federal Law,Policy,White House - 18 Jun 2007

The Hatch Act, 5 USC ยง 7324, states:
(a) A political employee may not engage in political activity —
(1) while the employee is on duty;
(2) in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties by an individual employed …


June 14, 2007

Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act In Action

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Filed under: Criminal Law,Federal Law,Felony - 14 Jun 2007

Yesterday, Shroma Hollywood Lang became the second man convicted under a new federal law, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which prosecutes convicted sex offenders for failing to register as sex offenders when they move into a new …


June 4, 2007

Considering Federal Preemption

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Filed under: Federal Law,State Law - 04 Jun 2007

I just read that the topic of federal preemption was considered arcane only a few years ago. This surprised me, since the issue seems to pop up all over the news these days, particularly regarding immigration, clean air laws, …